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Donkey Derby Days 

When: June 27-28 2015

Just last week I met a guy who participates in annual summer burro races: 6- to 29-mile slogs running alongside a weighted-down donkey. Interesting dude, and sport. And certainly more ambitious than today's donkey race from the Cripple Creek jail museum to the town's district museum, as part of the 84th Donkey Derby Days (, which runs from 7 a.m. to late, today and tomorrow. Festivities are free, and include donkey rides and calling contests, a petting zoo, dog show, pancake breakfasts and much more, including performances at the Butte Theater. So get your ass up to Cripple Creek. — Matthew Schniper



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