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Donkey Derby Days

This festival centers around Cripple Creek's herd of donkeys, which are believed to be descendents of the donkeys used in the gold mining days.

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Brady Mick and Sandy Mundy coax a slow moving donkey in the donkey races at Donkey Derby Days on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Donkey Derby Days continues in Cripple Creek through Sunday with more races. The donkeys in Cripple Creek are believed to be descendents of the donkeys used during the gold mining days of the town. They can be seen roaming freely through the streets and avenues of the town on most days. Two businessmen from Cripple Creek started Donkey Derby Days in 1933. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Brian Gum and Yvonne Sularski rest of the back of a donkey that they had "raced" down Bennett Ave. in Cripple Creek as a part of the annual Donkey Derby Days on Saturday, June 29, 2013. The festival continues on Sunday in Cripple Creek. The herd of donkeys in Cripple Creek are believed to be descendents of the ones used in the gold mining days. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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A donkey and guide run down Cripple Creek in the annual Donkey Derby Days on Saturday, June 29, 2013. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Tyler Savage carries an inflatable donkey while he and his family, grandmother Kathy Savage, mom Meredith Savage and sister Shea Savage visit Donkey Derby Days on Saturday, June 29, 2013. The festival weekend is based on the historical use of donkeys in the old gold mining town. Donkey Derby Days continues in Cripple Creek through Sunday. One of the most popular events are the donkey races. The donkeys in Cripple Creek are believed to be descendents of the donkeys used during the gold mining days of the town. They can be seen roaming freely through the streets and avenues of the town on most days. Two businessmen from Cripple Creek started Donkey Derby Days in 1933. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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