The time for what is arguably Golden’s most famous signature event is rapidly approaching. I’m talking about the one and only Buffalo Bill Days celebration. It’s going to be happening this year from July 28 through July 31. Most of the events happen Friday through Sunday.
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For the uninitiated, and those people who never noticed the big statue of the cowboy looking guy in the middle of the roundabout on our downtown main street, Washington Avenue, this is the place that holds the most history of the infamous Buffalo Bill. He’s buried on top of that mountain next to the one with the big “M” on it and there’s a whole museum dedicated to him up there too.
Buffalo Bill Days was started back in 1947 just to commemorate his 100th birthday, but it has pretty much carried on in one form or another ever since.
This is an event that kind of takes over all of downtown Golden for the weekend, and it’s jam packed with live music, an arts and crafts show, a car show and other unique happenings. Of course, the highlight of it is the annual “Best of the West” parade on Saturday featuring a whole lot of guys who look like Buffalo Bill waving to the crowd.
I’m going to break a bit from the normal format of my column and put the entire schedule of events in here. Most of them, including the Craft Festival and live music take place in Parfet Park on the corner of 10th Street and Washington Avenue. The Car Show is at the American Legion Post 21 at 500 9th St. and the parade route is up Washington Avenue from 9th Street to 13th Street. The quintessential Golden Mutton Bustin’ event will be held at the east end of Lions Field on 10th Street. I’ll note the rest in the schedule.
That’s the day for the Annual Golf Tournament at Applewood Golf Course. Shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. and the awards dinner is at 6:30 p.m.
The rest of the event kicks off with opening remarks at the Parfet Park stage at 5 p.m. with the Craft Festival and Children’s Activities going from 5-10 p.m. The musical entertainment that night will be DanceX Brad starting at 5 p.m. and Chris Daniels at 7:30 p.m.
This day starts early with the Annual Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Golden Fire Department from 6-10 a.m. at the Fire Station on 10th and Arapahoe. The Craft Festival and Children’s Activities run from 10 a.m. -10p.m., the Best of the West Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. and the musical entertainment for the day includes 20 Hands High at noon, Orchard Road at 2 p.m., Young at Heart band at 4:30 p.m. and Cash’d Out at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday starts early as well with the 15th Annual Worship Service in Parfet Park at 9 a.m., the Craft Festival and Children’s Activities go from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., the Car Show runs from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mutton Bustin’ is at 11 a.m. and Sunday’s music will be the Denver Jazz Club Youth All Stars at noon followed by The Long Run at 2 p.m.
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