Victor, City of Gold Mines, invites you to Gold Rush Days. Each year Victor, City of Gold Mines, celebrates its rich mining history by commemorating the hard rock miners of yesteryear and honoring today's modern mining. Amateurs and professionals alike compete in traditional mining games including ore mucking, jackleg drilling and hand steel drilling sponsored by CC& V Gold Mining Company.
New to the festival this year is a beer garden, sponsored by the Victor Volunteer Fire Department and making a return is the downhill gravity races presented by Fortune Club Liquors. We also welcome back the popular Tractor Pull & Antique Tractor Show.
Start the morning with a pancake breakfast at the fire station, check out the vendors, participate in races, games and other activities, do some gold panning, visit an active gold mine, watch the parade and tractor pulls, tour historic homes, see a real blacksmith, visit the Lowell Thomas Museum, relax in the beer garden, enjoy live entertainment and dance the night away - there is something for everyone.
2011 Schedule of Events: Friday, July 15 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Gold Panning at Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, 3rd & Victor Ave 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - CC&V Gold Mine Tours, Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, make reservations at victorcolorado.com All Day â€“ Visit the many Vendors along 3rd Street & Victor Ave. 5:30 p.m. - Chili Dinner at the Victor Elks Lodge #367, North 3rd St. 6 p.m. until Midnight - Beer Garden to benefit the Victor Volunteer Fire Department 7 p.m. until Midnight - Street Dance Featuring Buffalo Thunder, 3rd & Victor Saturday, July 16 7 a.m. â€“ Victor Volunteer Fire Department hosts the annual Pancake Breakfast 8:30 a.m. â€“ Registration for the Mining Games Sponsored by Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company 9 a.m. â€“ Let the Mining Games Begin! All Day â€“ Blacksmith Demonstrations at Battle Mountain Suttlers & Vindicator Arms, 112 S. 3rd St All Day â€“ Visit the many Vendors along 3rd Street & Victor Ave. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Gold Panning at Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, 3rd & Victor 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - CC&V Gold Mine Tours, Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, make reservations at victorcolorado.com 10 a.m. - Tractor Pull Competition begins, located at the Heliport, Teller CR 81 & Phantom Canyon Rd. Catch the shuttle to and from town. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Beer Garden to benefit the Victor Volunteer Fire Department 11 a.m. to Noon â€“ Enjoy fiddling by Harkens' and Friends, on stage at 3rd & Victor. 11 a.m. â€“ Registration for Downhill Gravity Races presented by Victor Club Liquors. www.fortuneclubliquors.qwestoffice.net/ 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Historic Home & Building Tour presented by the Victor Heritage Society. Tickets $5 available at local merchants. Noon - Fortune Club Liquors 1st Annual Downhill Gravity Races begins Noon to 2 p.m. - Kids Games & Watermelon Feed at Wallace Park, 4th & Victor Ave 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. â€“ Bowl a perfect frame at the Historic Victor Bowling Alley and win a Silver Dollar, 106 S. 3rd St. 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Indian Dancers on stage at 3rd & Victor 8 pm until Midnight - Cripple Creek & Victor Reunion Dance featuring The Geezers, Victor Elks Lodge #367, North 3rd St Sunday, July 17 7 a.m. â€“ Victor Volunteer Fire Department hosts the annual Pancake Breakfast 7 a.m. - Register & Check In, Gold Rush-Gold Rush Foot Race at City Hall All Day â€“ Visit the many Vendors along 3rd Street and Victor Ave. 8:30 a.m. â€“ 2011 Gold Rush-Gold Rush 9 Mile Mountain Race begins at City Hall, 500 Victor Ave. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Gold Panning at Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, 3rd & Victor 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - CC&V Gold Mine Tours, Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, make reservations at victorcolorado.com Noon â€“ Parade Registration & Line up 12:30 pm â€“ Gold Rush Days Parade 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. â€“ Bowl a perfect frame at the Historic Victor Bowling Alley and win a Silver Dollar, 106 S. 3rd St.
Victor, City of Gold Mines, incorporated in 1893, still retains much of its historic mining town atmosphere. A stroll down Victor Avenue is a trip back in time, with its many 100-year old buildings and views of the mining headframes that produced so much of the wealth in the Cripple Creek-Victor Mining District. Victor is one the few places left that has kept its historic mountain town appeal and we hope that you will find it a place to return to often, recommend to others or even find a business opportunity of your own.
Victor has several shops offering antiques, collectibles, local art and even an old-fashioned soda fountain. Recreational opportunities and outdoor fun abound here too. Little Grouse Mountain Trail is located just west of Victor, near the highest bridge on the state highway system. A mining exhibit here provides an up close look at authentic mining equipment once used in the underground mining. The interpretive Vindicator Valley and Battle Mountain Trails take you back to the 1890's, winding past remaining structures of the some of the richest mines in the district. Mountain bikers enjoy the challenge of our high altitude, fishing enthusiasts enjoy Skaguay Reservoir, just six miles from Victor. Other events this year include Victor Celebrates the Arts, Casa Bike for Hope, Vets Rally Best Dressed Motorcycle Pageant, Stargazing and Richard Marold as Nikola Tesla at the Stratton Outdoor Amphitheater, and Gold Camp Christmas & Headframe Lighting.
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