Gold Rush Days

I, Zeb the Duck went to Buena Vista, Colorado for Gold Rush Days.  It was great!  We went Sunday, August 10, 2014.  First the burros were blessed.  After they started the race, we all went to the Lariat Saloon.

Lariat Saloon since 1885

Lariat Saloon established in 1885

A fight started at the bar and soon there was a shooting.

And the fight starts

And the fight starts

One man was arrested and hand cuffed.

Caught in the act

Caught in the act

The other man was dead on the floor.

Dead on the floor

Dead on the floor

We all went to the jail for a hanging.  At the jail, the sheriff decided not to hang the killer, but gave us a history lesson.  Only one hanging occurred in Buena Vista.  Usually the guilty were run out of town.  Of course, this was all an act and here are the main characters:

Cast in the Buena Vista shootout

Cast in the Buena Vista shootout

The sheriff, the killer, the killed, and the ladies of the evening.  Wow!  This was great.

While we waited for the winning burros to return, I saw something new. We watched the toilet seat races!!   The toilet seats have 3 wheels on the bottom.

Racers toilet seat

Racers toilet seat

Humans kneel, sit or any position, use 2 toilet plungers like ski poles, feet never touching the ground, and race to the finish line. The races are by age groups. Here are young humans ready to race.

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

This guy is doing great!

Doing great.  Hard to keep balance

Doing great. Hard to keep balance

The last race was for adults. This is a new racing position.

Large man racing

Large man racing

Remember– feet cannot touch ground. Here I, Zeb the Duck, am with several toilet seats.

I never sat on so many toilet seats

I never sat on so many toilet seats

The winner of each race receives a prize. This young lady won a golden plunger.

Girl in pink hat wins golden plunger

Girl in pink hat wins golden plunger

Here come the burros.

First two burros to finish race

First two burros to finish race

These two are so close. The winner, on the right wearing a red shirt, is Justin from Conifer, Colorado. His burro is Yukon Jack. The burros have microchips on the halter, so we know the winning time was 1 hour, 35 minutes and 56 seconds. A fraction of second behind was Patrick from California, on the left with a number 4.  Patrick was the winner last year.   Look at the shoes.

Look at the shoes on the racers

Look at the shoes on the racers

Justin from Conifer has running shoes and Patrick from California wears running sandals!

This was a festival, so we visited vender’s booths, ate funnel cake, and watched kids play. Buena Vista is on the Arkansas River and is a great town.

Love the river

Love the river

We will visit again and hope you visit here also.

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