Donkey Derby Days in Cripple Creek, Colorado

This is what I, Zeb the Duck, saw as mom and I entered Cripple Creek.

Festival at Cripple Creek

Festival at Cripple Creek

This is a beautiful town 44 miles southwest of Colorado Springs, and there is a festival now. It is Donkey Derby Days in Cripple Creek.

Donkey Derby Days

Donkey Derby Days

Young humans can ride on donkeys.

Enjoying a donkey ride

Enjoying a donkey ride

There is a dog show and we saw these dressed up dogs.

Dressed up today

Dressed up today

So pretty

So pretty

Also, this is a really tall dog.

So tall

So tall

All the dogs looked good and were so nice.

Festivals always have venders and Donkey Derby venders had things I don’t usually see at festivals. I loved these wooden bowls.

Great bowls

Great bowls

And chandeliers and coat racks from antlers.

All from antlers

All from antlers

There were even booths with wooden pictures. I enjoyed the booth with items from Peru and the Andes. Remember JB Duck was recently there.   Just look at these hummingbird feeders.

Hummingbirds are so fast

Hummingbirds are so fast

Everything is so nice here.

Of course, festivals make us hungry. There was burger, hot dogs, burritos, and my favorite funnel cakes. Today mom found the brats.

She saw this sign

She saw this sign

Good lunch

Good lunch

Cripple Creek’s Donkey Derby really had donkey races. The donkeys, each with 2 humans, lined up at the top of the hill.

Donkeys are ready

Donkeys are ready

The street was cleared and the donkey race began.

Here they come

Here they come

The donkeys raced right passed us.

This donkey is running with the human

This donkey is running with the human

She is leading donkey toward the finish line

She is leading donkey toward the finish line

Cripple Creek is a friendly former gold mining camp. They have great festivals. There is also camping and many mountain activities available. The altitude is 9494 feet above sea level, so drink water and be careful. When you want something to do inside, Cripple Creek has legal gambling. Many historic buildings have been converted to casinos. You will be glad you visited Cripple Creek.

Frog Rodeo in Empire, Colorado

We went to a frog rodeo!  Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck went with their moms to Empire, Colorado Saturday.

First stop was here to purchase frog rodeo t-shirts.

28th annual Frog Rodeo

28th annual Frog Rodeo

Mom’s shirt says this is the 28th annual Frog Rodeo.  Stuffed frogs were also available.

Lots of frog items

Ducks like frogs

So many possibilities for souvenirs to take home.

Many booths, many choices!

Many booths, many choices!

There were games and play areas for kids.

Ducks would like this

Ducks would like this, too

Here humans can throw baseballs at the red square on the right.

Hit the red square and in the water he goes

Hit the red square and in the water he goes

If the red square is hit, the boy on the seat inside will fall into the water.  Money goes to a good cause of course.    We like these huge bubbles on the water.

Humans have so much fun

Humans have so much fun

Humans can go inside and try to walk on water.

Humans throw bean bags at these frogs

Toss bean bag in mouth and win!

Toss bean bag in mouth and win!

and win a prize if bean bag goes in frog’s mouth.

One of the main events is a frog race.  Humans rent a frog.  Little humans sit on this tarp,

Getting ready

Getting ready

put the frog on the tarp in the center circle and place a plastic cup over frog.  At the signal, the plastic cup is removed and the frog is to run or hop to the outside circle.  If the frog does not willingly race to the outer circle,

Jump frog!

Jump frog!

the children may spray water on the frog to encourage frog jumping to the winner circle.

The frog is a winner!

The frog is a winner!

There were several frog races Saturday.  This is something we never saw before.  You should attend a frog rodeo near you, or come to Empire, Colorado next year.

There is still more.  Here humans are using hula-hoops.

Hula-hoop time!

Hula-hoop time!

This was a good day.  The weather was nice and everybody seemed to have a good time.  The bands were good, too.  Be sure to visit festivals near you, or come to Colorado and enjoy festivals here.

FESTIVAL OF SCARECROWS

WOW!  I saw so many scarecrows Saturday.  I didn’t even know what a scarecrow was a few days ago.

I am on a scarecrow

I am on a scarecrow

Olde Arvada had scarecrows all over Olde Arvada Square Saturday. IMG_4356 IMG_4359I learned that scarecrows could be placed in fields to scare the crows away from the fields.  The ones I saw were so cute.  Not at all scary.

Guess the crows didn’t think the scarecrows were scary either.  There was a man walking around with a straw hat and a crow on his shoulder.  Here he is judging the pumpkin pie eating contest.

He has a crow on his shoulder

He has a crow on his shoulder

Contestants cannot use hands to eat.  Quite a messy event.

Pumpkins were on the ground, pumpkins were decorated for HalloweenIMG_4365IMG_4381 and there was a contest for best pumpkin dish.  Ducks were not allowed to judge the food.  Too bad.  It all looked delicious.

Gunnysacks were available for races.  This was new to me.  Kids, and parents, stand in a gunnysack and try to run.

Getting a little help

Getting a little help

Looked crazy, but everybody seemed to be having fun.  As I attend more festivals I am sure I will see more of these games.  Remember, I was only born this summer.

A tractor pulled a hay wagon and the kids and parents could ride on the hay wagon.

This looks fun

This looks fun

We even saw a few alpacas.  The alpacas, similar to llamas, were adorable.  A mom and a young alpaca posed for pictures.

Baby alpaca watching me

Baby alpaca watching me

Mom alpaca had her head in straw

Mom alpaca had her head in straw

They sure have long necks.

Alpaca.  Long neck and so sweet

Alpaca. Long neck and so sweet

Lots of booths at the festival.  Many selling souvenirs and many selling food and beverages.  The pulled pork sure smelled good.  They had mom’s favorite kettle corn booth.  I enjoyed it also.

Barney the Dinosaur

The parade begins

The parade begins

led the parade of children (and adults) in costumes.

I love butterflies

I love butterflies

This was so much fun.  So many costumes.  Mom said this was for Halloween.  I have never experienced Halloween, but I am looking forward to it.  I hope you were there Saturday.  It was a great annual festival.

Festival of Scarecrows

Festival of Scarecrows