Victor Gold Rush Days
 July 15-17, 2022

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Join us in celebrating 128 years of mining heritage at Victor Gold Rush Days July 15-17, 2022 in historic Victor, Colorado – the City of Gold Mines. 

Throughout the entire three days, activities will include gold panning, Salida circus workshops, bouncy house area, chainsaw wood carving demos and a variety of food and merchandise vendors.  

Friday  the Victor Elks Lodge #367 will host a chili supper and the “Elk Stampede” dance with a performance by the Silver Moon Riders starting at 7pm.    

Additional Saturday events kick off with the Victor Volunteer Fire Dept pancake breakfast, followed by mining demonstrations, Gold Camp Adventure Tour* (10 am), the highest altitude known antique tractor pull, Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association tournament in the historic Gold Bowl, Sunnyside Cemetery guided walking tour* (1pm), Victor Heritage Society’s Historic Building Tours (11-3), Victor Ag and Mining Museum’s chuckwagon lunch, blacksmith demonstrations, old fashioned kids’ games, a petting zoo with a variety of animals and a beer garden and music on the stage in Victor’s Pinnacle Plaza. On stage performances include Carri Dell, Levi Richardson,  Brian Grace Band and Sisters of the Moon.  We welcome the Tejon Street Corner Thieves back to Victor to perform from 8:00-9:30 pm.   

 Sunday’s festivities include a VFD pancake breakfast, tractor pull, annual Gold Rush Day parade at noon, a vintage baseball finale game, chuckwagon lunch, beer garden, music as well as Cosmic Entertainment karaoke on the Pinnacle Plaza stage.  Other on-stage performances include DOTS 2.0, Backstage People and Levi Richardson.    

While in town, check out our merchants, museums and eateries located in the designated National Historic District.   Take a little trip and step back in time!  If you decide to stay over there are several lodging accommodations available.    

*Advanced reservations for these activities are recommended and can be booked at    victormuseum.com

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The History of Gold Rush Days
Gold Rush Days started in 1895 as the “World Celebration” in celebration of the town's incorporation as a city July 16, 1894, and honored Victor C. Adams, one of Victor’s original settlers, and the man Victor was named after. Because mining moved into the area and changed the face of the town, the celebration was next billed as the “Annual Miners Reunion” and consisted of a carnival and street parade.

The Miners Reunion continued until 1899 when a fire destroyed most of downtown Victor and some of the surrounding residential areas. Following the fire, the next celebration was in 1904. Ringling Brothers was the featured attraction. They set up their “big top” at the corner of Fourth Street and Victor Avenue. The famous picture of the tight-wire walker balancing on the wire above a street full of people is said to have been taken during this celebration. The population of Victor was approximately 8,000 people at that time.

The celebration continued uninterrupted until WWI when the celebration was stopped for two years. After the war, it started up again in 1918. The main attractions at that time were the hard rock drilling contests and the timed races of all the fire departments in the district.

After WWII the name changed to Gold Rush Days. During this period, Lowell Thomas, Governor Ralph Carr and other dignitaries came to ride in the parade and enjoy the fun with the Victor residents.

Gold Rush Days has continued uninterrupted since it claimed that name after WWII until 2020 when COVID-19 safety concerns forced cancellation of the event. In 2021 the event was revived.

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