Street Festival & Vendors • Mining Competitions • Live Music • and More!
July 4th Parade – 10:00am
Colorado State Mining Championships
Days of ’92 Mining Championship
Creede ChuteOut Rodeo – Special Show
Elks Lodge Annual Dance
Fireworks (Weather Depending)
It’s only fitting that Creede’s largest festival of the year centers around preserving the history of mining. Like many Western mining towns, Creede has always had mining competitions. When the area’s mines were operational, the events were sponsored by the different mining companies as morale boosters for the miners. With the mines being mostly closed for more than 30 years, the need to preserve Creede’s mining past is as important as ever. Creede is and always has been a close community whose residents pride themselves on the town’s storied past.
For more than 40 years now, Creede has hosted a privately-funded, two-day competition that draws mining competitors from across the Southwest region. The competitors are actual miners who come to Creede for the July 4th each year to battle for the highly-coveted prize of “Best Overall Miner of the Year.”
The first day of the competition begins on July 4, 2019, and is called the Colorado State Mining Championships. The day features a taxing gamut of events that test the skill levels of the miners both physically and mentally. The second day of competition is the Days of ‘92. This competition has been a staple since the 1960s, but when the State Mining Championships came to Creede in the late 1970s, the two competitions were melded together into one.
The different events, Jack-Leg Drilling, Hand Steeling, Hand Mucking, Spike Driving, and Machine Mucking, are designed to show spectators the daily life of a hardrock miner.
Spectators can enjoy the mining events every year in the Basham Park arena in downtown Creede. The events are free to the public and a permanent grandstand has been constructed for easy viewing. The events begin both mornings at 9 a.m. and usually last until mid-afternoon. The events break for lunch both days and for the July 4 parade that begins at 10 a.m. It’s advised you arrive early for the parade, as traditionally more than 10,000 people crowd the streets to get a glimpse of the unique floats!
Woodcarving classes are held in the Community Center, and Fire House, next to the Underground Mining Museum. 30 Instructors teach a large variety of classes over 7 days, from beginner to advanced skill levels. Check out the tool and wood vendors, artist displays and sales. Activities include an Auction, Drawings, and Banquet.