Buffalo Bill Days riding into town again

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When you are a resident of Golden, there are a few things about the town you can’t miss. One is a huge brewery making beer all day and night, another is a terrific engineering college that has its campus right in the middle of town and a huge “M“ on the mountainside. The third is that the most famous Wild West hero of all time is buried on the same mountain. Of course, the character I am talking about is the one and only Buffalo Bill Cody.

I grew up here, and one thing I always looked forward to was our annual Buffalo Bill Days celebration.

Sure, every town has its own special festivals, but ours is unique in that it brings forth a lot of our western history and has a true legend as its focal point. This year promises to bring another terrific weekend of fun to our community, packed with a lot of extra special events.

To begin with , the 2013 Buffalo Bill Days will take place Wednesday, July 24, through Sunday, July 28. It begins with a Shotgun Golf Tournament on Wednesday at the Applewood Golf Course, followed by an awards banquet. Thursday brings us the Golden Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at the Buffalo Rose from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. But Friday is when things really kick off for the weekend.

The total events of the weekend are too numerous to list in this column, but here are a few of the highlights:

Friday through Sunday will feature an arts-and-crafts fair, along with other merchandise for sale, food, beer and bull riding in Parfet Park with children’s rides and activities on the east end of the park. Saturday and Sunday will also have free train rides on “Lil” Spike up and down the Clear Creek Trail.

Friday night you can catch The Gromet, and Chris Daniels and the Kings on the main stage at the park.

On Saturday, there will be a few of the annual favorites, including the pancake breakfast hosted by the Golden Fire Department at the fire station 6-10 a.m., the “Best of the West” parade through town starting at 10 a.m., and a show called “Cody’s Wild West” re-enacting some of the Wild West shows of the past. That will be at Lions Park ball field 12:30-3 p.m.

Saturday’s featured bands will be The Last Flight Out, Strange Radio, JP Harris and the Tough Choices, and Brad Lee Schroeder.

Sunday is another fun filled day that will begin with a community worship service, followed by the ever popular Muttin Bustin contest for kids.

All day long you can see two great car shows happening up and down Washington Ave. The 13th annual Orphan Car Show as well as the 10th annual Classics and Street Rods Car Show.

This is also the day the Duck Race is happening. What’s that? Buy a numbered rubber ducky and watch it race down Clear Creek for prizes.

For more information about all the activities, visit the Buffalo Bill Days website at www.buffalobilldays.com or call 303-279-3342.