Labor Day Weekend!

creede hot air balloon festivalBalloon Festival

Kick off Labor Day Weekend in Creede with our Annual Balloon Festival! Spectators and passengers gather each morning for three days (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) to participate in the launching of more than 15 balloons! Tailgate parties and evening “balloon glow” events round out the festival. Held by Creede Mining Heritage, with proceeds to benefit the restoration of the historic Sunnyside Chapel.

creede mountain run marathon raceCreede Mountain Run

Saturday morning - Open registration, all age groups! The Creede Mountain Run, established in 1987, celebrates the end of Summer and the beginning of Fall in our small mountain community. This event offers participants the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking San Juan Mountains in Colorado for 2, 12, or 22 miles (almost a marathon)!

The race begins within the town of Creede, leading racers along Main Street early in the morning, as sleepy stores open and coffee-shop patrons step onto the street to cheer racers on. The course follows Willow Creek out of town and up towards the Black Pitch. The two-milers turn back for their second mile, while the 12 and 22-mile runners continue along a steep incline up the Pitch, testing their endurance for quick altitude gain while piquing their interest with old mines hanging precariously from vertical cliffs. The 12-milers round out the Bachelor Loop, while the 22-milers climb up to the top of the Continental Divide, before making their return into Creede and the finish line.

Pre-Register or sign up at 7:30am on Saturday morning. Race starts at 9am. Awards ceremony are held Saturday afternoon. For REGISTRATION and more info visit www.creedemountainrun.com

creede salsa fiesta tastingSalsa Fiesta

Spicing up the Labor Day weekend, Creede hosts a festival celebrating our versions of a Southwest staple. The annual Salsa Fiesta has become a hot ticket item (pun intended) and people travel from all over the country to taste test their way to a cool glass of water. The best part of this festival—you’re the judge. There are usually 15-plus stations throughout the downtown area in which local chefs and businesses try their hands at creating original salsa concoctions that fall into four categories: Red, Green, Fruit and Freestyle. There is always live music on Main Street or in Basham Park to help you dance your way to the next chip bowl.

Those who wish to brave the heat can purchase tasting tickets at the Visitor Center. Salsa Fiesta is Saturday only.

creede gravity derby raceGravity Derby

Join the annual free-style soapbox derby down Main Street! The race is on Sunday, with multiple heats. The spectacle features more than 15 participants from all age groups. Only 3 rules: rides must steer, brake and stop! (well, and no motors or pedal power - let gravity do the work!).

Pre-register at the Visitor Center, or same day at the north end of Main Street. Vehicles should be brought to the staging area in front of the Theatre at the top of main Street between 7:30 and 8:30am for inspection, waivers and registration.

creede atv rodeo raceATV Rodeo

This version of a “rodeo” allows the whole family to get involved! ATVs, OHVs, and UTVs are used in events such as barrel racing, pole bending, and flags - testing speed and ATV driving abilities! Takes place at the Mineral County Fairgrounds/Upper Rio Grande Events Complex.

Registration begins at 10am. All ages welcome to ride. Competition begins at Noon.

 

 

Tentative Event Schedule (subject to change!)

Friday

7am - Balloon ascension and tailgate party, Mineral County Airport
7pm - Tally's Folly, CRT’s Ruth Theatre

Saturday

6am - Balloon glow party and pre-flight pancake breakfast (donations)
7am - Balloon ascension and tailgate party, Mineral County Airport
9am - Creede Mountain Run, Loma Ave.-behind Kentucky Belle
11am-4pm - Salsa Fiesta (buy tickets at Visitor's Center)
1pm - General Store, CRT Main Stage
7pm - Tally's Folly, CRT’s Ruth Theatre
10pm - Boomtown!, CRT Ruth Theatre

Sunday

7am - Balloon ascension and tailgate party, Mineral County Airport
11am - Gravity Derby, Main Street
10am-2pm - Hamburger/hotdog lunch fundraiser, next to San Juan Sports, benefitting the Creede Snowmobile Club
11am - Church services – Community Church, Baptist Church
1pm - General Store, CRT’s Main Stage
1:00pm Church Services - Episcopal Church
6:30pm Celtic Service—Episcopal Church

Monday

Noon - ATV Rodeo, Mineral County Fairgrounds