Street Festival & Vendors • Mining Competitions • Live Music • and More!

Sunday, July 2nd, 2023
1pm - "Clue: On Stage" performance at Creede Repertory Theatre
7pm- "Mountain Octopus" performance at Creede Repertory Theatre

Monday, July 3rd, 2023
9 am - Late Afternoon: Days of ‘92 Mining Competitions
   Team Machine (Jack-leg) Drilling
   Spike Driving • Double Jack • Machine Mucking
Street Vendors, Beer Garden
8pm - Elks Lodge Dance
Live Music at various places around town

Tuesday, July 4th, 2023
9 am - Late Afternoon: State Mining Championships
   Hand-mucking • Machine (Jack-leg) • Drilling Single Jack
10 am - Parade "Creede: The True Silver Lining"
Street Vendors, Beer Garden, and Farmer's Market
6pm- "Cinderella" performance at Creede Repertory Theatre

6:30 pm - ChuteOut Rodeo at Fairgrounds
Dark-Thirty: Fireworks (South of Creede at the RV Park)
Live Music at various places around town

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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 46 years now, Creede has hosted a two-day competition that draws mining competitors from across the Southwest region. The competitors are actual miners who come to Creede on July 4th each year to battle for the highly-coveted prize of “Best Overall Miner of the Year”.

On the first day of the competition, the Colorado State Mining Championships features a taxing gamut of events that test the skill levels of the miners both physically and mentally. The second day of competition, the Days of ‘92,  has been a staple since the 1960s. 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. 

Interested in being a vendor? Contact the Creede Farmer's Market at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Contact Kristeen with Parks and Rec if you have questions (719-658-2729). 

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Creede CO 81130
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