Festival celebrates the history of one of our favorite ski towns

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 13, 2010 9:46 am

Breckenridge, CO – Residents and visitors alike can relive the fascinating history and heritage of Breckenridge during Kingdom Days held throughout the Colorado ski resort town June 19 and 20. The Breckenridge Resort Chamber, in conjunction with the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and various other Breckenridge non-profits and local businesses are offering a line-up of events and activities including the town’s famed outhouse races, historic mine tours, museum exhibits, gun fights, live bluegrass music, blacksmithing demonstrations, storytelling, historic hikes and kids’ activities all weekend long.

New this year, Kingdom Days will include tours of the new Summit Ski Museum, a historic home tour and a public art dedication of the “Outcropping House II” by Albert Bellevue, a stone and steel outhouse sculpture located in the Arts District of Breckenridge.

Festivities will wrap-up on Sunday afternoon with Breckenridge’s fourth annual outhouse races on Ridge Street at 3 p.m. A party at Carter Park with take place following the outhouse races with a $5 BBQ (includes a meal and two drink vouchers) and live bluegrass music from Summit County’s The Luv Brothers.

Why the name, “Kingdom Days?” Breckenridge was inadvertently left off a U.S. map in the mid-1800s and became known as “Colorado’s Kingdom” until the mistake was discovered nearly a half a century later in 1936 when it was finally incorporated. So began the quirky character of Breckenridge that lives on today. Kingdom Days is a way for both visitors and locals of all ages to experience the lure of Breckenridge to the adventurous gold prospectors of the past and the modern day snow prospectors of the present, still in search of adventure.

For a full schedule of Kingdom Days events and lodging information, visit www.GoBreck.com or call (877) 593-5260.