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The venue for the 2019 Gold Rush Days Aug. 10-11 has changed to the Buena Vista River Park, said BV Chamber of Commerce marketing director Jamie Billesbach.

Centered around Buena Vista’s Pack Burro Race, which starts on East Main Street and moves through the Midland Hill trail system, many of Gold Rush Days’ festivities have taken place across U.S. 24 in McPhelemy Park.

This year, the chamber announced the nexus of the event will be moved to the soccer field and surrounding area near the Arkansas River – and closer to the Barbara Whipple bridge, where spectators can see the race’s frontrunners cross and make a final dash to the finish line.

After the burros take off from East Main Street at Colorado Avenue (in between the Trailhead and the Roastery), spectators have the opportunity to win cash prizes by racing mini burros themselves between Colorado and Court streets, a poop-scooping race and a Poop Drop lottery.

Wann said that the Poop Drop, sponsored by Black Burro bikes, will divide the starting stretch of the race course into a grid. Contestants will be able to buy squares on the grid, and whichever square has the most poop on it earns prize money.

Half of the Poop Drop proceeds go to Chaffee County Search & Rescue-North. Any square that hasn’t been claimed by the race’s start will be claimed by SAR, Wann said.

The poop-scooping race will have contestants run to the other end of the street to grab shovels and gardening implements, some better suited to the task than others, and trash bags.

Whoever has the heaviest bag and the end of the race wins.

Music curated by new GRD partner The Lariat will begin at the river park soccer field at 11 a.m., Saturday with Mama Magnolia and continue both days with Gingerbomb, Whitewater Ramble, Boot Gun, Mo’Champipple and Bruce Hayes and Ragged Mountain Bluegrass.

That evening from 6-9 p.m., blueswoman Barb Maxey will be playing a free show at The Lariat. Then at 10 p.m., The Fritz will be playing at the Lariat for a $10 entry fee.

Also Saturday are performances by The Madams of Central Colorado at the BV Heritage Museum, who illuminate the worlds of fallen women in humankind’s oldest profession – and one of Buena Vista’s major industries during the late 19th century.

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