10. Madam Lou Bunch Day
Every June, the old mining town of Central City honors the memory of good-hearted madam Lou Bunch with bed races down the center of the street. Get the 2017 schedule at centralcitycolorado.us.
9. Mike the Headless Chicken Festival
Fruita honors Mike, the chicken that would not die, every June. In 1945, a farmer’s ax took off Mike’s head but did not sever his brain stem, and the bird lived another eighteen months — long enough to tour the country as Mike the Headless Wonder Chicken and inspire this annual festival. Find out more at miketheheadlesschicken.org.
8. Manitou Springs Fruitcake Toss
The fruitcakes fly every January in Manitou Springs, where everyone’s least-favorite holiday dessert is celebrated not just with the traditional toss (bonus: fruitcakes can be reused each year), but with a costume competition and bake-off, as well. Watch visitcos.com/fruitcake-toss for next year’s date.
7. National Western Stock Show and Rodeo
The National Western is the largest stock show and rodeo in the world, so full of Western fun and funnel cakes that it will stretch from January 7 through January 22 in 2017 — and is the focal point of a billion-dollar project to keep it in Denver. Find out more at nationalwestern.com.
6. Colorado Championship Ranch Rodeo
Party with the real pros in Hugo every year, where working ranch cowboys compete at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. This is one of Colorado’s most down-home events; watch for next year’s schedule on coloradochampionshipranchrodeo.com.
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