The Eagle Flight Days Burro Race began in 1980 with the course beginning at Third St. and Broadway, proceeding up Bellyache Ridge and back. If you remember a previous blog, this was the same race in which burro Richard Nixon ran over his handler, Jim Gregg of Dillon, who sustained a cut to his head but bravely continued running. The Eagle races went through 1984 and disappeared from the festivities after that. This year, the burros are back in Eagle County for the 1st Annual Minturn Pack Burro Race, August 25, 2012, 10AM-12PM. Pack Burro racing was designated Colorado’s Summer Heritage Sport-2012 by the Colorado State Legislature which passed a Joint Resolution during the 2012 session. The race is a fundraiser for the Literacy Project of Eagle County http://www.literacyprojecteaglecounty.org/BURRO.html and is sponsored by the Western Pack Burro Association as part of its race series http://www.packburroracing.com/ . It will follow a 4.5 mile course through Minturn.
Photo postcard postmarked Avon, Colorado June 1907. Inscription: "Earlene has taken to riding broncos for pastime. Effa"
circa 1930: Dad Wellington and grandson, John Wellington, seated in buckboard, ready to deliver the mail.