Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #104 – Summer Part 2

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The Lens-Artists Challenge is hosted this week by Amy.

Per she: “We are hosting the theme “Seasons” for the entire month. This week, the theme is “summer”.”

Summer is also a time of festivals, parades, fairs, and fetes. The annual Burro Days at the end of July in Fairplay, Colorado, has a crafts fair, parade, light-hearted llama races, and culminates with the 28-30 mile burro race on Sunday. Sometimes a Mountain Man Rendezvous is nearby, with re-enactors living like early frontiersmen and women.

The burro race runs from 9954′ ASL Fairplay to 13,185′ Mosquito Pass, and back. Racers run and walk ‘beside’ a burro, not on it. Considerable training is involved for the dedicated, as it is no easy feat to get a burro to hoof it for 28+ miles, let alone hoof it yourself over rough terrain for more than a marathon’s worth of distance.

My photos from races in 2001, 2002, and 2003 may be a bit fuzzy, possibly due to using a Sony Mavica FD-1 early digital camera, recording on a 3.5″ floppy disk, but I think you’ll get the idea.

The llama races are on Saturday. The course is three miles. You can even borrow a llama to walk beside, though they can also be cantankerous. It takes an hour or so for the winners to come in and you can see most of the race from the bluffs in town.

‘Frontiersmen’ roam the streets and reside in the Rendezvous camp during the weekend.

If you stay for the Sunday burro race, it takes 4-5 hours for fast runners to get back, longer for others. It’s fun to watch the start, at least. I think this first racer is a multi-year winner (the man, dunno about the burro), nearly two decades ago:

Some of them dang burros are as big as a horse!

Even a burro can’t resist getting petted (as if anyone asked!):

This year’s Burro Days is postponed to 23-25 July 2021.

Stay safe, be well. Be kind to one another. 😷 👏 👍

Kudos to the tireless leaders of the weekly Lens-Artists challenge.

General Weekly Challenge info from Tina:
“Each Saturday at noon EST we will publish a photo challenge similar in form to the now-defunct WPC. If you choose to participate, please make sure to tag your post with the name of our group LENS-ARTISTS so that all of the responses can be found together in the WP Reader. Please also include a link to the challenge moderator’s post. One of our 4 moderators will host the challenge each week.”
Week 1 – Patti of https://pilotfishblog.com/
Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya of https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/
Week 3 – Amy of https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/
Week 4 – Tina of https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/
Check them out.  Also search for Lens-Artists to find posts.

24 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #104 – Summer Part 2

  1. I love these, John. They look like something we’d enjoy watching. The donkeys, of all sizes, are cute, but a race with either a llama or a donkey could be problematic. 🙂 Now if you had a good riding mule…


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  2. I liked your picture of the frontiersman and the kid. You are right about the llamas being cantankerous. I saw one pull a woman off her feet and drag her through a creek.

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  3. John, Looks like fun. We have extended family with a home in Carbondale. I’ll have to pass this along to them. I know they’ll want to take the grandkids.

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  4. Too bad this year’s had to be postponed –
    But 2021 will be great if it is anything as lovely as your photos here show…
    I like all the people details – like those flag shorts and smiles

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