Leadville Boom Days organizers have decided to scale back this year’s annual celebration to focus on local participation, postponing the full event until 2021 as a result of restrictions on events and gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Despite the absence of many of the vendors and events that have been present at past years’ festivities, the Boom Days Committee is still set to host events at a smaller scale emphasizing local participation, Mark Heyde, president of the Boom Days Committee said.
The decision was made by the committee as the time drew near for the group to start writing non-refundable checks to fund the event. With the uncertainty of large events being able to proceed as usual by August, the committee decided to scale back the event and move the full festivities to 2021, Heyde said.
“Sometimes the right decision isn’t always the popular or easy one,” he added.
In lieu of the mining events, burro races, shows and food and merchandise vendors, the Boom Days Committee plans to host smaller-scale events like a parade and programming for children.
Though scaled back, the main focus of this year’s Boom Days will still focus on fundraising to support local organizations.
The decision was tough, but ultimately made after consulting with the Lake County Public Health Agency to protect public health and preserve the event for the future, Heyde said.
The Boom Days Committee will meet on May 7 to decide how to move forward with the event this year.