Boom Days has been a Leadville summer tradition for as long as most residents can remember. The last two summers have been the only years without Boom Days since its start in 1949, and the question now is will there be a Boom Days in 2022?

Many people do not realize that Boom Days is completely self-funded and run by local unpaid volunteers, unlike other mountain communities that host events funded and run by local governments, or outsource event management to corporations that take profits out of the community. The goals of Boom Days have always been to create a fun event for locals, bring money to the community from tourism and reinvest profits locally through donations and scholarships to high school seniors.

No one has missed Boom Days the last two years more than the Boom Days Committee itself. Committee members are excited to get back to work and host a great event next year, but our committee is faced with the same challenge that many other event planners face — everyone wants the event to happen, but no one has the time or desire to put in the work to make it a reality.

Boom Days takes several months to plan, with meetings starting in January. Volunteer committee chairpersons order merchandise, plan and schedule events and entertainment, solicit and schedule vendors, coordinate logistics and do everything it takes to host an event that sees thousands of visitors in one weekend. Over the last two years we have lost key committee members due to job changes and moves, and we need new volunteer leaders to step up and fill these positions. Currently, we are looking for leaders for the following committees: breakfast, children’s events, entertainment, sanitation/recycling/composting and social media/website.

Leading a Boom Days committee is a great way to be involved in a beloved local event. It provides the chance to work alongside other dedicated community members, make new friends and hopefully have a good time. Long-time committee members are always willing to help guide new members in running a committee for the first time. There is a lot of satisfaction in knowing that you helped make a successful event happen, and that you helped raise money that will support local needs.

Is Boom Days a thing of the past? Is our community no longer interested in coming together to host an annual weekend event to celebrate our heritage?

We must have committee leaders in place by January. If we do not have a full slate of committee members, we will not be able to move forward with a 2022 event. If you would like more information about joining the Boom Days Committee, please email us at info@leadvilleboomdays.org. The Boom Days Committee is looking forward to bringing back a great event in 2022, but we need your help to make it happen!

Mark Heyde

Leadville Boom Days, Inc.

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