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Buffalo Days returns this weekend

Riders on horseback meander down Grand Avenue during the 2017 Buffalo Days parade.
Lance Maggart / lmaggart@skyhinews.com

GRAND LAKE — Grand Lake’s 71st annual Buffalo Days celebration kicks off this Saturday in downtown Grand Lake with a series of events scheduled for the weekend.

The action gets underway Saturday morning with the 44th annual Grand Lake Rotary Pancake Breakfast at the Louie Heckert Pavilion in the Grand Lake Town Square. The Pancake Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. Event attendees who purchase a breakfast will receive all they can eat pancakes, sausage and breakfast drinks. Food will be served up until 11 a.m.

The 35th annual Buffalo Run 5k event will also be held Saturday morning. Prospective runners can register for the event online by going to the Grand Lake Chamber’s website and going to the Buffalo Days 2018 event page. The Buffalo Run will begin at 9 a.m. behind the Grand Lake Town Hall. An awards ceremony, recognizing the first place overall male and female runners as well as the top three male and female runners in the various age groups.

The weekend of activity continues Sunday with Cowboy Church in the Grand Lake Town Park starting at 10 a.m. Sunday morning. At 1 p.m. the streets of Grand Avenue will be crowded with spectators and floats as the Buffalo Days Parade rolls east down Grand Avenue. Lineup for the parade begins at noon at Sombrero Stables. Prospective parade participants can register for the parade on the Buffalo Days’ event page on the Grand Lake Chamber website as well.

This year’s Buffalo Days event will also feature a series of buffalo dishes served up at multiple restaurants around Grand Lake. The inclusion of the culinary dynamic to Buffalo Days is meant to celebrate “Grand Lake history through community culinary creativity,” according to the Grand Lake Chamber.

“We are so excited to have restaurants participating in Buffalo Days this year,” Samantha Bruegger, executive director of the Grand Lake Chamber, said. “We think it will incorporate culinary creativity into the event while honoring the events history.”

Serving up buffalo items on their menu this year will be eight different Grand Lake eateries offering everything from buffalo prime rib to buffalo hot dogs. You can find a full list of the buffalo meat offerings and where to find them on the Buffalo Days event page on the Grand Lake Chamber website.

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