Rocky Mountain National Park volunteer Eduardo Orozco hands out American flags to folks attending the Grand Lake’s annual Buffalo Days Parade in 2017. Lance Maggart / email@example.com
Riders from Winding River Resort, just outside of Grand Lake proper, work their way down Grand Avenue on July 16. Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News
Real estate agent Adriane Hauck’s float during the Buffalo Days Parade featured a garden gnome theme. Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News
Rodeo Royalty make their way down Grand Avenue. Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News
There were several large contingents of horse riders in the Buffalo Days Parade including this group of three carrying flags. Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News
Young Brady Aucker waves to the camera as he rides on the Mountain Parks Electric Float in the Buffalo Days Parade. Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News
The crew from Native Sons Services in Grand Lake kept things cool during the hot Sunday afternoon. The Native Sons’ truck was filled with water and truck driver, and business owner, Craig Lynch would pull forward before suddenly slamming on the breaks, causing large amounts of water to spill out of the truck onto the nearby crowds. Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News
Denver resident and Granby area homeowner Jeff Johnston holds his baby girl Macy while watching the Buffalo Days Parade. Johnston called Sunday’s event the “coolest parade I have ever been to.” Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News
The fellas from the Grand Lake Gentlemen’s Club were all smiles as they wrapped up the Buffalo Days Parade Sunday afternoon. Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News
The Grand Chorale maintains their harmony as they ride through the Buffalo Days Parade. Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News
Grand Lake’s Constitution Week fielded their own float in the Buffalo Days Parade this year. This year’s Constitution Week runs from Sept. 11 through Sept. 16. Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News
Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce Director Samantha Bruegger rides down Grand Avenue during the Buffalo Days Parade last weekend. Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News
The Buffalo Days Parade featured several vintage automobiles including this restored milk truck. Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News
A little mermaid rides atop the hood of the Grand Lake Plumbing truck during the Buffalo Days Parade last weekend. Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News
A couple of youngsters take a faux bath while riding in the Grand Lake Plumbing & Heating float during the parade Sunday. Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News
Munn Architecture’s Munnions, a riff on the Minions from the popular movie Despicable Me, were handing out candy to youngsters during the parade. Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News
Bare Bones BBQ showed off their patriotic spirit during the parade. Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News
Hayden Burke, wearing hat, was at the helm of the No Bad Days float during Grand Lake’s Buffalo Days Parade. Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News
Grand Lake’s 70th annual Buffalo Days celebration was held over the weekend as thousands of visitors flocked to the community to participate in the festivities.
Things got underway Saturday with the Grand Lake Rotary Pancake Breakfast in the Town Park at 7 a.m. At 8:30 a.m. the Buffalo Stampede 5K run kicked off. The rest of Saturday was filled with a buffalo meat barbecue in the Town Park, the historic shootout staging and live music. Saturday night wrapped up with Rotary’s Bingo at the Heckert Pavilion.
Sunday morning was a more solemn occasion featuring Cowboy Church services in the Town Park. At 1 p.m. the Buffalo Days Parade kicked off. Several thousand visitors lined Grand Avenue as dozens of floats made their way through the crowds.
Grand Lake Chamber Director Samantha Bruegger was thrilled with the event and the large turnout from visitors.
“This was the best parade ever,” Bruegger said. “A big thank you to my staff who really pulled this off. I think it has been a family fun weekend. We have definitely seen a lot of traffic from families this year.”
Bruegger said she did not have an estimate on the total crowd size and was waiting for car counts from the weekend, which she expects in coming weeks, before venturing an estimate. According to Bruegger over 50 floats participated in the parade Sunday.
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