Labor Day in Summit County

Courtney Johnson

Summer may be winding down but that doesn’t mean the action in Summit County is! Enjoy cooler temperatures and take in the Summit Foundation’s Rubber Duck Race, the annual Sidewalk Sale, Gathering at the Great Divide Arts Festival or Keystone’s Oktoberfest.

Kick off the weekend at Keystone’s Oktoberfest, featuring Colorado-brewed New Belgium, oompah bands and German fare. Break out the lederhosen for the Das Bier Burner 5k – finishers receive a pint of craft bier! Shoppers will be excited for the River Run Village stores annual Oktoberfest Tent Sale and kid’s activities include free face painting, a bounce house and Polka Dancers. Beer (and music)  flows from 1 pm to 6 pm, and tickets are available here.

The Great Rubber Duck Race has been a Summit County tradition for three decades and annually raises over $100,000 to support grant and scholarships programs for the Summit Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to building the Summit County and neighboring communities. As many as  10,000 tiny rubber ducks take over the Blue River in the heart of downtown Breckenridge. Prizes are awarded to a minimum of the top 50 ducks that cross the finish line – even a prize for the slowest duck – and include a winter vacation in Breckenridge. Individual ducks can be purchased for $5, a Six Quack will run you $25, a Baker’s Dozen of 13 ducks is $50 and a Golden Flock includes 26 ducks for $100.

Make sure to peruse Breckenridge’s annual Sidewalk Sale while waiting for your ducks to be released down river. Local merchants are making room for their winter inventory, so you’ll be sure to get great prices on summer favorites.

The 42nd Annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival extends over Labor Day Weekend and features over 100 artists with a wide range of mediums. Photography, wood, glass, jewelry and pottery merchants will exhibit their pieces on Main Street at Wellington. A highlight for visitors and locals alike!

Saying goodbye to summer in Summit County always shapes up to be a good time!