- Emma Rides Again in Historic Manitou Springs!
18th Annual Emma Crawford Festival Friday & Saturday, October 26th and 27th
Manitou Springs, CO - The legend of Emma Crawford lives again starting on Friday,
October 26th with the Victorian Wake at Miramont Castle. Pay your respects to Emma laid out
in the parlor in pure Victorian splendor, and a Victorian Wake, resplendent with a full
Victorian buffet dinner and beverages in the Great Hall. For reservation call
THE 18th ANNUAL EMMA CRAWFORD COFFIN RACES begin Saturday, Oct. 27th.
Coffins and "Emmas" race up the town's main street. A team pushes each coffin of 4 mourners and each will
have an "Emma" riding in it. Trophies are awarded to 1st, 2nd and3rd place fastest coffin racers and also to
the most Creative Coffin, The Best "Emma" and Best Entourage. The Parade of the Coffins & Race takes
place on Manitou Avenue in the town's National Historic District beginning with the Parade of Hearses led by
the Denver Hearse Association. The Parade of the Coffins starts around 12:00 PM and the coffin races
begin immediately following at approximately 12:30PM. There will be paid parking at Tajine Alami Restaurant
lot and shuttle service. PLEASE NOTE: Manitou Avenue will be closed starting at the 800 Block at 10 AM.
Returning this year is The Fire Fighters Division! Firefighters from all over the region and
our very own Manitou Springs Fire Department will be competing in the races. The Fire Departments will
race against each other for their own traveling cup. Please come out and show your support for these terrific
men and women! For more information about the Emma Crawford Festival, call Floyd at iManitou, 685-5089
or 800-642-2567 or visit www.manitousprings.org.
Television productions crews from Dutch TV and The Travel Channel will be at the event shooting segments
for special shows for their Networks.
Ghosts of Old Manitou Walking Tours from 5:30 - 9 pm, Oct. 27th. Tours begin at the
Manitou Springs Heritage Center at 517 Manitou Ave. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. For
tickets or additional information call: 719 685-1454.
NOTE: DONATIONS FOR THE COFFIN RACES ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED TO HELP