Celebrating 28 Years on October 29, 2022
The Emma Crawford Coffin Races
* NOTE* THE OFFICIAL COFFIN RACES EVENT PAGE CAN BE FOUND HERE:
The traditional races ARE BACK this year for the 150th Anniversary of Manitou Springs! The parade is on Saturday, October 29, 2022 and starts at 12pm
& the races follow directly after.
Join us in celebrating Emma Crawford all month in October!
Check back regularly for all of the new events happening throughout October.
CONGRATULATIONS JACK RODÈ!
Thank you to all creatives who submitted designs for the 2022 Emma Crawford Coffin Races T-Shirt Design Contest. We received 19 incredible submissions this year, and much appreciation to all contestants for the time spent on creating and sending in your artwork.
Out of over 1,200 votes (record high!) both online and in-person at the Chamber of Commerce, there was a tight competition between our top 5 designs.
Without further ado, CONGRATULATIONS to Jack Rodè, our first place winner! Jack will receive 2 VIP tickets to the Coffin Races, the 2022 commemorative t-shirt, and $50 in Manitou Money.
We would also like to recognize our second place winner, Madeline Scott and third place, Maddy Gordon, with their creative Emma Crawford influenced pieces racking in significant votes this year.
Again, thank you to all who submitted artwork, and we look forward to seeing you at this years races on Saturday, October 29th in Downtown Manitou Springs.
T-Shirts go on sale October 25, 2022 at the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce!
Throughout the month of October you’ll find skeleton friends lurking in spots around town. Vote for your favorite, and the Best Skeleton will be crowned at the end of the month. It’s a fun, family-friendly event for residents and visitors alike to see our historic downtown in a spooky new light. A ballot will be available each week in October in the Pikes Peak Bulletin.
Ghost Tours of Old Manitou
Weekends in October
These eerie yet fun ghost tours will walk you through long lost stories of real residents in Manitou Springs’ history. This year, the ghostly spirits come back to visit for four weekends in October (Oct 7-28). For the first time we are offering events on Thursday nights.
The Manitou Springs Heritage Center, along with our friends at THEATREdART, provide these evening tours that are thoughtfully scripted and brilliantly presented to provide a fun, family experience.
What are the Coffin Races?
LET THE RACES BEGIN! 2022 sees the return of the famous Coffin Races!
Get to know Emma!
This limited-edition booklet will fill you in on the history of Emma Crawford and her ties to Manitou Springs. Proceeds benefit the Manitou Springs Heritage Center.
Order online HERE!
The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce created the first coffin race in the nation in 1995, honoring the memory of a beloved member of our community with this unique tradition.
Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce
354 Manitou Ave
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
EmmaCrawfordFestival.com was made possible through the efforts of the
Manitou Springs Heritage Center
Bringing History to Life
Manitou Springs Heritage Center
517 Manitou Ave
Manitou Springs CO 80829