Pearl DeVere Day Right Around the Corner

Bed Race Teams Needed For Unique Event


It is time to start planning if you want to participate in our 4th Annual Pearl DeVere Day Bed Races, one of Cripple Creek’s more unusual and zany events. So, you don’t really want to miss out on this fun.


The event will be held on July 22. Having more bed racing teams is our goal this year, so consider participating in the unique event.


The rules for the Bed Race include:

Entry Fee is $30 per team with you making the bed, need to use one of our beds the fee is $40 per team. Each team will have three members, 2 “Johns” and one “Pearl”. Pearl will ride on the bed with one John, while the Johns take turns pushing, one john will push the bed to the turnaround point, change pushers and return to the start/finish line.


It is up to the desecration of the team what their team looks like, it can be three guys or three women if you want, but one will need to be designated as their “Pearl” and stay on the bed for the entire race.


There are no set specifications for the bed, just remember you will be pushing it on Cripple Creek Street, so take into consideration the weight, ease of handling around corners and durability. Each heat will be timed, the fastest time from all heats will be declared the overall winner. The number of heats will be determined by the number of entries.


Registration is available on-line at, you can download the forms there also or stop by the museum for a hard copy. Call the museum for more information 719-689-9090.


Separate from race team judging, you take part in the best dressed Madame contest. Note, you do not need to be on a team to participate in the Madame judging. There will be a small registration fee of $5 and you can register at the event starting at 11 a.m. Get your Madame spirit on and have some fun.


The Old Homestead was built in 1896 and was the most elegant brothel in the Cripple Creek Mining District during its heyday. Since 1958, the house has been operated as a museum and has been a public favorite ever since. With the continued support of the community this treasure will be around for many generations to come.


For additional information about The Old Homestead Museum, contact Charlotte at 719-689-2485 or Kirstie at 719-371-6238 email


About the Museum Board:

The Old Homestead Museum Board 501c(3) was formed in 1999 for the preservation and operation of the museum. The group has raised enough money to purchase the furnishings and artifacts of the house, and purchased the building. The last 5 years have been restoration and rehabilitation of the 126-year old house, which needs tender loving care. The goal of The Board, comprised of seven caring local-area residents, is to ensure that this piece of Colorado History is preserved for future generations to learn how life was in the days when the West was wild and Cripple Creek was one of the hottest places in the county.