Thursday, October 23, 2014
Emma Crawford's Coffin Races
The coffin races are fast approaching. Every year around Halloween, the tiny town of Manitou, at the foot of Pikes Peak, hosts the wackiest event around in memory of young Emma Crawford, who came west seeking a cure for her TB. When that plan failed, she asked to be buried at the top of red mountain. However, Manitou floods, and in one particularly heavy downpour, Emma's coffin came racing down the mountain. Hence, 120 years later, Manitou still memorializes this event with a crazy coffin race down main street. Heavily costume teams with coffins of their own construction holding one of their members, compete for glory before a roaring crowd. This year we have some awesome sponsors including Agave Underground Tequila and the Bristol Brewery. You can find more information about it here http://www.emmacrawfordfestival.com/. His Lordship and I will also be attending Emma's wake at the Miramont Castle. Held the night before, we will be treated to a viewing and dinner. I hope to learn a lot about how the Victorians handled death. More info about that here http://www.miramontcastle.org/. It's gonna be a great weekend with friends Mark and Molina coming into town for the wake and coffin races. Then to top it all off Saturday night, Minch manor gears up for a Halloween party. So hope your weekend plans are good too. So much to do, so little time. Happy haunting!