Hometown Days

August 11-13, 2023

Welcome to Strasburg Hometown Days! A celebration to commemorate the joining of the first continuous railroad in the United States.

Event Coordination Courtesy of: Strasburg Hometown Days Committee, Strasburg Fire District, Strasburg Parks & Rec District, and Strasburg School District 31J. EMAIL: strasburghometowndays@gmail.com; FACEBOOK: Strasburg Hometown Days


5:30pm: NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (Comanche Crossing Museum): Enjoy a presentation of Strasburg history. Light refreshments provided. Donations (for museum) accepted – SPONSOR: F&C Realty


4:00 – 10:00pm*: HOMETOWN DAYS KICK-OFF (Community Park): BRING YOUR CAMP CHAIRS and enjoy some food, music, giveaways, fireworks, rock painting, sand volleyball, and kickball! SPONSOR: Strasburg Parks & Rec District, CORE Electric, and Kohrs Orthodontics.

  • 4-9pm: Food Truck Festival
  • 4pm: SHS Softball Scrimmages
  • 5-10pm: Street Dance
  • 9pm: Fireworks by Strasburg Fire District 8 (weather permitting)


7:00am*: RUN TO THE RAILS 5K (MVF): Check-in at 7am. Fee: $25 for 5K Race; $20 for Walkers/Kids (1 mile). Race day registration available. 5K winners (by age groups) and Free Sunday Breakfast ticket. Register ONLINE by 8/3/23 – SPONSOR: SHS Cross Country Team; BTC Telephone Co-op

8:00am – 4:00pm: RUMMAGE SALE (Saron Lutheran Church): Many treasures to choose from!

9:00am – 3:00pm: ART & CRAFTS – INDOORS (SHS): SPONSOR: D&D Water Service; Terry & Barb Pape; Bustn’ Bush Gun Dogs

9:00am – 3:00pm: VENDOR FAIR – OUTDOORS (SHS): SPONSOR: U.S. Mechanical; Strasburg Schools 31J; Strasburg Family BBQ

10:00am: PARADE (route online): “Through the Years” – SPONSOR: The Gift Shop; CORE Electric; CO Natural Gas; Jun’s Liquor

11:00am – 6:00pm: COMMUNITY ART PROJECT (SHS): Join the Art Garage in creating a masterpiece in celebration of Strasburg – SPONSOR: Adams County Parks, Open Space & Cultural Arts Department

11:30am – 1:30pm: FREE COMMUNITY BBQ (SHS): Entertainment by the Golden Eagles Concert Band. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas – SPONSOR (Food): Independent Financial; SPONSOR (Drinks): TBK Bank; SPONSOR (Entertainment): I-70 Scout & Eastern Colorado News; BlueSky Party Rentals; Western Hardware

11:30am – 3:30pm*: BOUNCE HOUSE CENTRAL (SHS): Twisters Gymnastics will host inflatable activities for kids during the BBQ – SPONSOR: Heritage Concrete. Free balloons provided by High Plains Bank!

11:30am – 4:00pm: HAY RIDES (route online): SPONSOR: Strasburg Vet Clinic and 4Rivers Equipment

12:00 – 4:00pm: COMANCHE CROSSING MUSEUM: Activities include: root beer floats, museum tour, cow milking for kids, and model train displays – SPONSOR: Comanche Crossing Historical Society

12:00 – 3:00pm: CARNIVAL (Journey Church): Fun, games, and entertainment for the whole family – SPONSOR: Journey Church

1:00pm: TRAP SHOOT (MVF): SPONSOR: MVF Ironworks

2:00pm: TEXTING CONTEST (Museum): SPONSOR: Hometown Kids Daycare and High Plains Sanitation

5:00pm: CHILI COOK-OFF – WATERMELON FEED (SHS): Entertainment by High Plains Music Ensemble. Bring lawn chairs and umbrellas – SPONSOR: Byers General Store; Premier Portables; 4Rivers Equipment; Western Hardware

5:00 – 8:00pm: DINNER – SQUARE DANCE (MVF): FREE Dinner 5-6pm, Dancing 6-8pm – SPONSOR: Mountain View Fellowship

Dusk (approx. 8:30pm): OUTDOOR MOVIE (North Baseball Field): Top Gun Maverick, concessions available – SPONSOR: Corridor Collision


7:30 – 10:00am*: BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER (HMS): SHS Future Business Leaders of America; $7 for adults, $5 kids 12 & under. Biscuits and gravy or pancakes with sausage, juice, milk, or coffee – SPONSOR: Kirby’s Roofing & Exteriors

9:00am – 2:00pm*: CAR SHOW (Strasburg Community Church): Roll-in time: 9am – judging categories: Off-Road, Modern, Classic, and Best of Show. Enjoy food trucks, bouncy house, music, and family fun. Entrance fee donation to “Wheel-O-Rama” fundraiser – SPONSOR: Community Church; Denver East Strasburg KOA

9:30am*: MUD VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT (Wolf Creek Run): Youth Division (6th-12th Grades) and Adult Division (18 & up). Check-in at 9:30am – games begin at 10am. Register ONLINE by 8/3/23. SPONSOR: SHS Booster Club; Matt Brinkhoff Coldwell Banker Realty; Wiebelhaus Contracting

10:00am: COMMUNITY CHURCH SERVICE (HMS): SPONSOR: Crandall Drilling & Pump Service

11:00am*: COW PLOP FUNDRAISER (Legion Hall): Buy tickets for your chance to guess where the cow will “plop” – SPONSOR: American Legion Post #183

12:00 – 4:00pm: COMANCHE CROSSING MUSEUM: Activities include: root beer floats, museum tour, cow milking for kids, and model train displays – SPONSOR: Comanche Crossing Historical Society

1:00pm: DAUGHTERS OF THE REVOLUTION: Bench dedication at Lyons Park.

6:00pm: JAM SESSION (Journey Church): All ages welcome to FREE concert – SPONSOR: Encounter Student Ministries


Comanche Crossing Museum: 56060 E Colfax Ave.

Community Park: 1863 Wagner St.

Mountain View Fellowship (MVF): 1955 Headlight Rd.

Saron Lutheran Church: 1656 Main Street

Strasburg High School (SHS): 56729 Colorado Ave.

Journey Church: 56000 E. Colfax Ave.

North Baseball Field: 56401 Sunset Ave.

Hemphill Middle School (HMS): 2100 Wagner St.

Strasburg Community Church: 56155 Sunset Ave.

Wolf Creek Run: 3125 Piggott Rd.

Legion Hall: 56423 Westview Ave.



4Rivers Equipment; BlueSky Party Rentals; BTC Telephone Co-op; Bustin’ Bush Gun Dogs; Byers General Store; Colorado Natural Gas; CORE Electric; Crandall Drilling & Pump Service; Denver East Strasburg KOA; D&D Water Service, LLC; High Plains Bank; High Plains Sanitation; I-70 Scout & Eastern Colorado News; Independent Financial; Jun’s Liquor; Kirby’s Roofing & Exteriors; Matt Brinkhoff – Coldwell Banker Realty; Terry & Barb Pape; Premier Portables; Strasburg Family BBQ; Strasburg Vet Clinic; TBK Bank; The Gift Shop; U.S. Mechanical Company; Western Hardware


Action Signs & Graphics; Adams County Parks, Open Space & Cultural Arts Dept.; Burchfield Farms; Claussen Chiropractic; Corridor Collision; Cutting Edge Ag & Turf; F&C Realty; Hometown Kids Daycare; Kohrs Orthodontics; One Street Insurance Group; Plains Heating & Air Conditioning; Prairie Creeks Living Center; Christina Pastori – Real Estate Connection; Strasburg Auto Parts; Strasburg Espress; Wiebelhaus Contracting; Weller Insurance; Westward Fence, LLC


Hilltop Creations; Residents of Prairie Creeks


American Legion Post #183; Comanche Crossing Historical Society; Journey Church; Mountain View Fellowship; Saron Lutheran Church; SHS Booster Club; SHS Cross Country Team; Strasburg Community Church; Strasburg Fire District 8; Strasburg Parks & Rec District; Strasburg School District 31J

*Fee associated with event. Strasburg HTD is a non-alcoholic event, held on non-alcoholic grounds. Thank you for observing this rule.

RUN TO THE RAILS 5K: Online Registration
CHILI COOK-OFF: *No Registration Necessary* Red, green, or whatever! Strasburg Bucks will be awarded as prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. No fee to enter. Tables will be set up for use, but electricity is NOT available. Please furnish your own heating apparatus. Batch size: 3 gallons. Contact Alice Bonds at 303-249-9660 for more information.


It was 3pm on August 15, 1870 when the Kansas Pacific Railroads met just east of Strasburg. There was not a big celebration – the American flag and a keg of whiskey sat at the center of the last 10 1/4 miles of track to be laid. The first crew from either the east or the west to reach the center was the winner. The east team reached the center point and continued on to meet the west team. When the last spike was driven, a new record for laying track was set. When the rails were joined at Promontory, Utah in May 1869, the Union Pacific Railroad did not have a railroad bridge across the Missouri River. The only way to cross the Missouri River was by ferry boat. The Kansas Pacific Railroad had a railroad bridge spanning the Missouri River giving it the first continuous link.

Hometown Days began in August 1970 to celebrate the opening of the new Comanche Crossing Historical Society’s Museum and as a fundraiser for the Museum.  The day began with a parade followed by many activities such as bread making, wheat threshing and a re-enactment of the joining of the rails. The Museum continued to coordinate the Hometown Days celebration for several years until the Hometown Days Committee was formed.  The Committee is comprised of many dedicated volunteers, some with over 20 years dedication. The parade has grown from 25 entries in 1970 to over 100!

The festivities are held the second, full weekend in August throughout the community of Strasburg. Most activities are free! The Comanche Crossing Museum, one of the best kept secrets in the state, is open for tours. Come join us for a fun weekend and some hometown spirit.