Emma Crawford Coffin Races 2013

Article by: Laura Mason|@masonlazarus

Thu October 31, 2013 | 00:00 AM

The Emma Crawford Coffin Races & Parade might be the weirdest festival you've never heard of. Long story short, this annual festival is a wacky way to honor Emma Crawford, a young woman whose coffin was washed down a mountain in Colorado many years ago. Sound strange? It is. Watch the video for the full story!

Teams come up with themes and design and build coffins in which a teammate, playing the part of Emma, rides. The more creative the better! In addition to awards for winning the race, prizes are awarded for most creative coffin and best costumes.

On the Saturday before Halloween, approximately 5000 onlookers gather to watch these costumed crews and caskets fly through the streets of Manitou SpringsWhile the race and parade are fun for the whole family, racers must be at least 18 years old to participate. When you see the speed at which these coffins move, you'll understand why!

Fest300 got into the spirit of the Coffin Race with a Día de los Muertos theme. The team was led by seasoned racer Kenny Rackers. Although our team didn't win, you can see from the video that we made a good showing!