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Best of Boat promises to be best ever

Jim Patterson
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If you go

What: Best of the Boat Variety Show and Awards Celebration

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13

Where: Steamboat Grand, 2300 Mount Werner Circle

Cost: Tickets are $25 each and are available at steamboattoday.com/tickets, at the Steamboat Pilot & Today office, 1901 Curve Plaza, or at the door.

— This year’s Best of the Boat festivities may well be the best yet.

For the first time in its six-year history, the annual Best of the Boat awards celebration, set for 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Steamboat Grand, will feature live acts, each designed to introduce a specific award category.

According to Kelly Anzalone, Steamboat TV18 station manager who is helping coordinate this year’s celebration, organizers expect attendance to almost double as compared to last year.

“The event has definitely grown,” Anzalone said. “It used to be just the results and then we sort of made more of an evening out with entertainment and enjoyment, and people are definitely getting into it. Steamboat really embraces Best of the Boat.”

Among the variety acts scheduled are Kris Hammond, who will perform “The Mailman” skit that he has made famous through Steamboat Cabaret; The Tongue and Chief Players, the improvisational arm of the Chief Players; We’re Not Clowns, Steamboat’s own local juggling troupe, featuring Anzalone, himself; and the 2015 Lip Sync champions.

In addition, the Chief Players will present an excerpt from the group’s upcoming production of “Cannibal! The Musical,” by Trey Parker, of South Park fame. Perhaps appropriately, Anzalone added, the “Cannibal! The Musical” excerpt will introduce the dining and food specialties segment of the awards.

Also new this year is “The Lighter Side,” a new category added to the awards lineup, which includes such categories as best mustache, best mullet, best ski bum, best powder clause, best weed strain, best Steamboat dog, best bachelor and best bachelorette.

“It’s super fun,” Anzalone said. “There was just a bunch of stuff that happens in Steamboat that isn’t applicable to shopping or dining or professionals — like mullets.”

And if that weren’t enough, Anzalone promised some “extra surprises” that will involve audience participation, though he was tight-lipped as to the details.

“That’s secret,” he said with a smile. “You have to come to the show.”

And, as always, Best of the Boat winners for 2016 will be announced during the show, and the winter edition of Steamboat Living magazine will be distributed.

Event sponsors include Orthopedics of Steamboat Springs; Matt Eidt, from Colorado Group Realty; Twin Enviro Services; Tredway, Henion, Palmquist & Kusy, certified public accountants; and Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. for drinks, with the variety show and awards following at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets, which include drinks and food, are $25 and can be purchased online at steamboattoday.com/tickets, at the Steamboat Pilot & Today office, 1901 Curve Plaza, or at the door.

And while some of the acts may seem child-friendly, Anzalone said the content is best suited to those 18 and older.

To reach Jim Patterson, call 970-871-4208, email jpatterson@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @JimPatterson15


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