Big Snow Bash aims to educate, celebrate the Yampa River |

Big Snow Bash aims to educate, celebrate the Yampa River

This year’s Big Snow Bash will take place on Thursday, Nov. 18, featuring a performance by Buffalo Commons.
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Friends of the Yampa’s annual fundraiser Big Snow Bash will take place next week in a hybrid in-person and virtual format.

After seeing success hosting the event solely in a virtual format last year, the organization saw its best fundraising to date and made the decision to keep a part of the event virtual for those who want to tune in from home.

The live event will be hosted at Old Town Pub with Buffalo Commons performing for guests. Through a partnership with RiverWonderGrass, exclusive footage from the summer’s festival will be shown, featuring performers Tyler Grant, Charlie Rose, Daniel Rodriguez and more.

“We put together highlight reels of some of the stuff that we recorded out on the river with our artists,” said RiverWonderGrass founder Scotty Stoughton. “We’re going to show people some really beautiful moments from out on the river.”

Additionally, the evening will feature special guest appearances from politicians, river managers and more giving commentary on the importance of river conservation and the Yampa River.

“The Yampa is the lifeblood of this community,” said Lindsey Marlow, executive director of Friends of the Yampa. “A lot of people come here for the mountains but realize that the river is such a jewel and means so much to the community. We need to protect that and ensure that it stays the special river that we know and love.”

The evening will serve as a way to get the community involved by educating, raising awareness and presenting opportunities to volunteer time and money.

Thanks to a collaboration with RiverWonderGrass, guests of Big Snow Bash will be treated to snippets of the festival from several performers.
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“I think raising awareness around our local ecosystems, and certainly the river, is extremely important,” Stoughton said. “A lot of people don’t know how fragile our waterways are. To educate and protect that water source, which is so important for us to survive on in terms of so many things — recreation, agriculture — it’s all vital to our health and well-being.”

An online auction will run Nov. 14 to 21, featuring items like vacations, river gear, standup paddleboards, art and more. Proceeds raised from the event and auction will go into the nonprofit’s general operating fund and will help ensure that the organization can continue to run its programs, which include education and outreach within the community.

If you go

What: Friends of the Yampa presents Big Snow Bash

When: 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18

Where: Live at Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave., or tune in virtually from home

Tickets: Visit for both in-person and virtual tickets

Tickets to the live event will be sold first to the organization’s members and then will become available to the general public, depending on how many are remaining. The virtual form of the event has a suggested donation of $25.

“This river means community,” Marlow said. “People can support it by being stewards. We need to listen, get involved, visit the river, volunteer and support the organizations that do the work related to river planning in terms of environmentalism, recreation and agriculture. The event is about celebrating the river and creating a learning opportunity through music and commentary.”

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