Winter Carnival 2015: Button Art |

Winter Carnival 2015: Button Art

Fiery hoop provides inspiration

Caroline Gilchrist with her carnival artwork selected for the 2015 buttons.
Audrey Dwyer

Using her dad and her favorite event of the Winter Carnival as inspiration, 10-year-old Caroline Gilchrist created this year’s Winter Carnival button using a combination of materials.

Made with pieces of black construction paper as the night sky, the backdrop of the button includes rooftops of houses in Steamboat outlined in white construction paper. Caroline’s image is a re-creation of a ski jumper — her father, Dan Gilchrist — in glitter jumping through the fire hoop with fireworks lighting up sky. 

The theme for the 2015 Winter Carnival button is Fire and Ice, commemorating the tradition of ski jumpers who go through the fire hoop during the winter celebration. 

Each year the button serves as a piece of memorabilia as well as an admission ticket to the festivities. 

In early December, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club staff sent an email to all schools in Routt County asking for artwork created by the kids for this year’s button. The deadline for submissions was Dec. 19. 

They were asked to re-create a memory or source of inspiration from their favorite Winter Carnival event. 

“What inspired me was my dad because he goes through the fiery hoop every year and I wanted to base it on that,” Caroline said. 

The kids had no restrains on creativity, which is why Caroline’s button was made with different materials. Usually the buttons depict a drawing of some kind or a picture to represent the historical event. 

After the deadline, the staff at the Winter Sports Club got together to select the button out of about 15 submissions for this year’s Winter Carnival based on a vote. 

“This button was selected because it really stood out compared to the other submissions,” said Rory Clow, marketing director for the Winter Sports Club. “It was creative and had a different look compared to the other buttons that we’ve seen.”

As an avid skier herself racing with the Winter Sports Club, Caroline said it’s exciting to be part of the carnival because of her button and the opportunity to ski in the torchlight parade. 

“It will be awesome to see everyone wearing my button and to see all the posters and fliers around town,” Caroline said. “The carnival is always fun to go to and watch.” 

The $10 button can be purchased at the following venues: All That, Allen’s Clothing, the Bud Werner Memorial Library, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association office, City Market, Safeway, city offices, F.M. Light & Sons, Lyon’s Drug, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Paws ‘N” Claws ‘N’ Things, Ski Haus, Steamboat Springs Ski and Resort Corp., STARS, Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty, Yampa Valley Bank, Yampa Valley Medical Center and the Winter Sports Club. 

All events that will take place at Howelsen Hill can be found on the website. 

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