Broken records |

Broken records

Carnival attracts crowds despite rain

Fireworks fill the sky Saturday night over Howelsen Hill during the Night Extravaganza. For more, see page 40.
Matt Stensland

— Winter Carnival 2007 may go down in history as one of the largest carnivals the event has seen during its 94 years.

Rick DeVos, executive director of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, said he is optimistic that the club may have sold more than 6,000 buttons during the days leading up to and the weekend of the Winter Carnival.

At Saturday’s Night Extravaganza, someone made an announcement that the Winter Carnival buttons, which are sold to support the Winter Sports Club, had been sold out.

On Sunday, DeVos said it could be a week before officials will know exactly how many of the club’s 7,000 buttons had been sold because several organizations still had unsold buttons.

“Do I believe we have broken a record? Yes, I do,” DeVos said. “Typically we sell around 5,000 buttons every year, but with our growing community and the warm weather (Saturday), it was ideal to have us sell over 6,000.”

Each button was sold for $7. If the club sold around 6,000 buttons, it would have raised about $42,000 for the organization that supports around 1,100 young athletes.

“It’s very, very good,” he said.

Abnormally warm Saturday temperatures drew more people to the morning’s street events and Night Extravaganza, DeVos said.

That all changed when Steamboat residents awoke Sunday morning to the sound of raindrops hitting windows.

“I woke up and said, ‘What is that sound?'” he said. “It’s better than in years past though when it was 20 degrees below zero.”

Despite the rain, Sunday’s street events and Diamond Hitch Parade went on as planned.

“I heard Lincoln Avenue was a very interesting color,” DeVos said.

However, the pro-alpine ski lying finals at Howelsen Hill were canceled Sunday morning after a test jump resulted in a spill.

“The jumpers were tuning and ready to go,” he said. “However, after the test jump, one of the skiers landed in the slush at the bottom of the jump and it just ripped his skis off and he took a tumble.”

Sunday’s parent-child downhill race was not cancelled as 100 to 150 parent-child teams non-competitively skied through a terrain course.

“All those families are locals,” he said. “Nobody even noticed it was raining. They’re used to it.”

DeVos said this year’s Winter Carnival was a success any way you look at it.

“It’s definitely the best Winter Carnival we’ve ever hosted in terms of the number of people involved and the number of fun, family events we had all weekend,” he said. “It’s something I’d like to see duplicated and duplicated again.”

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