Carnival ticket prices increase after today |

Carnival ticket prices increase after today

— Today will be the last day to buy discounted tickets for the “Barn Raising Carnival” sponsored by the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and the Routt County Fair Board. Tickets are $12 and are available at the Routt County Cooperative Extension office on Sixth Street today. On Thursday, when the carnival comes into town, single-day ticket prices will go up to $16.

The ticket guarantees unlimited access to anywhere from 14 to 16 rides being brought into town by Brown’s Amusement Inc., which is making its way from Baggs, Wyo., to Glenwood Springs.

“We just researched and tried to find a good carnival to bring up here,” said Jean Morrow at the Routt County Cooperative Extension office. “They’ve been really great to work with.”

Morrow said that Fair Board Treasurer Brita Horn, who has been trying to get Steamboat a carnival for the past three years, first met with Brown Amusement at a Colorado Association of Fairs and Shows workshop, and has looked into the group’s background.

“It’s a good carnival company, it’s a very clean company,” Horn said. “I’ve seen them when they do their event after Steamboat, the Strawberry Days down in Glenwood Springs.”

Horn said the company’s second five-year contract with Glenwood Springs is a good indication of its performance.

“They do have a reputable name,” Morrow said. “They have all the licenses and insurance right when you need it.”

Horn said the last time a carnival of this level was held in Steamboat, it was held at the rodeo grounds because Howelsen Arena hadn’t been built yet. In the years since, it has been difficult to bring in a carnival because of the difficulty companies have had trucking in equipment over the mountains as well as the increasing gas prices. Brown Amusement Inc. is expected to use 18 trucks to bring in its equipment, Horn said. Depending on the success of the event, Horn hopes to sign the group to a three-year contract.

The carnival runs from Thursday through Sunday at the Meadows parking lot at the intersection of Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads. A cut of the proceeds will go toward the multi-purpose facility at the fairgrounds in Hayden. The indoor facility will be used for horse and livestock shows, workshops, rodeos and other year-round entertainment.

It will also have the capability to house over 350 head of sheep, swine, goats and llamas and more than 70 head of cattle.

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