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Jim Boyne: The value of a $10 button

As most of us know, the purchase of a $10 Winter Carnival button is the official entry pass to viewing or participating in all of the Winter Carnival events, including the street events and the Night Extravaganza, which are signature events during the festivities.

This year’s Winter Carnival button, designed by 10-year-old Caroline Gilchrist, features the fiery hoop, cut out of construction paper, and a brightly lighted athlete silhouetted in glitter. Caroline’s artwork was chosen from a selection of other young artists from the community who submitted designs for this year’s button contest.

The tradition of selling Winter Carnival buttons has existed here in Steamboat for at least 45 years and is the way we can all display our pride and support of the Winter Carnival. The important purpose of selling the buttons is to partially offset some of the significant costs of producing the Winter Carnival and to benefit the athletes of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, who have participated in the carnival for more than 100 years.

We love and appreciate this longstanding Winter Carnival button tradition as it meshes perfectly with the warm and friendly culture of our mountain town.

I encourage all residents and visitors to plan ahead to get your Winter Carnival buttons in advance of the festivities. We appreciate the broad community support when you wear your button; pin them on your coats, on your hats, on a lanyard — whatever your preference — just wear one.

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club provides many volunteers to sell buttons and have them easily available, and we have sold thousands of them every year for the last 45 years. Our volunteers do their best to ensure an orderly process for selling buttons, however, last minute button sales can be hectic for everyone involved.

We want to promote building community and alleviate any unnecessary anxiety, which can be associated with last minute purchases the day or night of any particular event. To assure the best possible experience during the Winter Carnival, buy your button ahead of time and wear it proudly.

Winter Carnival buttons can be purchased at many locations in Steamboat. Thanks again for being with us to celebrate this one-of-a-kind Winter Carnival.

With gratitude,

Jim Boyne

Executive Director

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

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