Sarah Konopka: Thank you MacArthurs for your contribution to community |

Sarah Konopka: Thank you MacArthurs for your contribution to community

Summertime in Steamboat Springs is nothing short of amazing. This playground attracts visitors from far and wide to get a little taste of that Yampa Valley magic. And thanks to Ed and June MacArthur, we are able to share that magic at the annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo.

For over a decade the event has been lucky to call Bald Eagle Lake its home. In 2007, when the event had to be moved away from the Meadows Parking Lot, it was the MacArthurs who stepped up to offer the event a new venue. The new location has proven to be a huge success. Where else can you watch someone do a flip off a ski jump while balloons simultaneously take flight in the sky? It’s truly a unique to Steamboat experience.

Ed, June and their team at Native Excavating spend months preparing the property for the big event. They do this out of the kindness of their hearts and willingness to lend a helping hand to the community.

Not only do they offer the land for use at the Balloon Rodeo, they also provide the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club with a summer training facility. Ed built and donated the ski jumps to the club so that hundreds of athletes can train and chase their Olympic dreams.

The Chamber is so grateful for the MacArthur’s dedication in hosting the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. We would also like to extend a thank you to all of our sponsors, pilots, volunteers, the city of Steamboat Springs and the community for making this iconic event possible.

Thank you to the MacArthurs for everything you do year after year.

Sarah Konopka

Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association event manager

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