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Second annual Mascot Stampede to take place this weekend

College mascot are introduced Friday night during the Steamboat Mascot Stampede. This year the mascots will have a Mascot Ski and Dance Party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
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What: Mascot Ski and Dance Party

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11

Where: Gondola Square

Schedule for Mascot Stampede: Saturday, Dec. 12:

1:30 p.m.: Welcome Parade

2 p.m.: Charades Competition

2:30 p.m.: Mascot Snow Bowling

3 p.m.: Saucer Pull

3:30 p.m.: Mascot Mingle

3:45 p.m.: Mascot Tug-O-War

Schedule for Mascot Stampede: Sunday, Dec. 13

12:30 p.m.: Ride Em’ Cowboy Snow Bike Slalom

1:30 p.m.: Mascot Dance Off

2:30 p.m.: Obstacle Challenge

3:30 p.m.: Crowning 2015 Mascot Stampede Champion

— The second annual Mascot Stampede will take place this weekend with 20 mascots from 16 NCAA Division I universities and colleges.

Putting their athletic prowess to the test, the mascots will take part in a variety of events on and off the slopes.

New to this year’s Mascot Stampede will be more opportunities for attendees to mingle with the mascots, with the addition of the Mascot Ski and Dance Party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and the Snow Bike Slalom at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.



Schedule for Mascot Stampede: Sunday, Dec. 13

12:30 p.m.: Ride Em’ Cowboy Snow Bike Slalom

1:30 p.m.: Mascot Dance Off



2:30 p.m.: Obstacle Challenge

3:30 p.m.: Crowning 2015 Mascot Stampede Champion

The free mascot events will take place from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday in Gondola Square and again from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Activities will include a welcome parade, a charades competition — which encourage fans to get up close and personal with the mascots — snow bowling, tug-o-war, an obstacle challenge and a dance off.

“This is a really unique event that is not taking place anywhere else,” Steamboat Ski Area spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said. “It combines the Steamboat competitive spirit and heritage, along with a family friendly atmosphere. It encompasses what Steamboat is all about.”

Created with the intent to offer an early season event for guests and participants, the ski area teamed up with with Raymond Entertainment Group, a business that specializes in mascot branding and has produced mascot events around the country.

“A lot of these mascots spend time at athletic events, and this is a different opportunity for them to hone in on their skills with one-on-one interaction from alumni and fans,” Kasten said.

Kasten added the weekend will include an educational component for the mascots, who must act out a variety of emotions to rally up a crowd without saying a word.

Mascots in attendance will include Miles the Mascot, Denver’s professional football mascot, and nearby rivals such as CAM the Ram, from Colorado State, and Chip, from the University of Colorado. Others mascots in attendance will include Wilma, from the University of Arizona, Tommy Trojan, from USC, Joe Bruin, from UCLA and Herky, from the University of Iowa.

Schools represented include Clemson University’s Tiger, Florida State University’s Cimarron, Iowa State University’s Cy, University of Nevada’s Wolfie Jr., University of New Mexico’s Lobo Louie, University of North Carolina’s Rameses, Northern Illinois University’s Victor E. Huskie, Western Illinois University’s Rocky, Northwestern University’s Willie the Wildcat, University of Texas’ Hook ‘Em, Utah State University’s Big Blue, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rodney the Ram, Western Kentucky University’s Big Red and the University of Wisconsin’s Bucky Badger.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1


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