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Sk8 Church, Grand Futures host “Best Joint in Town” sober 4/20 bash

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Sk8 Church in Steamboat Springs is hosting a 4/20 party, but this celebration will not include marijuana.

The free “Best Joint in Town” sober event, which is open to anyone 12 and older, will be held April 20, and it will be in sharp contrast to traditional 4/20 gatherings, which celebrate legal pot.

"We always do a 4/20 event, but because of the time of the year, it's always been kept kind of low key," Sk8 Church Executive Director Nate Bartels said. "But this time we figured, 'Hey, let’s advertise it just like we would one of our bigger events and see what kind of turnout we get.' We want to do a 4/20 event every year just because we want to continue to offer an alternative option to kids that might be having a hard time not smoking or not using on that day."

This year, Sk8 Church is partnering with Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and Music with Vision to host the ’90s-themed party. In addition to plenty of food, the night promises live music, karaoke and a skateboard competition. 

"It is a really great opportunity to come together," Grand Futures Executive Director Lindsey Simbeye said. "All of these organizations have some alignment, partnership and integration, and that is not always prevalent in our community. The more that we can do things like this, the more effective we can be.”

The event also has the support of Backdoor Grill, which will provide burgers, Milk Run Donuts, which is donating sweet treats, and Urbane, which is providing prizes for a number of different contests that will highlight the night.

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"We are going to have a fun party plan, and it's going to be a sober party," Bartels said. "So please don't come high. Please don't come drunk. Please don't use before you come. Let’s make a celebration out of it and have fun, but let’s do it sober.

“We want to show them that it is possible to have fun in relationships and meaningful relationships outside of using drugs or using alcohol," Bartels added.

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If you go:

What: “Best Joint in Town” 4/20 sober bash

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 20

Where: Sk8 Church, 2851 Riverside Plaza