Night Extravaganza, fireworks with 36-inch shell finale to shine at 2018 Winter Carnival |

Night Extravaganza, fireworks with 36-inch shell finale to shine at 2018 Winter Carnival

Tim Borden's 48-inch shell explodes over Emerald Mountain during the 2017 Winter Carnival Night Extravaganza at Howelsen Hill. Another big night of fireworks is planned for the 2018 celebration, which is a highlight of Steamboat's Winter Carnival.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Saturday’s Night Extravaganza never disappoints.

That is thanks, in part, to Tim Borden, a Steamboat Springs resident and fireworks nut who donates the fireworks each year to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club on behalf of Yampa Valley Bank.

In recent years, Borden has been trying to secure the record for the largest firework ever launched in the world.

He got closer to that goal during the 2017 Night Extravaganza when he launched a 48-inch shell that weighed in at 1,275 pounds. It was the largest known firework ever launched in North America.

This year, Borden is testing out new equipment in preparation for launching an even bigger shell in the future.

The 2018 show will conclude with the launch of a 36-inch shell that Borden built in his fireworks manufacturing facility outside Steamboat.

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"I'm led to believe it will be the only 36-inch shell launched in 2018 and even 2017," Borden said.

The 36-inch shell will be the last firework launched during the main show, which lasts between seven and 12 minutes and starts once the Lighted Man has completed his second lap down Howelsen Hill.

The large blast will not be the only highlight.

There will be 30 sleds loaded with fireworks coming down the face of Howelsen Hill.

Jon Banks will drive down to the History Colorado Center in Denver to pick up his Lighted Man suit, which will then be outfitted with fireworks.

Winter Sports Club athletes will put on demonstrations, skiers will come down the slopes carrying Roman candles and Steamboat ski patroller John Pink Floyd will again jump through the flaming hoop.

"I don't call this as much as a fireworks show as I call it a community display," Borden said. "I don't think you would see it anywhere else. It's just so much more than fireworks."

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