Night time entertainment and day-time mountain activities will crush at the first-ever Powderkeg Mountain Festival, Jan. 22-31. The event plans to combine and perpetuate the best traditions of Angel Fire's annual "Big Ol' Texas Weekend," but with a new schedule that's just too big for three days.

"We asked ourselves how we could best take a popular event like Big Ol' Texas Weekend and blow it up- in a good way," said Dave Dekema, director of marketing for Angel Fire Resort. "We figured let's fill two weekends and the week in between. We'll bring in great entertainment partners, add even more rockin' music acts, throw in some crazy wintertime snow events and add the season's best lodging deals. Boom. Done. We've got ourselves a festival."

Partners in the ten-day event include Bud Light, Jack Daniel's, Kenwood Wines, Resort Properties, the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle, and Big I 107.1, 94 Rock.

Performing music acts include:

Suzanna Choffel: Winner of the Best Indie Artist prize at the Austin Music Awards. She's got a fresh pop sound and soulful/sassy vocals.

Whitney Duncan: Tennessee-native and country music artist. She was a finalist on the USA Network television show Nashville Star.

Stoney Larue: Rootsy, country with a beer-drinking swagger of heartland rock and blues.

Additional music acts include The Long Run, The Rudy Boy Experiment, Donohoe and Grimes, The Damn Band, Kim and the Caballeros, Good Grief and Gary Daniels Cook.

Event packages are available through a number of Angel Fire area lodgers and include lodging, lift tickets and concert tickets. Other activities that are sure to be festival favorites, include the return of the teX Games, on-mountain scavenger hunts, the Big Texan College Steak Eating Challenge, radio station contests, a prize-laden Texas Hold-em competition, mechanical bull contests and Angel Fire's first-ever Dirt Bag Ball.

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