Steamboat is a wild winter wonderland Feb. 3-7 as the 97th Annual Winter Carnival takes over the town. It's a way for the locals to get over their mid-winter blues with crazy wild activities guaranteed to entertain young and old, locals and tourists.
The big attraction are the street events down Lincoln Avenue. The main drag through town is shut down and truckloads of snow are brought in to cover the street. Horses from local ranches line up and pull kids on a rope They either jump off a donkey jump at the end, throw a hoop in a barrel, or try ski joring around cones. This all happens while locals and tourists line the streets to cheer them on.
Around the corner is Howelsen Hill, where ski jumpers are putting on huge jumping exhibitions, just like Carl Howelsen first did in 1914, when the great Norwegian jumper started Winter Carnival.
One big event is the 2010 Olympic Sendoff and Community Celebration Friday, Feb. 5. Steamboat's Olympic athletes will gather before heading off to the Olympic Games in Vancouver.
The high school students have a snow sculpture contest down Lincoln Avenue, which is also where the Diamond Hitch Parade journeys Sunday. Saturday night is the Extravaganza at Howelsen where all of the local kids with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club put on a huge light snow with glow lights. It's followed by the famous "Lighted Man," who skis down while wearing a special suit of Christmas lights, and a backpack filled with Roman candles and pyrotechnics. A massive fireworks display follows.
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