Snowdown – Durango’s Winter Festival

Durango’s Premier Winter Festival!

Dress up as your favorite Rock N’ Roll musician this year for the many exciting events and activities taking place around town.  This is the 42nd annual Snowdown and Durangotangs are going to rock it!

In preparation, you may want to sign up to host an event or register your rockin’ parade float for the 2020 Snowdown parade!

snowdown 2020 theme poster

 

Snowdown 2020 Events

Durango Downtown is your source for planning your 2020 Snowdown!

View all events:  All Week | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Or download a the complete PDF schedule.

 


HAPPENING ALL WEEK

SUNDAY JAN 26

NEW EVENT!

12:30 – 2 PM SNOWDOWN OPENING CEREMONY AT PURGATORY

On The Beach – Purgatory Resort

Hosted by Purgatory Resort. Rev up for SNOWDOWN 2020 at the First Annual pre-party Opening Ceremony! Start the fun with DJ Cody at 12:30 PM followed by a Ski Parade down the “Hill” to pass the SNOWDOWN torch from 2019 to NOW. Come ski in costume and you can join the parade! Meet at the 6 pack lift at 1 PM for the ride up and ski down to follow the torch. The torch will light the opening flame and the 2021 THEME WINNER will be announced!

Event Coordinator: Matthew Krichman 426-7274

THESE EVENTS ARE HAPPENING ALL WEEK:

SNOWDOWN THEME CONTEST
Magpies’s Newsstand Cafe – 707 Main
This theme contest is for 2022 because themes are chosen 2 years in advance. The winner will be announced during the Purgatory event. Let your imagination run wild!! Submit your entries at Magpie’s no later than NOON Sunday Feb 2. *Note: no obscene (ie, nasty) or redundant (this means we already did it and won’t be doing that same theme again so don’t bother submitting it). Check the walls of Oscar’s, Olde Tymer’s or go to www.SNOWDOWN.org if you wonder what themes have already been used.
Event Coordinator: Marlene Gebhardt 749-8913
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: NOON Sunday Feb 2
Prize: Purgatory Ski Pass!

SNOWDOWN SEARCH FOR THE SILVER BULLET
Hosted by Coors Light & Four Corners Broadcasting

Now in its 22nd year! This event challenges all explorers, adventurers and the very clever to find the “Silver Bullet!” Somewhere out there among the cliffs and canyons, mountains and meadows of La Plata County, the Silver Bullet will be hidden! Find the Silver Bullet before anyone else and win $250 in cash, glory and other wonderful prizes! How it works; each day starting Monday Jan 27, clues will be released on RADIO 101.3 & KRSJ 100.5 radio stations that will help you in your search. You must be creative and smart in your solution of these clues to find the Silver Bullet and claim your veritable plethora of prizes. Remember there is no second place in this contest…there is only one Silver Bullet! Registration is not required but you must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Kristin Dills 259-4444
Entry Cost: FREE
Prizes: Cash! Glory! Bragging rights! Treasure!

BUILD – A – BONG CONTEST
Prohibition Herb – 1185 Camino Del Rio

Use your imagination to build the most rockin’ bong the world has ever seen! We encourage you to use anything and everything possible to build a unique one of a kind bong, the sky is the limit! Your bong-tastic creations can be dropped of at Prohibition Herb Wednesday Jan 29 through Saturday Feb 1. Prohibition Herb makes us want to sing, “where the grass is green and the girls are pretty”! Entries will be judged by our esteemed panel of judges, and winners will be picked on Sunday Feb 2 at 4:20 PM. Please ensure your bong is free of cannabis residue! Dirty bongs will not be accepted. Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Sayrah Sims 361-4296
Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: 9 PM Saturday Feb 1
Prizes: 1st – Basket of Prohibition Herb Gear & coupons valued at $250! 2nd – Prohibition Herb Hoodie and coupons, 3rd – Prohibition Herb T-shirt and coupons

NEW EVENT!
TWISTED SYSTEM
Conundrum Escape Rooms – 736 Main Ste 100

Prove that you are Durango’s smartest by solving an almost inconceivable enigma of exceptionally difficult proportions. Time is limited, and you must work alone, but be the fastest to conquer this perplexing challenge and you will gain the coveted title of Durango’s Top Puzzler! Stop by Conundrum Escape Rooms any day of SNOWDOWN between 11 AM and 7 PM to try your hand at solving the TWISTED SYSTEM! Ages 8 – 100+.
Event Coordinator: Hanna Pierce 764-4545
Entry Cost: FREE
Prizes!

WEDNESDAY

NEW TIME!
10 AM
A SNOWDOWN ROCKIN’ SCAVENGER HUNT
Billy Goat Saloon – 39848 Hwy 160 (Gem Village)
Teams of 4 will scour the county to find as many of the 100 items on the list as possible. Pick up lists between 10 AM and 8 PM at the Billy Goat. All the items will fit into one City of Durango blue recycling box. The team who returns with the most items from the list to the Billy Goat Saloon Fri, Jan 31 wins! Doors open at 10 AM Friday. Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Ashleigh Tarkington 903-0090
Entry Cost: $20
Prizes: Cash And Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd as well as participation awards for all teams.

11:15 AM SNOWDOWN FASHION DO’S & DON’TS
La Plata County Fairgrounds – Exhibit Building

Durango’s Rockin’ fashioneers are invited to meet, eat and have a drink at SNOWDOWN’S premier après-midi affair. Have your drummer gas up the surf wagon, gather your rockin’ cronies and join us for fabulous fashion, food and rockin’ fun. Whether your outfit rocks or the fashion police need to dress code you at the door it is all rock and roll to us! Dress to impress but please remember to follow a small bit of etiquette – it is an ADULT-only affair but not X-rated! Those offended by unsuitable attire and manners need not attend. Once again, our elite patrons and models will prove why Durango was voted “Worst Dressed Community” by USA Today! Doors to the grand event will open and revelries begin at 11:15. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres have been arranged as the doors open and dining will commence at 12:00. The fashion show begins at 12:30. Such fun! Sadly, the show ends at 1:40 and we will bid you rock on as you return to rockin’ occupations. We will provide nothing but the best prizes for those whose attire impresses us the most. As parking accommodations are limited, please arrive as many as you can stuff into one wagon or be rockin’ wise and truck to us in your sneakers and crepes. We will have luncheon seating at 60 tables and a maximum of 125 standees. All monies go to SNOWDOWN, which is a rockin’ non-profit organization. No children/infants or pets allowed!
Event Coordinators: Cyd Waddell 759-5513, Margaret Leeder 799-0950 and Beth Wyman 749-9349
Entry Cost: $20/runway; $15/seated; $6 Standing Room Only – holding up the walls – no seat, no food, no drink (what did you expect for just 6 bucks?! So not rockin’.) Advance tickets on sale at the SNOWDOWN store, Magpie’s Newsstand, 707 Main, starting Saturday January 18, 2020. Tickets to be SOLD beginning at 6 AM. Arrive early, pay with cash or check only, and get your tickets. Limit 4 seated tickets per person; you may purchase as many SRO tickets as you like while supplies last.
Prizes:
Best costume in 3 classes.

2 PM SNOWDOWN COSTUME CONTEST
Derailed Pour House – 725 Main

Come and show off your best and worst costumes! Dance to 70’s, 80’s, 90’s rockin’ music videos! Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Morgan Kirkpatrick 247-5440
Entry Cost: FREE
Prizes: Best and worst costume

NEW TIME!
2 PM KEG CAP FRISBEE
The Balcony Bar & Grill – 600 Main Ste 205

Test your skill at using keg caps as frisbees! Three chances with a prize for each win. Dress to impress, amuse or rescue us! Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Allison Wall 422-8008
Entry Cost: FREE
Prizes: 1st, 2nd and 3rd

NEW EVENT!
4 PM A SNOWDOWN ROCKING HOUSE OF CARDS
Office Depot – 331 South Camino Del Rio (look for the big sign)

Looking for a fun challenge for the younger rocker stars? See how tall you can build a freestanding tower of only index cards in 5 minutes, topped by a small Dixie cup, all cards & cups supplied by Office Depot. (Note: folding, tearing, and crumpling all allowed. (However No using any scissors, blades, tape, glue, tape, staples or paperclips. etc.). Ages-Kids: 1st graders to Senior high students* Note: An Adult must accompany all teams and a parent signed permission for all participants. Teams make up: individual up to 5 members. Complete event rules, event location conditions and additional info may be picked up at the Durango Office Depot Store.
*Competitors must be under 18.
Event Coordinators: Steve (DownTown) Brown, Travis Smith and Joe Pope 317-5479
Entry Cost: FREE
Prizes: 1st, 2nd and 3rd for Elementary, Middle and High school age groups, one prize for Best SNOWDOWN 2020 costume will be awarded

NEW EVENT!
4 PM ROCKIN’ GUITAR PICKS FOR TEENS
Durango Public Library – 1900 E 3rd Ave

Teens and Tweens come and design customized guitar picks! Use them to strum your favorite tunes or create a wearable piece with our jewelry making supplies!
Event Coordinator: Corinna Manion 375-3385
Entry Cost: FREE

4 PM SWINGIN’ ROLLIN’ PARENT LEGO MARCH
11th Street Station – 1101 Main

Compete in a time trial competition to prove who is the most Rockin’ Mom or Dad out there – child not required! Competitors (adults only) will walk across a medley of lego pieces barefoot for the chance to win prizes and gift cards. Must be over 18+.
Event Coordinator: Carmen Drulis 749-7204
Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: 30 minutes before event
Prizes: 1st – $50 Ernie’s Gift Card, 2nd – $25 Ernie’s Gift Card, 3rd – $15 Ernie’s Gift Card

4:30 PM 42ND ANNUAL SNOWDOWN BARTENDERS CONTEST
Starlight Lounge – 937 Main

The official SNOWDOWN 2020 Cocktail is chosen during this traditional event! Now in it’s 42nd year since this celebration started! All cocktails will be judged on presentation and taste. You don’t have to be a bartender to enter, but you must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Matthew McDermott 880-0214
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd – Bar Tabs!

4:30 PM SNOWDOWN KIDS FOLLIES
Durango Arts Center Theater – 802 E 2nd Ave

Come and be a part of the Kids and Teen Follies showcasing Durango’s under 18 youth performers. Join in on the fun and see Durango kids and teens entertain audiences with song, dance, skits, comedy and other fantastic talents. This is a wonderful event for all ages. Two shows on Wednesday Jan 29 and again on Thursday Jan 30: Kids Follies at 4:30 PM followed by Teen Follies at 7:30 PM both days. Special Best Of Show on Saturday Feb 1, at 1:00 PM. For tickets contact the Durango Arts Center box office at 259-2606, or online at Durangoarts.org
Event Coordinator: Jason Lythgoe 259-2606 x20
Entry Cost: $40 entry fee for all acts, collected at time of audition
$16 General admission, $12 DAC member

NEW TIME!
5 PM SNOWDOWN CRIBBAGE TOURNAMENT
Durango Elks Lodge – 901 E 2nd Ave

Time once again to get out your cribbage board and sign up for this event! Regular 6-card play, single elimination. Bring boards if you have them. Cards provided. Must be 18+.
Event Coordinator: Audrey Harris 247-2296
Entry Cost: $8
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: Cash prizes for first 3 places, small prizes for other players

5:30 PM SPELLEBRATION
Henry Strater Theatre – 699 Main

Hosted by Durango Adult Education Center, Spellebration is the one and only spelling showdown of SNOWDOWN! Teams of 3 compete to show off their spelling skills with cocktails and costumes in this fun adult spelling bee. Rockin’ prizes for each team. All ages, family friendly.
Event Coordinator: Kelly Quach 385-4354
Entry Cost: $250 per team
Entry Deadline: Monday Jan 27, 5 PM
Prizes: Grand Prize, 2nd, 3rd

5:30 PM SNOWDOWN BICYCLE ROLLER RACES
The Irish Embassy Pub – 900 Main

Hosted by the FLC Cycling Team. SNOWDOWN’S own bicycle event is gearing up its rollers! “Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy”… Head-to-head races on stationary indoor rollers at The Irish Embassy Pub. Contestants provide their own bicycles – with 700C front wheels. Furthest distance covered in 15 minutes wins. Categories: men 18-45, men 45+, women all ages, men and women under 18.
Event Coordinator: Ian Burnett 403-1200
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd each category

6 PM TWILIGHT NIGHT TRIATHLON
Purgatory Resort Base Area

Hosted by Durango Nordic Ski Club. Set at the base of Purgatory, this short track winter triathlon is for for nordic skiers, fat bikers and snowshoers to battle it out in the dark, up and down punishing terrain and around quick turns while being cheered on by the visiting gapers sitting outside at Purgy’s. Compete or complete. Individuals or teams. Show up and we will set you up in a team and some loaner gear available – first come, first served. Costumes strongly encouraged. All ages welcome as long as you can ski, bike or run!
Event Coordinator: Tom Holcomb 799-6439
Entry Cost: $10
Entry Deadline: 30 minutes before event
Prizes: Individual and team

6 PM SNOWDOWN EUCHRE TOURNAMENT
Durango Post 4031 V.F.W. – 1550 Main

Two-person teams of partners are drawn from a random drawing. Double elimination tournament. Tournament starts at 6 PM or as soon as brackets are finished.
Event Coordinator: Joe Zuber 259-1375
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Registration Wednesday Jan 30, 5-5:30 PM
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for Teams and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for Costumes

NEW TIME! NEW LOCATION!
6 PM SCOTCH DOUBLES BILLIARDS
The Garage – 121 W 8th St

Teams of two will play head to head in this double elimination 8-ball tournament alternating shots after every made ball. Cash prizes will be awarded. All ages are welcome.
Event Coordinator: Clinton Holnback 719-649-7263
Entry Cost: $20
Entry Deadline: Time of event
REGISTER HERE ON-LINE
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

NEW TIME!
6 PM SNOWDOWN BEER TRIVIA
Carver Brewing Co – 1022 Main

Beer trivia for the brave of heart that will also test your rock and roll roots! Test your beer trivia skills against some of the toughest competitors in the industry. Pre-registration encouraged! We have room for 8 teams of 4. No outside food or drink allowed. Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Patrick Jose 259-2545
Entry Cost: $60 per team
Entry Deadline:
Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

6 PM MAGICAL MUSICAL MYSTERY TOUR
The Irish Embassy Pub – 900 Main

Hosted by Aiko Aiko Sound, this is SNOWDOWN’S oldest music trivia contest! Teams of 4 will test their knowledge of music trivia in a variety of musical genres, from Top 40 and heavy metal to classic Broadway show tunes! Finals will be held on Thursday Jan 30. Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Dale Garland 769-2872
Entry Cost: $40 per team of 4
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

6:30 PM PING PONG TOURNAMENT
Starlight Lounge – 937 Main

Ping Pong has been the greatest non-video game pastime since 1909, so don’t be a ding dong, go play some Ping Pong! Set it, serve it, smash it! Single elimination, regulation ping pong. Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Matthew McDermott 880-0214
Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Bar Tabs

NEW EVENT!
6:30 PM ROCK STOP & ROLL
Durango High School – 2390 Main

Bring the whole family and join the Durango High School Orchestra (aka ‘The Demon Strings’) for a rockin’ concert followed by a fun dinner and Rock n’ Roll themed costume contest for kids 12 & under. This event is a great way to have fun with your family and help support the DHS Orchestra travel to Regional and State Orchestra competitions this spring. The admission price of $5 per person (kids 5 and under are free), gets you admission to the “Rock Stop & Roll” concert, a dinner and dessert buffet, and a kids Rock n’ Roll themed costume contest! Rock on! While it’s 12 & under for the costume contest, the concert & dinner is open to all ages!
Event Coordinator: Molly Jensen 609-647-9565
Entry Cost: $5 per person
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: Every child under 12 who joins in the contest gets a prize, with the winner getting a $25 gift certificate to Kids Rock

NEW LOCATION!
7 PM BEBOP BUTT DARTS
11th Street Station – 1101 Main

A SNOWDOWN twist on the classic party game “Quarters.” Teams of four will compete for the coveted Golden Ass Trophy! Limited to 12 teams, must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Carmen Drulis 749-7204
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Sign up begins Monday Jan 28, until time of event
Prizes: 1st – $50 Ernie’s Gift Card & swag, 2nd – $30 Ernie’s Gift Card & swag, 3rd – $20 Ernie’s Gift Card & swag

NEW EVENT!
7:30 PM SPORTS TRIVIA
Cuckoo’s Chicken House & Waterin’ Hole – 128 E College Dr

Test your sports knowledge at Durango’s home for sports. Teams up to 6 people. Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Michele Redding 259-6322
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

7:30 PM SNOWDOWN TEEN FOLLIES
Durango Arts Center Theater – 802 E 2nd Ave

(see WEDNESDAY 4:30 PM for details)

8 PM LIP SYNC CONTEST
El Rancho Tavern – 975 Main

Come out, come out! Enter the Lip Sync – Solo or Group Acts, judging based on Best Performance and Crowd Favorite! Dance Party to follow! Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Chip Lile 749-1816
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Best Overall, and Crowd Favorite

8 PM 42ND ANNUAL SNOWDOWN JOKEDOWN
Derailed Pour House – 725 Main

An original SNOWDOWN tradition, this hilarious event is older than rock and roll and funnier than TV! Come watch your favoite Jokedown joke-teller LIVE! ON STAGE! Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Lisa Gibson 247-5440
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline:
Time of event
Prizes: Best Three-Minute Stand-up, Best Joke

NEW DAY!
8 PM
GUINNESS GAMES – OPERATION
The Irish Embassy Pub – 900 Main

You get to play doctor (so fun!) and Cavity Sam needs your help! Show off your rockin’ operating skills but don’t get buzzed! Sign up 15 minutes prior to event.
Event Coordinator: Sarah Donaldson 403-1200
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, Jan 29 7:45 PM
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

NEW TIME!
8:30 PM MECHANICAL BULLRIDING CONTEST
Wild Horse Saloon – 601 E 2nd Ave

In full costume, contestants will be judged on time, style, and crowd amusement during each ride on the mechanical bull. Must be 18+.
Event Coordinator: Amber Morris 405-245-9968
Entry Cost: $5
Prizes: 1st, Male & Female, Wild Horse Gift Cards & Merchandise

9:30 PM KLACKERS
Starlight Lounge – 937 Main

Durango’s own homegrown game! Single elimination tournament of this exciting, fast paced dice board game. Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Matthew McDermott 970-880-0214
Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd – Bar Tabs!

10 PM GUINESS GAMES – HUNGRY HUNGRY HIPPOS
The Irish Embassy Pub – 900 Main

“It’s a race, it’s a chase, hurry up and feed their faces; Who will win? No one knows! Feed the hungry hip-ip-pos; Hungry hungry hippos! (open up and there it goes!).” If you remember this jingle, you rember how to play Hungry Hippos! Sign up early to get in on this hugely popular event! Must be 18+.

Event Coordinator: Sarah Donaldson 403-1200
Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: 15 minutes before event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

10:30 PM DJ AND MC BATTLE
Starlight Lounge – 937 Main

A contest to determine best DJ and MC in Durango. Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Rick Carney 749-7231
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: Best DJ, Best MC

Thursday

10:30 AM – 1 PM WARMING HUT & PIN THE LIPS ON JAGGER CHALLENGE
ReLove, Consign & Design – 110 E 5th St

Rock N’ Roll your way to the Radio 101 Warming Hut for a morning treat and a chance to win a pair of 2020 SNOWDOWN Follies Tickets! Test your skills at ‘Pin the Lips on Jagger’ – after a quick spin wearing a blindfold, try your best to hit the mark and pin the lips on Mic Jagger. The top 3 placements will be awarded prizes, with first place winning a pair of 2020 SNOWDOWN Follies tickets! It can get mighty chilly rocking from event to event, so come on in and warm up with a specialty drink and try your luck. Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Kristin Dills 259-4444
Entry Cost: FREE
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, with SNOWDOWN Follies tickets for the winner!

NEW EVENT!
1 PM CHIKIN FLICKIN’ BUCKET BONANZA
Bird’s – 2957 Main

Join us for a hilarious outdoor game of throwing rubber chickens at a chicken bucket target. Teams of four will compete to have the lowest score at the end of our Chickin Flickin’ course. Must be 18+.
Event Coordinator: Susan Hupp 303-875-9134
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: 30 minutes before event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd and 3rd

NEW TIME! NEW LOCATION!

1 PM FAMILY FEUD

Seasons Rotisserie & Grill – 764 Main

This game is similar to the TV classic, but with a SNOWDOWN 2020 flair! Four 4-person teams will compete for the top prize! Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Scott Wells 247-2018

Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: 30 minutes before event

Prizes: 1st, 2nd

2 PM BIG WHEEL DERBY
The Balcony – 600 Main Ste 205

Each contestant does a timed lap around the balcony on a Big Wheel! Hopefully, the required helmet won’t mess up your costume! Must be 18+.
Event Coordinator: Allison Wall 422-8008
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: 60 minutes before event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

2 PM GROADIE TRICYCLE RACE
11th Street Station – 1101 Main

Competitors will compete in a tournament-style set of races riding tricycles around a special track for prizes and gift cards. Awards at 6 PM. Must be 18+.
Event Coordinator: Carmen Drulis 749-7204
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st – Medal & $30 Ernie’s Gift Card w/swag, 2nd – Medal & $20 Ernie’s Gift Card w/swag, 3rd – Medal & $10 Ernie’s Gift Card w/swag

NEW EVENT!
3:30 PM MAKING YOUR OWN MUSICAL INSTRUMENT – FAMILY STYLE
Powerhouse Science Center – 1333 Camino Del Rio

A making, tinkering and experimenting event for all ages as you are invited to make your own rockin’ musical instrument with our Science Center and MakerLab experts. All ages welcome!
Event Coordinator: Wayne LaBar 201-499-7818
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event

4 PM HOT WING EATING CONTEST
Animas City Theatre – 128 E College Dr (Next to Cuckoo’s)

Hosted by Cuckoo’s Chicken House. Can you handle the heat? Drop by Cuckoo’s for a full set of rules and to sign up as early as Jan 22. Limited to first 20 entries. Must be 18+.
Event Coordinator: Michele Redding 259-6322
Entry Cost: $8
Entry Deadline: 15 mintutes before event, pre-registration available.
Prizes: 1st – Pound of wings a month for a year, 2nd – Pound of wings a month for 6 months, 3rd – T-shirt

NEW DAY!

4 PM FLC TRIVIA
Fort Lewis College – Family Hall (Rm 710)

Hosted by Fort Lewis College. Nerd alert! Join fellow knowledge junkies for the esteemed Fort Lewis College Trivia Showdown. Bring your A-game and get ready to slay questions in a range of topics! Brought to you by the Quiz Masters of Durango’s higher-learning institution. Alumni, students and general public welcome. Must be 18+.
Event Coordinator: Lorraine Taylor 247-7344
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes!

4 PM ROCKIN’ ROLLIN’ OYSTER SLURPIN’ CONTEST
Highway 3 Roadhouse – 955 Hwy 3

Did you know, a man named Colin Shirlow, aka The Oyster King, holds the Guinness World Record for oyster eating? In 2005, he ate 233 oysters in just three minutes! How many oysters can you slurp down in 1 minute? Men’s and Women’s categories.
Event Coordinator: Chuck Norton 749-1414
Entry Cost: $20 paid in advance
Entry Deadline: Must sign up the day before event. Contestants must arrive 15 minutes before event.
Prizes: Men and Women, 1st, 2nd, 3rd

4 PM NAME THAT TUNE
8th Avenue Tavern – 509 E 8th Ave (College Plaza)

Contestants will listen to short (3-20 second) clips of songs before the music stops. Contestants are asked to write down the title of the song, the artist of the song and periodically the year the song came out. The song title, name of artist and year of release are each worth one point. The highest score at the end of the event wins! Teams are permitted. No cheating please. That includes looking at other contestants’ answers and most definitely the use of smart phones, tablets and laptops. Let the good tunes roll! Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Chris Brophy 314-276-1522
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st – $50 Cash, 2nd – $25 Drink card, 3rd – Drink token

4 PM BOOZIN’ BEACONS

Eolus – 919 Main (rooftop)

Hosted by Friends of the San Juans. This is a rollicking collision of libations and life-saving skills incorporating teamwork, knowledge of the downtown bar scene and skills with Avalanche Beacons. Teams are sent out across Durango. Games begin at Eolus where all teams are to return by 7 PM. Proceeds benefit Friends of the San Juans and SNOWDOWN. Limited to 10 teams of 3-4 people. BYO Beacon and camera phone. Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Ben Stone 303-518-0362

Event Cost: $10 per player

Entry Deadline: Thursday Jan 23

Prizes!

4:30 PM SNOWDOWN JR KING AND QUEEN CONTEST
Best Western Rio Grande Inn – 400 E 2nd Ave

Hosted by McDonald’s & Best Western Rio Grande Inn. All ages are welcome to attend this final selection of SNOWDOWN’S Junior King and Queen from the Durango grade school competition. Winning royalty will ride in the SNOWDOWN Light Parade Friday night!
Event Coordinator: Kathy Bowser 247-2446 or 247-3986
Entry Cost: FREE

4:30 PM 28th ANNUAL LA PLATA OPEN SPACE CONSERVANCY’S CRAFT SPIRITS & WINE TASTING
Mutu’s Italian Kitchen – 701 E 2nd Ave

La Plata Open Space Conservancy’s annual fundraiser is a fun, elegant event featuring exceptional wines, locally crafted spirits and local brews, fine foods and silent auction items. All proceeds from this popular event support LPOSC’s work conserving cherished landscapes and natural resources in our community. This year will be our 28th year hosting Durango’s SNOWDOWN Wine Tasting and Silent Auction – benefiting open space and our quality of life for generations to come! Purchase tickets in advance at www.lposc.org. Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Asa Bjorklund 480-677-9855
Entry Cost: $60

Entry Deadline: Tickets in advance or at the door (if space permits)

4:30 PM SNOWDOWN KIDS FOLLIES – SECOND PERFORMANCE
Durango Arts Center Theater – 802 E 2nd Ave

(see WEDNESDAY 4:30 PM for details)

5 PM SNOWDOWN TYE DOWN “FLY TYING CONTEST”
The San Juan Angler – 600 Main Ste 202

Fly Tying Contest. Most creative flies in 3 categories (SM, MD, LG) with materials provided. Fly tying knowledge not required. All ages welcome!
Event Coordinator: Cole Glenn 382-9978
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: 60 minutes before event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

NEW EVENT!
5:30 PM MOCK AND ROLL
Starting at the Strater Hotel – 699 Main

Hosted by Young People in Recovery. A non-alcoholic pub crawl celebrating local Mocktail menus. Begin at The Strater Hotel Pullman Room to get your passport. You’ll have three hours to make 5 stops in downtown Durango. Return to the Strater Hotel for prizes and a dance party. Must be 18+.
Event Coordinator: Emily Spencer 799-7341
Entry Cost: $5
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes!

NEW EVENT!
5:30 PM ROCKIN’ FAMILY DANCE PARTY
Durango Dance – 3416 Main Ste 101

Dance the cold away! Families are welcome to this upbeat, positive, boogie woogie dance party! Led by Durango Dance professional teachers.
Event Coordinator: Miriam Morgan 403-5974
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes!

NEW TIME!

5:30 PM DODGEBALL
Durango Recreation Center – 2700 Main

Hosted by Ignacio Youth Services. This all-pure-natural adrenaline event also increases dopamine levels naturally and raises money for awesome after-school, outdoor adventure positive youth development programs in Ignacio, staffed by real Rock Stars! The youth are the referees, so treat ’em with respect. Each team consists of 6 members, including at least 2 women. Must be 16+. Spectators of all ages welcome!
Event Coordinator: Nita Emerson 563-4517
Entry Cost: $65 per team
Entry Deadline: 30 minutes before event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd

6 PM BEER PONG
The Garage – 121 W 8th St

Teams of two will square off in this double elimination tournament played with traditional beer pong rules. This is a 64 team bracket and teams should sign up early as this event fills up! Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Clinton Holnback 719-649-7263
Entry Cost: $20 per team
REGISTER HERE ON-LINE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

6 PM ROCKY MOUNTAIN OYSTER EAT OFF
Derailed Pour House – 725 Main

Bring your appetites because if you can eat the most bull balls, you will earn a beautiful trophy and $$$! Money, money, money!! This event fills up fast so sign up early! Must be 18+.
Event Coordinator: Morgan Kirkpatrick 303-526-6364
Entry Cost: $20
Entry Deadline: 15 minutes before event, pre-registration available.
Prizes: Trophy and cash prizes!

NEW DAY!
6 PM AIR GUITAR HERO
Animas City Theatre – 128 E College Dr

Can you rock an Air Guitar? You pick your own song and perform your air guitar skills to the audience. Must be 18+.
Event Coordinator: Kelsie Borland 219-0410
Entry Cost: Free
Entry Deadline: 15 minutes before event
Prizes: Best Performance, Best Technical Guitar, Best Costume

NEW EVENT!
6 PM THIS IS UTTER NONSENSE!
The Roost – 128 E College Dr

Hosted by The Roost & Conundrum Escape Rooms. Join us for a hilarious game of Utter Nonsense that is sure to have you ROFL! It’s a classic party game with a twist! Similar to Cards Against Humanity, this version of the game incorporates players having to pull out their best accents & impersonations to win the round. We have Rock & Rolled it up though and made it SNOWDOWN style! So start working on your best Axel Rose, Jimmy Hendrix, and Freddie Mercury to see if you have the talent to be the Rock Star of Utter Nonsense! Teams consist of 4-6 players. Costumes are highly encouraged of course! No worries if you don’t want to be on a team. This is definitely an event you will want pit tickets for!
Event Coordinator: Hanna Pierce 764-4545
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: Winning Team and Best team Costumes!!!

6 PM MAGICAL MYSTERY MUSICAL TOUR FINALS
Irish Embassy – 900 Main

(see WEDNESDAY 6 PM for details)

NEW LOCATION!

6 PM SNOWDOWN TREADMILL CHALLENGE

11TH Street Station – 1101 Main

Hosted by Durango Running Company. How high can you climb? Each contestant has 5 minutes to push their limits and climb as many vertical feet as possible! The contestant who climbs the most wins! Mens and Women’s categories. Must be 18+.

Event Coordinator: Brett Sublet 769-3639

Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: 60 minutes before event

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

6 PM 3-ON-3 SPORTS CHAIR BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

FLC Life Center Basketball Courts – 1000 Rim Dr

1st Annual 3-on-3 Sports chair tournament open to people of all abilities. This is a fundraiser for Tribal Adaptive Organization, a non-profit created by Durango local Noah Blue Elk Hotchkiss whose mission is to use sports as a tool to improve the health and wellness of Native Americans. All participants can attend a free skills clinic prior to the event to get experience with the sports chairs. This will be a fun and competitive tournament!

Event Coordinator: Bethany McManus 259-4313

Entry Cost: $500 per team

Entry Deadline: Friday, Jan 24

Prizes!

6:30 PM MAGIC CARPET RIDE
Starlight Lounge – 937 Main

Race to the finish on your magic carpet. Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Rick Carney 749-7231
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd – Bar Tabs!

6:30 PM ROCK N’ SCIENCE TRIVIA
The Powerhouse – 1333 Camino del Rio

Get ready for a rockin’ trivia night at The Powerhouse! Our trivia consists of four rounds, there is always one scientific round and one picture round. Assemble a team of five or come solo and join one! All ages welcome.
Event Coordinator: Charlotte Ford 315-0589
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

6:30 PM KAYAK POOL SLALOM
Durango Community Recreation Center – 2700 Main

Hosted by Durango Whitewater and Durango Parks & Rec. Join paddlers from Durango Whitewater for a low key kayak pool slalom for everyone to enjoy. Playboat paddlers are encouraged to come join the fun. Several slalom race kayaks will be available for loan. Slalom is for ALL AGES, ALL TYPES OF BOATS! Very youth friendly. How does it work? Each boater is timed through the gates. We will teach you the rules and course on arrival. All ages welcome!

Event Coordinator: Kent Ford 259-1361
Entry Cost: $1 per contestant, FREE for spectators
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: Awards for all ages!

7 PM ROCK AND ROLL PINBALL SNOWDOWN SHOWDOWN
J Bo’s Pizza and Ribs – 1301 Florida Rd

Did you know an Elvis pinball machine still resides in Graceland? Well, Rock and Roll Pinball SNOWDOWN Showdown is a fun and exciting pinball tournament for rock stars to display their Pinball Wizard skills here in beautiful Durango, our own personal “Graceland”. This is a 3 strike tournament. You will be matched up in groups of 4. The top 2 winners from each group will earn no strikes per round, whilst the players in 3rd and 4th will earn strikes. Come prove that the lyrics still live, even a deaf, dumb, and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball!!!! A night of free pinball play with $5 entry into the tournament. Must be 18+.
Event Coordinator: Jason Thomas 759-1158
Entry Cost: $5 per contestant
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: Top 3 Rockers and Best Costumes!

NEW EVENT!
7 PM TALKIN S***-“AN AMATEUR COMEDY COMPETITION”
Down the Rabbit Hole – 640 Main

Hosted by Comic Uprising. A “Voice”- Style Competition. But with comedy! Limited to 10 contestants who should come prepared with a minimum of 2 minutes of material. Three comics will take on the role of judges/mentors with 5 additional comic performers. That’s a lot of funny! Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Jill Carlson 560-5950
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: 60 minutes before event
Prizes!

NEW LOCATION! NEW TIME!
7 PM CHAMPAGNE PONG
Animas River Lounge at the DoubleTree – 501 Camino del Rio

Dahhling! It’s like the beer pong but with a much better beverage! Only one wins in the round robin competition but we also have our “not so famous” dance off for our odd number elimination rounds. We award for costumes too! The entry fee is $10.00 per person and will include a pair of balls and plenty of bubbles for your plastic glassware. Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Stephaine Heiss 382-3950
Entry Cost: $10
Entry Deadline: 15 minutes before event
Prizes!

8 PM SNOWDOWN FOLLIES GALA PREMIER PERFORMANCE
Henry Strater Theatre – 699 Main

The grand gala of the SNOWDOWN Follies – A notorioulsy irreverent show performed by an all-volunteer cast and crew. To purchase tickets for this event, you must place your name on the official gala wait list created on April 1st 1997 (almost a quarter century ago!) To get on the list, email SNOWDOWNfollies@gmail.com.
Event Coordinator: Janalee Hogan SNOWDOWNfollies@gmail.com
Entry Cost: $65

Entry Deadline: Sold Out! Wait List Only!

NEW EVENT!
7:30 PM BATTLE OF THE HAIR BANDS
Animas City Theatre – 128 E College Dr

Battle of the hAir Bands – Have you always envisioned yourself on stage with Poison or Dokken rockin the house? Well, now is your chance! The Animas City Theatre welcomes all true hair band fans to show us what you got! In order to enter you must have a full “air” band, no instruments allowed, with at least two song ideas from that band.
Event Coordinator: Kelsie Borland 219-0410
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: 30 minutes before event
Prizes!

7:30 PM SNOWDOWN TEEN FOLLIES – SECOND PERFORMANCE
Durango Arts Center Theater – 802 E 2nd Ave

(see WEDNESDAY 7:30 PM for details)

8 PM SNOWDOWN BEARD GROWING COMPETITION
Carver Brewing Company – 1022 Main

Welcome to the 10th Annual Beard Growing Competition! Contestants entering the “Beard Race” showed up clean shaven at Carver’s in November to have their mug shot as proof they didn’t get a head start. These substantially furrier lads will present their faces Thursday to a panel of judges. We will award prizes to the winner then continue with other fun beard challenges! Lots of prizes and lots of fun will be had by all! Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Dasha Greidanus 259-2545
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Contestants “pre-certified” in November must arrive 60 minutes before event
Prizes: Keg, Growlers, Gift Cards, Brewery Merchandise

8 PM DRAG RACE AND FASHION SHOW
El Rancho Tavern – 975 Main

Hosted by El Rancho Tavern & The Spaah Shop. Come strut your stuff and dress in your best Queen or King of the Drag! Dance Party to follow! Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Chip Lile 749-1816
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: 60 minutes before event
Prizes: Best Overall Queen and King and Crowd Favorites

8 PM ARM WRESTLING TOURNAMENT
Wild Horse Saloon – 601 E 2nd Ave

Single elimination bracket tournament with 6 weight categories in both men’s and women’s divisions. Registration fees go toward prize money. Must be 18+.
Event Coordinator: Amber Morris 405-245-9968
Entry Cost: $5
Entry Deadline: 15 minutes before event
Prizes: Cash prizes and trophies!!

8:30 PM FLIPPY CUP
Starlight Lounge – 937 Main

A good ole flippy cup race where players stand on opposite sides of the board, down a cup of beer, then use the launchers to to to flip the cup upisde down before moving on to drink the next one!f
Event Coordinator: Rick Carney 749-7231
Entry Cost: Pitcher of beer
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd – Bar Tabs!

NEW DAY! NEW TIME!

8:30 PM GUINNESS GAMES – ANTS IN THE PANTS
The Irish Embassy Pub – 900 Main

We’re changing it up this year! YOU will wear the pants and your partner will try to fling the ants into them! Arrive early to sign up and play. Must be 18+.
Event Coordinator: Sarah Donaldson 403-1200
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: 15 minutes before event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

9 PM PICK UP LINE CONTEST
Animas City Theater – 128 E College Dr (next to Cuckoo’s)

Got a good one liner or two you think will increase your chances of getting lucky? Test your best pickup lines before a live audience! A panel of knowledgeable judges will determine if you’ve got what it takes to seal the deal. Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Dusty Grannis 799-1681
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

NEW EVENT!
10 PM SNOWDOWN THURSDAY PLURSDAY
Starlight Lounge – 937 Main

Winner of MC/DJ battle from Wednesday plays! Live music and dancing! Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Rick Carney 749-7231
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Bar Tabs!

10 PM KARAOKE CONTEST
8th Avenue Tavern – 509 E 8th Ave (College Plaza)

Contestants will choose and sing a song. They will be judged by their technical skills, vocals and overall presentation(showmanship). This event will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday night with 1st, 2nd, 3rd place awarded every night. If you take first place you cannot compete again. This is a solo event. Please no crowd help. Bring on the singing! Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Brian Baehr 903-7810
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st – $50 Cash, 2nd – $25 Drink card, 3rd – A drink

FRIDAY

ALL DAY SNOWDOWN T-SHIRT DAY
Take advantage of the day and don a favorite SNOWDOWN apparel item – the one, the only, the super cool 2020 (Deep Purple!) SNOWDOWN T-shirt! Long-sleeved, for winter warmth! Get yours today at Magpie’s Newsstand and other fine local establishments. Wear it with style and show your support of SNOWDOWN!

10 AM SNOWDOWN SCAVENGER HUNT – JUDGING
Billy Goat Saloon – 39848 HWY 160 (Gem Village)

(See WEDNESDAY 10 AM for details)

1 PM KANJAM
Balcony Bar & Grill – 600 Main Ste 205
What began as “garbage can frisbee” in the 1980’s, later turned into KanJam! Some call it playing horseshoes with a Frisbee but all we know is that it’s FUN! Two people per team must be 18+.

Event Coordinator: Allison Wall 422-8008
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: 30 minutes before event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

NEW EVENT!
1 PM SNOWDOWN SENIOR BINGO
La Plata County Senior Center – 2424 N Main
Bring your friends for Bingo at the La Plata County Senior Center! This is a great opportunity to check out your local La Plata County Senior Center and stay for a fun afternoon of Bingo. Did you know the Senior Center has great lunches with a salad bar? Did you know they have Zumba, line dancing, computers, a library and even a thrift store and transportation too? Check it out! Must be over 60 to play. Costumes welcome!
Entry Cost: 25 cents

Entry Deadline: 15 minutes before event

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

2 PM SERVICE INDUSTRY SCRAMBLE

Steamworks Brewing Co – 801 E 2nd Ave (in the alley)

Traditionally one of SNOWDOWN’S wildest events! Coed teams of your favorite local servers from area restaurants compete in a fun and frequently messy obstacle course incorporating waiting skills with a bit of a SNOWDOWN twist! Teams must be comprised of 2 male and 2 female members of local restaurant wait staff over the age of 21. All teams are required to show their ID and sign a waiver before competing. See you there!
Event Coordinator: Joel Hayes 946-9249
Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: 30 minutes before event
Prizes: 1st – keg of Steamworks beer, 2nd – $50 Steamworks gift card, 3rd- a voucher for two pitchers of Steamworks beer

3 PM SUPER SEXY ROCK N ROLL CAR WASH
11th Street Station – 1101 Main
“And we all shine on.” Be the bravest babe or bro out there by donning your sexy super rock n roll gear, getting all soapy and wet (snow or shine!) and washing a classic car for up to one minute. Judged by a panel of three very qualified judges. Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Carmen Drulis 749-7204

Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event

Prizes: 1st – $400 Cash, 2nd – $150 Cash, 3rd – $75 Cash

NEW EVENT!
3:30 PM ROCKIN‘ CRAFTS & ACCESSORIES

Durango Public Library – 1900 E 3rd Ave
Music themed crafts and rockin’ accessories for the whole family! Make sure your look is ready to rock before the parade!

Event Coordinator: Corinna Manion 375-3385

Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of the event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

4 PM BED RACES

100 Club – Between 7th & 8th on Main
On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair…I must be riding in the Bed Races again! Participate in Durango’s craziest and most fun event in what is sure to be an action-packed spectacle. Compete head-to-head against other teams for the Bed Race Trophy. The event will be held on Main before the start of the SNOWDOWN Light Parade. This event is a fundraiser for the Durango 100 Club. Support a great cause and have one heck of a time. The start/finish line will be in the middle of the block with races going off in both directions (north/south) in each lane. You’ll race head-to-head against the team next to you. First team to cross the finish line advances to the next round. Beds are provided. You’ll need a team of 5, a SNOWDOWN themed onesie, helmets for everyone, and proper footwear. Teams of 5 (4 people pushing the bed, one person on the bed). Person on the bed exchanges onesie with one of the runners at the turn around point.

Event Coordinator: Tracy Barnes 946-6726

Entry Cost: $50 per team
Entry Deadline: Registration closes Jan 26, 2020
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd with the top team winning the trophy!

4 – 9 PM SPAGHETTI DINNER
Durango Elks Lodge – 901 E 2nd Ave (9th St Entrance)
Come before the parade and fill up! Or during, or after! Yummy food for all SNOWDOWN goers! Spaghetti dinner with meatballs (vegetarian too) Garlic bread, salad, drinks, and cash bar.
Event Coordinator: John Wayde 247-2296
Entry Cost: $10 adult, $5 kids (10 and under)

NEW EVENT!
4 PM DRINK UP RELAY
Fired Up Pizzeria – 735 Main

Bring your team of 4 people to play in a Drinking Relay Game and show your skills! Teams will participate in different games challenging their speed, smarts, and Rock Star status, making their way through a bracket to see who ends up on top! All four players must participate in every game. Space is limited!

Event Coordinator: Heather Parker 247-0264

Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: 60 minutes before event
Prizes: 1st – $200 Cash, 2nd – $100 Fired Up Gift Card, 3rd – $50 Fired Up Gift card, 4th – A Solid High Five

4 PM CHILI COOK OFF & BLOODY MARY PRE SALE TICKETS
The Roost – 128 E College Dr
Avoid long lines and standing in the cold! Purchase your tickets Friday afternoon before the parade.
Event Coordinator: Greg Yucha 382-0788
Entry Cost: 50 cents per ticket
(see SATURDAY 12 NOON for details)

NEW EVENT!
4 PM 2020 ROTARY RED BALL EXPRESS
Rotary Clubs & Alpine Bank – 1099 Main
Rolling of giant red exercise balls down from 2nd Avenue and 10th Street to win $5000, $2000, and $1000 while supporting local non-profits. If you don’t have a ticket you can’t win. Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Jerome Bleger 759-1658

Entry Cost: Buy a ticket for $5 to have a chance to win, watching the event is FREE

Entry Deadline: Friday, Jan 31

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

4:30 PM HANKY PANKY

Starlight Lounge – 937 Main

Must Rock n’ Roll that body to empty the tissue box. “Ain’t it funny how the night moves…” Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Rick Carney 749-7231
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

6 PM (DUSK) SNOWDOWN LIGHT PARADE
Main from College Dr to 12th St
Hosted by Purgatory Resort, Durango’s only nighttime parade, where Rock and Roll light up floats create a dazzling delight. Floats compete for trophies in 10 divisions with special emphasis on lights and theme.

Event Coordinator: Chip Lile 749-1816 or PARADE@SNOWDOWN.ORG
Entry Cost: $65 per entry ($50 for registered Non-Profits)
Entry Deadline: 5 PM Friday, Jan 24 or when Parade Roster is full. Entry forms available online at SNOWDOWN.ORG
Prizes: Many divisions. See application for details. Awards to follow parade.

7 PM 2ND ANNUAL SNOWDOWN COSTUME BALL, POST PARADE AWARDS & BALLOON DROP!
Durango Balloon Company – 835 Main (Main Mall)
Back for its 2nd year, the Durango Balloon SNOWDOWN Costume Ball, Balloon Drop, and Post Parade Awards Ceremony is not to be missed! New this year is the SNOWDOWN Committees involvement! Meet the SNOWDOWN 2020 festival organizers, as well as hear the live Post Parade Float winners! Parade Categories include Best of Show, Best Lights, Best use of Theme, Best Balloon and more! Our friends “The Hillstompers” will be playing again with their bright costumes, big band instruments and music to fit this years theme – Rock N’ SNOWDOWN! This event features live music, drinks and entertainment!

Event Coordinators: Bear Tomlinson, TJ Hermesman 808-398-6255
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

7 PM ANNUAL VETERANS BENEFIT DANCE WITH RALPH DINOSAUR
American Legion Auxiliary – 878 E 2nd Ave
Ralph is back! Enjoy an evening dancing and raising money for the Veterans of La Plata County. Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Donna Jones 903-2424
Entry Cost: $12 in advance $15 at the door
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd best costumes and dancers

 

7:30 PM SKI SCHOOL VS. SKI PATROL SNOWDOWN SOFTBALL GAME
FLC Softball Complex
Fort Lewis College
A SNOWDOWN tradition! Purgatory Mountain Patrol and the Ski/Snowboard School, continue their 42nd year rivalry in Ski Softball- Softball played on skis and boards! Make you way to one of the most popular SNOWDOWN events. Starts right after the parade!

Event Coordinator: Cat Vogel 946-4082

Entry Deadline: Time of event

7:30 PM TEEN DANCE CON: SOLO or SQUAD
LA Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
2500 Main
Hosted by Exit Reality Home and Ranch and AIKO Sound. Break out and break dance to attend the annual teen dance and adorn yourselves in Rock Star attire! Prizes for costumes and dance moves! See you there right after the SNOWDOWN Light Parade! A safe environment to enjoy ages 10-18. Parents must sign permission forms.

Event Coordinator: Jessie Gregg 247-3948
Entry Cost:
$5
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes!

7:30 PM SNOWDOWN FOLLIES
Live at both: Henry Strater Theater – 699 Main and Durango Arts Center Theater – 802 E 2nd
The SNOWDOWN Follies return for the 37th year of entertainment with your favorite showbiz personalities and local commentary! This notorious irreverent review performs in two different theaters simultaneously, Really! Cash bar! Ticket purchases limited to four per person for this show performed by an all-volunteer cast and crew. Ticket sales support SNOWDOWN, This is Adult entertainment. Visit WWW.SNOWDOWNFOLLIES.ORG for complete details. Mail-in ticket drawing: December 7, 2019. Secret box office: Saturday January 18, 2020 at 6 AM. Radio stations KIQX, KRSJ and KIUP will announce over the air clues to the secret locations where morning enthusiasts can line up to obtain coupons for the purchase of SNOWDOWN Follies tickets. Actual ticket sales will commence at 6:30 AM at the Elks Lodge, 9th St. entrance. Ticket marketplace at Bank of the San Juans: 12 tickets will be sold (in lots of 4) to the highest bidder each day for four days beginning Tuesday Jan 21 through Friday Jan 24. Bids will be received in person only at the 144 E 8th St. No telephone calls.
Event Coordinator: Janalee Hogan WWW.SNOWDOWNFOLLIES@GMAIL.com
Entry Cost: $20 per ticket

7:30 PM SNOWDOWN FOLLIES VIDEOCAST
Animas City Theatre – 128 E College Dr
If you missed getting tickets for the Snowdown Follies, watch the show on the big screen at the Animas City Theatre! It’s almost as good as the real thing-at half the price! Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Michele Redding 799-2281
Entry Cost: $10

Entry Deadline: Tickets available at the Animas City Theatre Box Office at NOON on Saturday Jan 18, 2020 for 60 minutes, then at animascitytheatre.com until they are SOLD OUT.

9 PM ROCK AND ROLL LIVE MUSIC TRIVIA
Derailed Pour House – 725 Main
Play along with the rock and roll music of AOR live from Albuquerque! Guess the songs they rock out for you and win cash $$ prizes and a smarty pants music trophy!! Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Grant Gibson 749-5296
Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

NEW EVENT!
9:30 PM NO PANTS SNOWPANTS DANCE
Starlight Lounge – 937 Main
It’s time we stop! Hey, what’s that sound… Everybody look! What’s going down? Pants!!! Wear anything but pants dance…SNOWDOWN theme! Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Rick Carney 749-7231
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

NEW LOCATION!
10 PM POLE DANCING CONTEST
Wild Horse Saloon – 601 E 2nd Ave

Always a crowd pleaser, men and women get the chance to grab a pole and show off their best moves. Contestants and spectators should arrive early as this event fills up fast! Bar tabs will be awarded as prizes. Live video on the big screen. Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Amber Morris (405) 245-9968
Entry Cost: $5
Entry Deadline: Time of the event
Prizes: Best Male, Best Female

10 PM SNOWDOWN FOLLIES – SECOND FRIDAY PERFORMANCE
Live at both: Henry Strater Theater – 699 Main and Durango Arts Center Theater – 802 E 2nd Ave

(see FRIDAY 7:30 PM for details)

10 PM SNOWDOWN FOLLIES VIDEOCAST
Animas City Theatre – 128 E College Dr
(see FRIDAY 7:30 PM for details)

10 PM KARAOKE CONTEST
8TH Avenue Tavern 509 E 8TH Ave
(see THURSDAY 10 PM for details)

SATURDAY

8 AM SNOWDOWN BALLOON RALLY & MASS ASCENSION

HWY 550 N, N side of Hermosa Meadows Rd (Park at Animas Valley Elem. School)

This spectacular event features a beautiful display of colorful hot air balloons ascending in the early morning frost. Grab some warm clothes, some friends, some warm drinks, some more warm clothes…and join us as we engage in the wonder around us!

Event Coordinator: Phil Campbell 759-4326

Event Cost: Pilot $75, Sponsor $225

Eligibility: Pilots by invitiation; sponsors, first 25 applicants

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

NEW TIME!
9 AM 3-ON-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Durango Community Recreation Center – 2700 Main

Hosted by Durango Parks & Rec. Join in the SNOWDOWN celebration by playing 3-on-3 basketball! This tournament is for kids in grades 3rd through 12th. 8 Divisions, maximum 4 players per team. Teams are guaranteed a minimum of 4 games and event T-shirt with registration. Volunteer referees and scorekeepers needed.
Event Coordinator: Jordan Rupe 375-7331

Entry Cost: $50 per team/early reg.; $75 per team/late reg.

Event Deadline: Registration begins Wednesday Jan 29
Prizes: 1st & 2nd prizes awarded for girls and boys in each age division


NEW EVENT!
10 AM ROCK AND ROLL PINBALL SNOWDOWN SHOWDOWN JR.
The Garage – 121 W 8th St

Did you know that Slash of Gun’s and Roses loves his collection of pinball machines? Rock and Roll Pinball SNOWDOWN Showdown is a fun and exciting pinball tournament for junior rock stars to rock their Pinball Wizard skills! It’s a 3 strike tournament, with fantastic prizes for the top 3 junior rockers and for best costumes. You will be matched up in groups of 4. The top 2 winners from each group will earn no strikes per round, whilst the players in 3rd and 4th will earn strikes. This is a great learning pinball morning and a fun experience for the kids. Pinball machines are on FREE play.

Event Coordinator: Jason Thomas 759-1158

Entry Cost: FREE
Prizes: Prizes for the top 3 junior rockers and for best costumes

10 AM STRONGMAN & STRONGWOMAN COMPETITION
CrossFit Durango – 360 S Camino Del Rio

This is a traditional Strongman event, open to all levels of ability. There may be stones, logs, yokes, axle bars, keg carries and much more that both athletes and spectators will find exciting. It’s fun, silly, heavy and great entertainment! Must be 18+.

Event Coordinator: Nika Brandt 422-2847

Entry Cost: $69 per team

Entry Deadline: 60 minutes before event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd and 3rd in 2 weight divisions for both men & women

*SPECIAL GUEST AT THIS EVENT!
10 AM KIDS SNOW GAMES
Folsum Park – 11 Folsum Place (off Florida Rd)

Hosted by McDonald’s. Crazy fun games for your littlest ones! This super silly SNOWDOWN event is filled with something for every little rock star! This is a party for kids from 3 years old, up to 5th graders! Bundle up and plan for a full morning of fun things to do for the “second-generation” of SNOWDOWN Kids! Play Frisbee golf, kick-ball, broomball, balloon pop, free throw, tug-o-war, go ice fish and more!

Event Coordinator: Kathy Bowser 247-3986 or 247-2446

Entry Cost: FREE

Event Deadline: Time of event

Prizes!

*This year there will be a very special guest appearing at the Kids Games…Wilder! If you haven’t heard of this fun character, he’s part yeti & part goat! Go to generationwild.com for more information. Wilder will be visiting at the Kids Snow Games taking pictures, passing out information about getting kids outside (and warming the hearts of children)

10 AM MAKE YOUR OWN FRENCH TOAST RELAY
Animas River Lounge at the Doubletree – 501 Camino Del Rio

Partner up to make your finest french toast – no hands allowed. Try your best to not give french toast a bad name. Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Stephanie Heiss 382-3950
Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: 15 minutes before event
Prizes!


NEW EVENT!
10:30 AM BOMBER BOWLING
Rocky Mountain High – 120 E 36th St

In teams of 2-4 people, one person on snow equipment will be jettisoned via team power towards bowling pins, traffic cones, on the other side of the RMH Parking lot. Teams will be given points according to how many pins are knocked down, with two top teams receiving prizes!

Event Coordinator: Andy Erickson 759-0732
Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes!

10:30 AM ROCKIN’ PRESCHOOL DANCE PARTY!
Durango Public Library – 1900 E 3rd Ave

“Clap along along if you feel like happiness is the truth, clap along if you know what happiness is to you, clap along if you feel like that’s what you want to do!” Happy! Happy! Happy! Ok, we’re having some fun with this one. Children and their families are invited to come boogie down to their favorite tunes all morning long at the library. Come dressed as your inner rock star ready to dance and giggle! Ages 2-6.

Event Coordinator: Corinna Manion 375-3385
Entry Cost: FREE

NEW EVENT!
11 AM PBS KIDS SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS
La Plata County Fairgrounds Admin Building – 2500 Main

Rocky Mountain PBS will host a screening of exciting be-bop content from PBS Kids that children and families can enjoy before the chili cook-off. Volunteers will be involved to make this a fun and engaging, family friendly event!

Event Coordinator: Debbie Higgs 973-960-2803
Entry Cost: FREE

NEW LOCATION!
11 AM BRING YOUR PARTNER FOOSBALL
The Garage – 121 W 8th St

The smashing, crashing foosball competition returns again this year! Bring your own partner in crime. 32 teams will compete in the bar room. Double elimination until the final team can claim, WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Clinton Holnback 719-649-7263
Entry Cost: $20

Entry Deadline: 30 minutes before event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

11 AM 9 BALL BILLIARD TOURNAMENT
The Garage – 121 W 8th St

SNOWDOWNS Golden Oldie-Now in its 24th year! Double elimination 64 player bracket. Swagalicious T-shirts will be awarded to all participants. Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Clinton Holnback 719-649-7263
Entry Cost: $15
REGISTER ON-LINE HERE
Entry Deadline: 30 minutes before event

Prizes: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Cash prizes

11 AM SNOWDOWN CASTAWAY “FLY FISHING CASTING CONTEST”
Schneider Park – 9th St and Roosa Ave

Hosted by the San Juan Angler. Join us in this fun flycasting contest, where it’s all about precision and distance. Whip that rod….whip it real good! Gear will be provided or you can bring your own. All skill levels and spectators welcome.

Event Coordinator: Cole Glenn 382-9978
Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: 60 minutes before event
Prizes!

NEW TIME!
11 AM SNOWDOWN RC ROCK CRAWL
Kroegers Ace Hardware – 8 Town Plaza

Kids! Come on down to Kroegers and shred a Remote Control Rock Crawler on our crazy course. We will have demo vehicles for you to drive. And the best part? It’s FREE! The course will be open from 11 AM to 1:30 PM. For those who are seasoned RC veterans who can’t drive 55, we will also have a competition on our course for you to run your “Scale” rigs. The competition will start at 2 PM and last until 3 PM.

Event Coordinator: Bob Thom 247-0660
Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: 15 minutes before each competition
Prizes: Tons of fun swag and give-a-ways

NEW TIME!
11:30 AM ROCK THIS WAY
Buckley Park – 1200 Main

Hosted by Celebrating Healthy Communities Coalition. Great fun and hilarity for kids, especially if there is snow or mud! A dirty deeds course over which participants riff obstacles to be climbed, crawled under, crossed, or otherwise negotiated to get through to the finish line. Ages 5-18.

Event Coordinator: Breeah Kinsella 317-8039
Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes!

12 NOON OUTLAW JOSIE PETE GOLF TOURNAMENT

Main Mall Commons – 835 Main
I’m aaahlright, nobody worry about me, ..we LOVE that song from Caddyshack and we have an event that is better than a movie! It’s golfing in Downtown Durango! Costumes and golf make this a “don’t miss” SNOWDOWN favorite. Whether you’re playing or being part of the rowdy gallery, it is a guaranteed fun time. Each hole is located in a different downtown establishment and created by some of the hottest course designers in Durango. Spectate at one of these locations: Palace Restaurant, Joel’s Bar, Derailed Pour House, Starlight Lounge, El Moro, El Rancho, The Elks Lodge, The Diamond Belle Saloon, Steamworks, Father’s Daughters Pizza, Gazpacho’s, The Red Snapper, Wild Horse Saloon, The Balcony, Olde Tymers, The Rochester Hotel, Cuckoo’s, Fired Up Pizza and more! Watch for a full list of participating business’ and registration information at www.SNOWDOWN.org. Teams meet at the Main Mall at 11:30 AM in costume to get scorecards and assignments before the shotgun start at NOON. Bring your own putter and golf ball.

Event Coordinators: Joe Leder, Jenna Black 749-8655
Entry Cost: $75 per team of 4

Entry Deadline: Pre-registration required, go to www.SNOWDOWN.org for more information
Prizes: Best Hole, Best Caddy and Best Costume. The winning costumed team is automatically eligible for the 2021 Tournament

12 NOON BOOK GEEK GAMES
Maria’s Bookshop – 960 Main

Livin’ on a prayer to out-geek the other book nerds in town? Test your bookishness at the 8th Annual Maria’s Bookshop Book Geek Games! All ages welcome!

Event Coordinator: Sara Knight 247-1438
Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: 15 minutes before event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd


NEW TIME!

12 NOON – 7 PM HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW Y(OUR) WINE?
Four Leaves Winery – 528 Main

Come in between NOON & 7 PM and receive 4 samples of white and red wine. Identify 3 of the 4 samples using our description menu and win a coupon for a FREE glass of wine! Correctly identify all 4 and win a FREE bottle of wine! Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Dean Fagner 403-8182
Entry Cost: $6 per person
Prize: Wine!


12 NOON – 2 PM SNOWDOWN CHILI COOK-OFF
La Plata County Fair Grounds Exhibition Hall – 2500 Main

Make sure you’re ready to chow down on some delicious red and green chili, salsa and vegetarian chili. Brews and soft drinks will be available for those of you who have the burnin’ love of chili that hurts so good! Judging begins at 10:30 AM. Tasting samples on sale at NOON with all proceeds supporting SNOWDOWN! Groupies can vote for the people’s choice award. Prizes awarded at 2 PM. Best Red Chili, Best Green Chili, Best Vegetarian Chili and Best Salsa. Rules and registration can be found at www.SNOWDOWN.org.
Event Coordinator: Greg Yucha 382-0788

Entry Cost: FREE to enter, 50 cent samples open to public

Entry Deadline: 7 AM day of event, see www.SNOWDOWN.org for registration

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd each category

12 NOON – 2 PM SNOWDOWN BLOODY MARY CONTEST
LA Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall – 2500 Main

Those who lay claim they rock the best Bloody Mary’s like a hurricane…bring it on! The Bloody Mary Contest takes place during the SNOWDOWN Chili Cook-Off. Vodka, cups and ice, ice baby will be provided. Contestants bring the rest to prepare their Bloody Mary’s and decorate their booth AND themselves. Costumes are encouraged! Each team will receive ½ of a table to decorate, then prepare and serve Bloody Mary’s from NOON until 2 PM. Rules and registration can be found at www.SNOWDOWN.org.

Event Coordinator: Greg Yucha 382-0788

Entry Cost: Free to enter, $1 samples

Entry Deadline: 9 AM day of event, see www.SNOWDOWN.org for registration
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd – Professional and Amateur in each category, swag for contestants!

1 PM CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT
American Legion Post 28 – 878 E 2nd Ave

Attention all Cornholers! The ever popular cornhole tournament returns! Try to totally eclipse bean bags through the holes in the wooden platform. ACA Rules will govern all scoring and outcomes. 32 teams in brackets – single elimination. Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Steve Frost 247-1590

Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: Friday Jan 31
Prizes: 1st & 2nd


1 PM CAT YOGA
1309 E 3rd Ave – Rm #15

Join some of the La Plata County Humane Society’s adoptable kitties for a special stray cat strut yoga class! All ages and skill levels welcome. Space is limited so you must RSVP to j.marie.pace@gmail.com. Proceeds benefit the La Plata County Humane Society and SNOWDOWN.

Event Coordinator: Jess Pace 615-294-2049
Entry Cost: $15 suggested donation

Entry Deadline: Pre registration required

1 PM CANINE FASHION SHOW
McDonald’s Parking Lot – 201 W College Dr

Who let the dogs out? Who? Who? Who? We’re HOWLING just thinking about this hilarious, family friendly event! Bring your best furry friend, borrow someone else’s or nothin’ but a hounddog and show off your creativity! Dress alike, theme related and silliest!

Event Coordinator: Kathy Bowser 247-3986 or 247-2446
Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: 30 minutes before event
Prizes: Trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd bad to the bone pooches in EACH category!

1 PM HUMAN FOOSBALL

Animas Brewing Co – 1560 E 2nd Ave
Hosted by the Southwest Center for Independence. Get your kicks (not on Route 66) with this hilarious game of Human Foosball! Teams of five swinging players 18 and over. This will be a tournament style event.

Event Coordinators: Ruthie Uhl, Patrick Davis 903-5880
Entry Cost: $35 per team of 5

Entry Deadline: day of event at Animas Brewing Company beginning at 11:30 or email ruthie@swilc.org for pre-registration information
Prizes: 1st & 2nd

NEW TIME!
1 PM HULA HOOP CONTEST
Gazpacho Restaurant – 431 E 2nd Ave

“Hula Hoop! Hula Hoop! Anyone can play from 3, to 110! From Bayfield, to Purgatory, from Gem Village to Durango, everyone is playing with the Hula Hoop!” Spin it like a record, baby!

Event Coordinator: Al Librande 749-3331
Entry Cost: FREE
Prizes!

1 PM SNOWDOWN KIDS & TEEN FOLLIES – BEST OF SHOW
Durango Arts Center Theater – 802 E 2nd Ave

(see WEDNESDAY 4:30 PM for details)

1:15 PM BROOMBALL TOURNAMENT
Chapman Hill Ice Rink – 500 Florida Rd

If you come from the streets like me, put your brooms up!
If you rep your city like me, put your brooms up!
If you put in work like me, put your brooms up!

Coed single-elimination 6-on-6 tournament! “Official Broomball” equipment is required. Bring or ride your own wood handled straw broom and protective gear with non-abrasive shoe soles. Teams must provide their own helmets. Complete rosters are due when payment is made. NO ALCOHOL! Citations will be given to violators. Awards ceremony following the tournament. Must be 18+.

Event Coordinator: Matt Morrissey 375-7395
Entry Cost: $60 per team
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd


1:30 PM LIMBO HOW LOW CAN YOU GO
Gaspacho Restaurant – 431 E 2nd Ave

Hosted by Lou’s Bed & Breakfast. Rock those Apple Bottom jeans, with the fur, don’t hit the floor and get low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low!

Event Coordinator: Emma Lou Librande 769-3332
Entry Cost: FREE
Prizes!

NEW EVENT!
1:30 PM ROOTS TO RANCHES SCREENING AND PANEL: “A CELEBRATION OF RANCHING, HUNTING, AND FORAGING IN OUR REGIONAL FOOD CULTURE”
La Plata County Fairgrounds Admin Building – 2500 Main

Once your belly is full of chili and bloody’s, why not stay a while? On Saturday afternoon RMPBS will be hosting a premiere screening of Roots to Ranches, a new cooking show on PBS hosted by Southern-raised, Denver-based chef Elise Wiggens. Directly following the screening there will be a panel discussion celebrating the influences of ranching, hunting, and foraging in home cuisine and local food culture, including information from La Plata County extension and other community partners on how home cooks can turn their hobbies into cottage-food businesses in the Western Slope.

Event Coordinator: Debbie Higgs 973-960-2803
Entry Cost: FREE

NEW EVENT!

2 – 3 PM SNOWDOWN RC ROCK CRAWL – “SCALE” RIGS COMPETITION

Kroegers Ace Hardware – 8 Town Plaza

(see SATURDAY 11 AM for details)

NEW EVENT!
2 PM BATTLE OF THE HANDS TEXT OFF
The Mac Ranch – 1063 Main

TEXTING rock stars unite! The Mac Ranch is turning it up to 11 with the Battle of the HANDS Text Off where participants will put their texting skills to the test with various challenges including an epic Journey through an obstacle course, blindfolded on the Dark Side of the Moon, and more. Bring your whole Motley Crüe down to The Mac Ranch, along with your smartphones, and you’ll be judged on speed and accuracy, as well as your knowledge of text speak – such as TD2M – ‘Talk Dirty To Me’ and URA* – ‘You Are a Star.’ A special “Keith Richards” round will be held for all of those text rockers over age 65. Must be 12+.

Event Coordinator: Heather Campbell 769-4135
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: 30 minutes before event
Prizes: 1st & 2nd in each age category (12-18, 19-64, 65+)

NEW TIME!
2 PM OUTHOUSE STUFFING
Gazpacho Restaurant – 431 E 2nd Ave

You say it’s urgent so urgent, just wait and see how much fun outhouse stuffing can be? How many of your fellow flexible friends can you stuff in an outhouse in 2 minutes! Don’t worry, the outhouse won’t take your breath away and has been specially cleaned for this one-of-a-kind event! Can you stay in there with the door shut for 10 whole seconds? Amazing lung capacity will leave you on a high note. Beat the record and get an atta-boy! Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Matt 749-3977
Entry Cost: FREE
Prizes!

3 PM QUAFFING COMPETITION
11th Street Station – 1101 Main

Have a drink on me and get ready to chug-a-lug! Using Ernie’s custom bowling lane tables, enter your 4-person team in 2020’s après ski-style table sliding beer extravaganza! See coordinator for rules. Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Carmen Drulis 749-7204
Entry Cost: $40 per team
Prizes: 1st – $25 Ernie’s Gift card per team member & swag, 2nd – $20 Ernie’s Gift card per team member & swag, 3rd – $15 Ernie’s Gift card per team member & swag

NEW EVENT!
3 – 5 PM SCOUTS ROCK!
First Presbyterian Church of Durango – 1159 E 3rd Ave

Hosted by Scouts BSA Troop 501 – celebrating 82 years in Durango! This is your backstage pass to FAMILY FUN for all of your groupies! Get the band together and head outside for a rockin’ winter adventure! The set list includes snow, sleds, skillz, and songs. Parents must remain with their children during the event (sorry, no drop-offs). All ages welcome!

Event Coordinator: Kenn Bates 426-2057
Entry Cost: FREE

4 PM JOSIE PETE’S GOLF TOURNAMENT – AWARD PARTY
Durango Elks Lodge – 901 E 2nd Ave

(see SATURDAY 12 NOON for details)

NEW EVENT!
4 – 6 PM FAMILY SOCK HOP
First Presbyterian Church 1159 E 3rd Ave

Family friendly “Sock Hop”! A dance party for your whole family! Boogie woogie til you just can’t boogie no more! (Well, until 6 PM anyway) All ages welcome!
Event Coordinator: Beau T Smith 247-3175
Entry Cost: FREE

4 PM SNOWDOWN FASHION DO’S & DON’TS VIDEOCAST
Animas City Theatre – 128 E College Dr

Didn’t get tickets to SNOWDOWN’S Premier Fashion Luncheon? Do you work on Wednesday and always miss out on the fun? Come see the Fashion Show Replay on the big screen! The rest of us have already seen it but as they say, our old news is your new news! As an added bonus, some of the runway models may make an appearance! Tickets will go on sale at the Animas City Theatre box office at NOON on Saturday Jan 18 for 60 minutes, the remaining tickets will be available online at animascitytheatre.com until Sold Out. Get them before they’re gone!

Event Coordinator: Michele Redding 799-2281
Entry Cost: $10

5 PM SEARCH FOR THE SILVER BULLET – AWARD CEREMONY

Joel’s Bar – 119 W 8th St

(see ALL WEEK for details)


6 PM NINTENDO MARIO KART 64
Starlight Lounge – 937 Main

Use those mad gaming skills that you have wasted hours over the years acquiring (and will never get back) to drive a pretend go-cart. If you can’t drive 55 and have a need for speed, you’re destined to be the survivor. Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Matthew McDermott 880-0214
Entry Cost: FREE
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd – Bar tabs!

NEW TIME!
6:30 PM CARDS AGAINST SNOWDOWN
VFW – 1550 Main

A Cards Against Humanity tournament! Cards Against Humanity is decribed at a party game for horrible people. “It’s as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.” (That right there makes us want to be first at the door!) This is sure to be a laugh until your cheeks hurt event! See Coordinator for additional rules. Must be 18+.

Event Coordinator: Hop Phelps 382-8247
Entry Cost: $5

Entry Deadline: 30 minutes before event
Prizes: Distributed to the top three players at the finals table, or any way the judges see fit

7 PM COSTUME CONTEST & DANCE PARTY
The Powerhouse – 1333 Camino del Rio

Rock out as your favorite musician in this crazy fun costume contest! Boogie down to live music and dress up to win prizes in four categories. Registration is from 7-8 PM. Winners announced at 8:30 PM.

Event Coordinator: Charlotte Ford 315-0589
Entry Cost: $5
Prizes: Prizes awarded to Most Rockin’, Least Rockin’, Best Group Costume & Most Outrageous. Grand prize is awarded to Most Rockin’.

7:30 PM SNOWDOWN FOLLIES
Live at both: Henry Strater Theater – 699 Main and Durango Arts Center Theater – 802 E 2nd
(see FRIDAY 7:30 PM for details)

7:30 PM SNOWDOWN FOLLIES VIDEOCAST
Animas City Theatre – 128 E College Dr

(see FRIDAY 7:30 for details)

NEW EVENT!
8 PM LIFE SIZED HUNGRY HIPPOS
DoubleTree Ballroom – 501 Camino del Rio

Welcome to the Jungle! Think of the game hungry hippos, but you are the hippo (you know you’ve always wanted to be one!) Grab up to 99 balloons while your teammate sends you into the pile and pulls you back out on a scooter. Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Kristin Nielsen 382-3910
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes!

8 PM GUINNESS GAMES – YAHTZEE!
The Irish Embassy Pub – 900 Main

Yahtzee – “The Fun Game That Makes Thinking Fun!” You need to roll the dice cause this is your one true sacrifice. It never gets old! Players compete individually or on teams of 4 in case of a large turnout. Be on time and be ready to play! No sign up required. Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Sarah Donaldson 403-1200
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

8:30 PM BOOTY SHAKING CONTEST
Wild Horse Saloon – 601 E 2nd Ave

One on one shake, shake, shake your booty dance showdown. Bracket stye tournament where the best at moving their booty round, round like a record baby takes it all!

Event Coordinator: Amber Morris 405-245-9968
Entry Cost: $5
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: Best Female, Best Male

9 PM BEST CHEST IN THE WEST
Starlight Lounges – 937 Main

Guys and gals!! If you’re chest-worthy and want to ‘rack’ up some prizes, hit us with your best shot and show us what you’ve got! Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Matthew McDermott 880-0214
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Bar tab

10 PM SNOWDOWN FOLLIES – SECOND SATURDAY PERFORMANCE
Live at both: Henry Strater Theater – 699 Main and Durango Arts Center Theater – 802 E 2nd
(see FRIDAY 7:30 PM for details)

10 PM SNOWDOWN FOLLIES VIDEOCAST
Animas City Theatre – 128 E College Dr

(see FRIDAY 7:30 PM for details)

10 PM KARAOKE CONTEST
8TH Avenue Tavern – 509 E 8TH Ave

(See THURSDAY 10 PM for details)

NEW TIME!
11 PM ROCK AND ROLL COSTUME GALA
Derailed Pour House – 725 Main

If all you wanna do is dance…come show off your rockin’ costumes and your best dance moves! Best couple and best solo categories.

Event Coordinator: Grant Gibson 247-5440
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: Cash and swaggerific trophies!

Sunday

7 AM – 12 NOON LA PLATA COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE PANCAKE BREAKFAST & SILENT AUCTION
La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall – 2500 Main

Hosted by La Plata County Search and Rescue. Support Search & Rescue! All you can eat pancakes, ham, eggs, coffee and juice! Come to our breakfast and we’ll come to your rescue!
Event Coordinator: Ron Corkish 946-4437
Entry Cost: $10 Adults, $6 Children (7-12), Under 6 FREE

8 AM SNOWDOWN BALLOON RALLY & MASS ASCENSION
HWY 550 N, N Side of Hermosa Meadows Rd (Park at Animas Valley Elem. School)

(see SATURDAY 8 AM for details)

NEW TIME!
9 AM 3-ON-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Durango Recreation Center – 2700 Main

(see SATURDAY 9 AM for details)

10 AM SNOWDOWN ROCK N’ ROLL WORSHIP SERVICE
First Presbyterian Church – 1159 E 3rd Ave

SNOWDOWN Rock n’ Roll Worship Service. “All you need is love, love. Love is all you need.” All ages welcome!
Event Coordinator: Beau T Smith 247-3175

Entry Cost: FREE

NEW TIME!
10 AM SNOWDOWN TRUCK PULL
Illete Fitness – 659 Tech Center Dr

Truck Yeah! Teams and Individuals will compete to pull a truck, hand over hand, 100 feet! Prizes will be awarded for fastest male, female and team. Must be 18+.
Event Coordinator: Drew Malhmood 505-947-4868
Entry Cost: $5 per person
Entry Deadline: 60 minutes before event

PRIZES: Prizes will include awesome gear and a cash split of entry fees!

11 AM 8 BALL BILLIARDS TOURNAMENT
The Garage – 121 W 8th St

Now in its 2th year! Double elimination tournament with up to 64 players. Pick your own music on our Jukebox and rock into the afternoon. Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Clinton Holnback 719-649-7263
Entry Cost: $15 per player
REGISTER HERE ON-LINE
Entry Deadline: Time of event

Prizes!


12:30 PM TEXAS HOLD EM POKER TOURNAMENT
Starlight Lounge – 937 Main Ave

Every gambler knows Poker! “You got to know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em, Know when to walk away and know when to run.” Must be 21+.
Event Coordinator: Rick Carney 749-7231
Entry Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes!

2 PM SNOWDOWN SLOWDOWN SUPERBOWL 54 PARTY
Derailed Pour House – 725 Main Ave

“It’s just another tequila sunrise. This old world still looks the same…” So kick those dancing shoes off and unwind in the most comfortable Super Bowl watching places in town! With The Hair of the Dog being served and 9 big screens, giveaways and prizes, it’s an after party you can’t pass up. Even if you’re only in it for the commercials! Must be 18+.
Event Coordinator: Lisa Gibson 247-5440
Entry Cost: FREE
Prizes!

4:20 PM BUILD A BONG – AWARDS

Prohibition Herb – 1185 Camino del Rio

(see ALL WEEK for details)

 


A Brief History of Snowdown:

Every culture and society has its own “creation” myth or story.
This is ours…

…A long time ago back in 1979, the Land of Durango was covered in winter’s darkness and the People and Commerce were depressed.
A great lament was heard throughout the Land, as the days were short and bore little fruit.

And so it came to pass one dark day The Founder John Murrah
(the man who originally came up with the idea), heard this hue and cry.

He enjoined the Lords of Business (DACRA, as it was then known) and the Lords of Information Dissemination (The Durango Herald) that a winter celebration would bring Enterprise to the land and raise up the people in their time of need.
And so it came to pass that the Lords agreed and they seeded the project with $2,000 from The Durango Herald.

But a Celebration such as this requires more than a Founder to get started, and so a Great Coordinator was to be found, one to spread the word among the People.
And so it came to pass that Terry Fiedler was hired at $1,000 that first year to organize the project
(but to be paid only after all expenses were recouped).
The Coordinator’s word was good and jollity, commerce and mirth spread among the people.
And so it came to pass that SNOWDOWN survived and continued into subsequent years and Fiedler usually volunteered his time, occasionally relieved by others (which helped a lot). All was good in the land.

It came to pass that SNOWDOWN became well known, even beyond the borders of the Land.
SNOWDOWN then became a non-profit corporation.

The Great Coordinator and his Disciples (all the volunteers that believe in SNOWDOWN) decided that Fun should be the guiding light,
so to speak, and that SNOWDOWN should be independent from the Lords of Business.

Although the People could see the Light at the end of the tunnel and the Land prospered, the Lords of Business said “Nay”.
A great battle ensued and much thunder and bluster was heard throughout the Land
(the debate created a lot of hot air, which helped sell the paper).

Finally, a compromise was reached and the Lords of Business and the Great Coordinator and his disciples determined to rule jointly in peace.

And so it came to pass that a SNOWDOWN Board of Directors was created.
The original appointments to The Board of Directors of SNOWDOWN were three individuals selected by DACRA,
three individuals from the planning Committee, and three chosen by the current Board.

Under the current By-Laws, new members are elected by the current Board of Nine.

And so it came to pass that once again all was good in the Land.

The Great Coordinator smiled…. the People frolicked….. and the Lords prospered.

So SNOWDOWN continues to this day to bring Fun and increased Commerce & Tourism to Durango.

 

History provided by snowdown.org

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