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!
Snowdown 2020 Events
Durango Downtown is your source for planning your 2020 Snowdown! If you decide to enter an event, be sure to check Snowdown.org to see if you need to register ahead of time. Or click through to check out the venues and event pages.
HAPPENING ALL WEEK
Stay tuned for more events posted here as they are released!
SNOWDOWN LIGHT PARADE
OUTLAW JOSIE PETE’S GOLF TOURNAMENT
Main Mall Commons-835 Main Ave
Animas Wine & Spirits, The Bookcase & Barber
What could be more fun than golfing dressed up as your favorite Rock’n Roll hero? This is golfing in amped up SNOWDOWN form! Over the top costumes + golf make this event a SNOWDOWN favorite! Each hole is located in a different downtown establishment and are created by some of the most talented golf hole designers in Durango. Download more info here PDF
Meet at 11:30 AM
wearing your most bad ass Rock n Roll costume to get your scorecards and assignments for the shotgun start at NOON.
Bring your own putter and golf ball.
Golfers will be in the hundreds, roaming through the streets of Durango. Spectators can catch a glimpse of the action at these locations: Carver’s Brewing, The Palace, The Balcony, The Irish Embassy, The Diamond Belle, Steamworks, Joel’s, The Elks Lodge, Derailed Pour House, Moe’s Lounge, Gazpacho, The Red Snapper, Durango Craft Spirits, Wild Horse Saloon, 2nd Ave. Deli, Olde Tymers, El Rancho, Father’s Daughters Pizza, Cuckoos, The Roost, The Garage, Fired Up Pizza
& Ernies 11th Street Station and more.
Joe Leder,Tom Cooper, Beau & Jenna Black
firstname.lastname@example.org, Animas Wine & Spirits- 385-9463
$75.00 a team, must be 21+ to play.
Entry forms must be postmarked or dropped off at Animas Wine & Spirits by Friday, December 27th.
Snowdown Bloody Mary Contest
Fairground Exhibit Hall with the Chili Cook-Off
Saturday of Snowdown
10 – 11 am
12 – 2 pm
Sat 10:30 am
Judge’s choice overall:
1st : $250 | 2nd: $100 | 3rd: $50
1st, 2nd, 3rd (Prizes vary)
Spiciest, best garnish, best costume, most unique
It’s first-come first-serve.
Additional questions, please contact:
Dusty Grannis: email@example.com or 970-799-1681 (text is fine).
Snowdown Chili Cook-Off
Fairground Exhibit Hall with the Bloody Mary Contest
Saturday of Snowdown
Preparation and booth set up
7:00 – 11:30 am
Open to the public for samples
Noon – 2 pm
Sat 10:00 am
There will be official blind judging for the following categories with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd:
Vegetarian – Turn in 10:30 am
Green Chili – Turn in 11:00 am
Traditional Red Chili – Turn in 11:30 am
Homestyle Red Chili – Turn in 11:45 am
Attendants can vote for overall People’s Choice in RED and GREEN Chili only.
People Choice Prizes are donated from local businesses and will be given out for: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for Red and Green Chilies. Please note that all red chilies will be placed into one category for People’s Choice.
Other categories and random prizes will be given out throughout the event.
Categories and Judging:
- Contestants can enter one or all 4 categories if they chose. However, they can only enter into each category once.
- Vegetarian chilies can either be red or green, but must be completely vegetarian.
- Green chili can contain beans, pasta, corn and any other fillers.
- Traditional Red Chili must follow the International Chili Society standards for red chili.
- Please note that chilies that are disqualified for Traditional Red Chili will be automatically entered in the Homestyle Red Category.
- Homestyle Red Chili can contain beans, corn pasta and anything that makes chili unique to Durango.
Salsas may be made of any ingredient, including canned ingredients. They may be cooked or uncooked and may be prepared off site. Contestants can make as much or as little salsa as they would like. Additional salsa should be provided to guests free-of-charge.
- Contestants wishing to participate in the salsa contest should provide their salsa to the public with chips no later than 10:00 am.
- Contestants must provide chips or tortillas to serve with salsa.
- All of the cooks will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite salsa between 10:00 am and noon.
- Voting ballots must be turned in by 12:00.
- Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at 2 pm.
- Prizes for salsa will be various gift certificates from local businesses.
- Any leftover salsa should be provided to guests free-of-charge
- There will be no official judging of salsa this year and the cooks will determine the winners.
- Set up and Cooking will begin at 7:00am Saturday of Snowdown Weekend.
- One 3’ X 8’ serving table, one 3’ X 8’ preparation table and 2 chairs will be provided.
- A minimum of 3 (three) gallons of chili must be prepared; we are encouraging contestants to make 5 gallons. Anticipate around 3,000 people at the event. Chili tasting cups are sold to the public as a fundraiser for Snowdown. Contestants must hand out 1½ oz. samples to guests from noon – 2:00 pm, 1½ oz. ladles will be provided.
- Each team is limited to turning in one chili per category.
- Each contestant will be furnished with an official judging cup for submitting their entry. Each judging cup will have a concealed numbered ticket attached with a matching numbered ticket to be removed and retained by the cook. Winners will be announced by number. This is a totally blind judging.
- Kitchen facilities are not available for contestants. Water is available for cooking and cleanup. All booths must provide their own means of cooking (propane, Coleman stoves, etc.) Electricity is available, but you must furnish your own extension cords. All extension cords must be duct-taped down.
- ALL PROPANE MUST BE IN A 1 POUND SMALL GREEN CONTAINER OR A 12 POUND WHITE CONTAINER – WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE LARGE WHITE 5 GALLON PROPANE TANKS INDOORS. LARGE 5 GALLON PROPANE TANKS ARE ALLOWED, BUT YOU MUST COOK OUTSIDE.
- Traditional Red Chili must follow the modified International Chili Society rules below.
- Homestyle Red Chili and Green Chili may contain any combinations of meats, chili, peppers, spices and other ingredients. Beans, tomatoes, etc. are welcome and can be precooked or canned.
- Meat can be precooked; however, you must mix and cook the chili at the Fairgrounds.
- Each contestant is responsible for delivering his/her cup, filled to the bottom of the cup rim, to the chief judge in the judging area at the required time.
- Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at 2:00 pm.
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