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Nordic Festival is Saturday in Steamboat

Ski Touring Center event raises money for scholarships

— It will be all fun and games Saturday at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center.

Birgitta Lindgren, owner of the Ski Touring Center, will host the ninth annual Nordic Festival, which is a celebration of Nor­dic skiing in the Yampa Valley.

The festival begins at 10 a.m. with open skiing, games and activities. Ad­­mis­sion to the Nordic Festi­val is by donation. There is an $8 charge for the pig roast lunch, with sides prepared and donated by local businesses. The money raised goes to the Hakan Memorial Scholarship, which provides two $750 scholarships each year for selected Steam­boat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes. The winners of this year's scholarships (one goes to a Nordic combined skier, the other to a cross-country skier) also will be announced Saturday.

Among the past winners is Nordic combined Olympian Tay­lor Fletcher, who won the scholarship twice.

"Birgitta has always been there to support Nordic skiing and Nordic athletes," Fletcher said. "This event is a lot of fun, and it's a great opportunity to get out and celebrate the winter and our sport."

Games will include the popular Wiley E. Coyote Chase, where children try to pull a tail off of an adult skier; Frisbee contests; an obstacle course; and the always challenging bicycle bumps.

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Hopefully, it will be sunny Saturday to fit this year's Nordic Festival theme, "Vikings on the Beach." Lindgren encourages everyone to dress up for the event by offering prizes for best individual and family costume. A season pass to the Ski Touring Center awaits the winners of the costume contests.

This year, Fletcher and fellow Olympians Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane are expected to be on hand to sign autographs.

If you go

What: Ninth annual Nordic Festival

When: 10 a.m. Saturday; lunch is at noon.

Where: Steam­boat Ski Touring Center

Cost: Admission is by donation. The pig roast lunch is $8 per person.

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