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Rotary Club’s annual Barn Dance is ‘for the kids’

Nicole Inglis

The 2009 Community Barbecue & Barn Dance brought a colorful crowd to the horse arena at Sidney Peak Ranch. This year's event starts at 5 p.m. Saturday and will raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs as well as Come Let's Dance.

— The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs' mission covers a vast range of commitments, from supporting the youths of Routt County to a dedication to international service.

And the best way to package that into an annual fundraiser — topped off with a healthy dose of American West culture — is to hold a barn dance that benefits local organizations with wide-reaching impacts.

The fifth annual Community Barbecue & Barn Dance takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Sidney Peak Ranch. For the third year, the event will raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs.

"Rotary is really for the kids," said Tara Weaver, co-chairwoman of the annual Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs fundraiser. "Kids are really important. It's a partnership we want to continue — having the Boys & Girls Club running the activities at the event has been awesome and the partnership is amazing. "

In addition to the Boys & Girls Club, 10 percent of the proceeds will go toward Come Let's Dance, a local nonprofit that helps Ugandans build sustainable lifestyles.

"It was an opportunity to help someone locally and on an international level," Weaver said.

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In the large riding arena at Sidney Peak Ranch, Rex's American Grill & Bar will cater the barbecue dinner. For the children, the Boys & Girls Club has an entire area dedicated to activities like bouncy houses, games with prizes and a fire truck.

Tickets are $35 per person or $70 for families of as many as five (admission for additional children younger than 16 is $10 per child). Tickets are available at Central Park Liquor and the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs.

There's plenty to keep the parents occupied, too, with live music from local country-rock favorites Loose Change and ample room to dance.

The Barn Dance also has a fundraising component different from the typical silent auction. There are several valuable prize packages up for grabs this year, and raffle tickets are $10 each. Weaver said that it's possible to win a prize worth almost $6,000 on one $10 raffle ticket. Fifteen tickets can be purchased for $100.

Raffle prize packages include a gourmet dining package, an all-inclusive trip for four to San Diego, a golf package, a skiing package, a fly-fishing package and more.

"This is a really family-oriented event," Weaver said. "You can bring grandparents, parents and kids."

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email

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