Snowboard design contest draws 200 artists

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The third annual Ride Snowboard art competition attracted more than 200 graphic artists from around the world. The number of entries went down from last year, but the quality of art went up.

Fifty of the best entries will be on display tonight at the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 628 Lincoln Ave. An early viewing will take place at 5 p.m. followed by a reception at 10 p.m. with music by DJ Founder and Kat in tha Hat. (They will slide in at about 11 p.m. after they finish opening for KRS-One at Levelz.)

Winners of the competition will be posted tonight for best of show, first, second and third places. Attendees also will get a chance to cast a $1 vote for the "People's Choice" award. The money raised from the voting will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation's Snowrider Project, an educational initiative designed to provide a greater understanding of the hydrologic cycle and foster public stewardship of mountain and downstream watersheds.

Also at tonight's reception, Ride Snowboards will be auctioning off one of the limited edition snowboards featuring last year's winning artwork by Adam Reitz. Money raised from the snowboard auction will go to support ArtLink Steamboat.

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