Labor Day weekend full of things to do

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Labor Day weekend typically marks the end of summer. This year, summer is being ushered out with numerous events for all sensibilities and ages at locations including Oak Creek, downtown Steam----boat Springs and the summit of Mount Werner.

"We want to throw a celebration that demonstrates all we have in this community, including what we have on the ground and in the air," said Riley Polumbus, spokeswoman for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort As----sociation.

This year's Labor Day weekend is wrapped around the Great American Wild West Show's first appearance at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in Steamboat.

The Great American Wild West Show is a re-creation of the original Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, featuring trick riders and ropers. The traveling show has been a popular attraction at the National Western Stock Show in Denver for seven years.

"It's a fun way to learn about history," Polumbus said. "The show is family friendly and constant entertainment."

Actors will play Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill. Instead of re-enactments of American Indian massacres that once were a staple in the original Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, the modern program includes a "Tribute to the American Indian," complete with dancers.

The Great American Wild West Show is coming to town at the invitation of F.M. Light and Sons in celebration of the landmark store's 100th birthday.

"This is a tribute to the store's own history and to the history of the West," Polumbus said.

Depending on the audience response to the Great American Wild West Show, Polumbus said the performance could become an annual Labor Day event.

Tickets to the Great Ameri--can Wild West Show are $20 in advance and $10 for children ages 4 to 12 and are available at Steamboat Central Reservations, the Steamboat Chamber Resort Association Visitor Center, Soda Creek Mercantile and F.M. Light & Sons.

Organizers of this year's vintage airplane fly-in at Steamboat Springs Airport decided to use the name Wild West Air Fest for their event to incorporate it into the larger Labor Day celebration.

This year's fly-in is the biggest in the event's history. More than 20 planes are expected to fly into the airport Saturday, including vintage World War II warbirds and the latest in light business-jet technology by Adam Aviation. This year's fly-in is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Steamboat Springs Airport.

At 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the airport's runway will be cleared for a remote-controlled airplane demonstration.

Weather permitting, helicopter and vintage airplane rides will be available for $40 to $100, depending on the pilot and distance flown.

Tickets to the Wild West Air Fest are $5 for adults and $2 for children and can be purchased at the gate. Parking is limited at the airport, and attendees are asked to take a free shuttle that will run every 15 minutes from the Stock Bridge Transit Center on U.S. Highway 40 and the TIC parking lot on Routt County Road 129.

While the airport and the rodeo arena are buzzing, the base of Steamboat Ski Area will be just as happening because of the last concert in the Free Summer Concert Series. Alternative country rock band Cracker takes the stage at the Headwall ski trail at 3:30 p.m. Latin rock band deSoL opens at 2 p.m. While the band plays, as many as 30 local hang gliders and paragliders are scheduled to launch from the top of Mount Werner.

"This is our final official weekend of the summer," Polumbus said. "It's great to celebrate with a lot going on to show how versatile our events can be."

-- To reach Autumn Phillips call 871-4210

or e-mail aphillips@steamboatpilot.com

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