Fifth annual Nordic Fest is today

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— The Steamboat Ski Touring Center today will host the fifth annual Nordic Fest, a benefit event to raise money for the Hakan Memorial Scholarship.

The event, which starts at 10 a.m. at the Touring Center, will feature several family and children's events as well as lunch.

Admission to the Nordic Fest is by donation. The pig roast lunch is $8 for all you can eat. Children's meals are $5.

The Nordic Fest raises money for Nordic skiers in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Two $750 scholarships will be given away today to two Winter Sports Club members to help aid in the costs of training, traveling and equipment.

"It's really to support the kids," said Birgitta Lindgren, owner and operator of the Touring Center. "We were all ski racers in our day and I want to put my effort back into it."

The event will start with the Optimist Wiley E. Coyote Chase, an event where children try to take a tail off of an adult skier. Then - snow permitting - the highlight of the Nordic Fest, the Bicycle Bumps snow race, will take place. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. followed by the presentation of the scholarships.

There will also be Frisbee contests and skiing obstacle courses.

Every year the Nordic Fest has a Viking theme, with this year's being the international Viking.

Prizes will be given away for the best individual and family costume. Winners of the costume cost will win a season pass to the Ski Touring Center next year.

Also, people who donate more than $50 will receive a free pair of SmartWool socks.

"I think what we want to encourage is this is for the entire family," Lindgren said. "It's a good way to end the season. We encourage anyone to come."

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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