Steamboat briefs for Aug. 28

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Silent auction of Brooks' plaque continues today

Garth Brooks memorabilia still is available to the highest bidder as a fundraiser for 10-year-old Tyler Johnson. Tyler lost his feet and part of his fingers after an illness this summer.

People who are interested in bidding on the plaque, which Brooks will autograph, can bid today at Sears or Friday, Saturday and Sunday at F.M. Light & Sons.

Thaine Mahanna, who runs Sears in Steamboat Springs, bought the plaque at Saturday's silent auction, intending to resell it. The item commemorates the sale of the 7 millionth copy of Brooks' first album.

"It's a very distinguished award," Mahanna said.

The plaque will be moved Sunday to the Rocky Mountain Bull Bash at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, where more bids will be accepted. Part of the proceeds from Bull Bash tickets sold at F.M. Light and Bushwackers will go to Tyler's medical fund. Bull Bash organizers also plan to auction off a poster signed by bull riders and bullfighters, said Del Lockhart of F.M. Light.

"Come in and support Tyler," Lockart said. "It's a great opportunity to raise some more money for him."

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