Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. baker Jean Wernig again created a gingerbread house, which is on display in the front window at Steamboat Ski & Sport downtown in Howelsen Place.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. baker Jean Wernig again created a gingerbread house, which is on display in the front window at Steamboat Ski & Sport downtown in Howelsen Place.

Merry Mainstreet adds parade

Holiday celebration includes caroling, Santa, contests

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If you go

What: Merry Mainstreet holiday celebration

When: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Downtown Steamboat Springs

Cost: Free

Call: Tracy Barnett at 846-1800

About 65 hours of baking and decorating went into Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. baker Jean Wernig’s entry in the second annual Merry Mainstreet gingerbread house contest.

One of five submissions in the contest, Wernig’s self-described “Doctor Seuss, Mad Hatter design” is on display in the front window of Steamboat Ski & Sport at Lincoln Avenue and Seventh Street.

Voting for a community choice gingerbread house is one of several festivities featured in this year’s Merry Mainstreet from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday on Lincoln Avenue. Mainstreet Steamboat Springs organizes the event.

The motivation behind the festival is to “get people downtown shopping, get them familiar with what there is downtown, and just to have a holiday celebration where everybody comes together and gets in the spirit of things,” Mainstreet Manager Tracy Barnett said.

New to the event is a parade featuring the Steamboat Springs High School football team, the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs, Routt County Riders, and about a dozen other local organizations. Santa will be at the end, pulled by a hydrogen-powered Hummer. The procession starts at 4 p.m.

Merry Mainstreet is an hour earlier this year to accommodate families with young children who want to visit Santa, Barnett said.

Also new to the second annual event is the Joyous Jaunt, a restaurant crawl including seven downtown venues. Participants may visit any of the seven venues to pick up an entry form for a 7 p.m. drawing for restaurant gift certificates at Old Town Pub. Each of the participating bars — Harwigs, Mazzola’s Italian Restaurant, Cugino’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant, Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 8th Street Steakhouse, The Boathouse Pub and Old Town Pub — will offer a holiday drink special, Barnett said.

Downtown retailers will hold open houses during the holiday celebration, some of them featuring special prices and refreshments.

There will be carolers circulating through the celebration, and holiday music will be pumped into the street, Barnett said. Many participating businesses have put up holiday displays for a window decoration contest.

Tahnee Miller, a pharmacist and owner at Lyon’s Corner Drug & Soda Fountain, said she and store employee Monica Yager came up with the store’s display featuring a re-creation of the Wurtlitzer jukebox that stands at Lyon’s soda fountain. Winners of the window decoration and gingerbread house contests will be announced in the Steamboat Today the week after Merry Mainstreet, Barnett said.

Lincoln Avenue will be closed from Fifth to 11th streets from just before the parade until just after Merry Mainstreet, Barnett said.

— To reach Margaret Hair, call 871-4204 or e-mail mhair@steamboatpilot.com

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