The Pacific Prowler, a North American B-25 Mitchell Bomber, sits on the tarmac at the Steamboat Springs Airport on Thursday afternoon. The plane flew in earlier this week to be a part of the Labor Day Wild West Air Fest.

Photo by John F. Russell

The Pacific Prowler, a North American B-25 Mitchell Bomber, sits on the tarmac at the Steamboat Springs Airport on Thursday afternoon. The plane flew in earlier this week to be a part of the Labor Day Wild West Air Fest.

What to do this weekend for Sept. 4 to Sept. 7

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Stock Dog Challenge this weekend

The sixth annual Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge brings in border collies from throughout the country this weekend. Marianne Sasak and her dogs show off their skills in preparation for this Labor Day weekend's festivities.

The sixth annual Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge brings in border collies from throughout the country this weekend. Marianne Sasak and her dogs show off their skills in preparation for this Labor Day weekend's festivities.

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"Dreamland Remix" by Dave Gerard

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"Hallelujah" by Bret Mosley

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"Steps to the Top" by Holden Young Trio

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"Pay the Fiddler" by Kort McCumber

Today

— - Come Sale Away Sidewalk Sale - Downtown Steamboat Springs, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs presents a downtown sidewalk sale, with a contest offering $1,000 in downtown shopping sprees at participating stores. Call 846-1800.

- Brown Bag Lecture - Tread of Pioneers Museum, noon

Marsha Daughenbaugh, executive director of the Community Agriculture Alliance and member of a ranching family, presents "The History of Ranching in Routt County, Yesterday and Today," for the Tread's weekly lunchtime lecture series. Admission is FREE; bring a bag lunch. Call 879-2214. Corner of Eighth and Oak streets.

- Steamboat Stage Race - Marabou Ranch, 4 p.m.

The prologue for the Steamboat Stage Race is a technical 4.5-mile biking course. The Stage Race is a four-day event presented by Moots Cycles with races at Marabou, Routt County Road 33A and downtown Steamboat. Go to http://blog.bikesteamboat.com for more information, or contact corey@bikesteamboat.com. Marabou Ranch is about 6 miles west of downtown Steamboat on C.R. 42.

- First Friday Artwalk - Downtown Steamboat Springs, 5 to 8 p.m.

Check out new and updated exhibits from local, regional and national artists, live music and refreshments at this monthly visual arts event. See this week's Explore Steamboat for a list of events at galleries, restaurants, retailers and alternative art venues; locations; and contact information, and go to www.exploresteam

boat.com for a photo gallery of Artwalk artwork. FREE.

- Fourth annual Martini Fest - Thunderhead Red's Bar, 6 to 9 p.m.

Ride to the top of the gondola for live music, martinis, appetizers, prizes for the best-dressed couple and more. A $45 ticket includes gondola ride, one full-size martini, four taster martinis and tapas. Call 871-5150 for reservations. Take the gondola from the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

- Dave Gerard - Hahn's Peak Cafe, 8 p.m.

Gerard plays acoustic music with hints of soul, rock, blues and New Orleans R&B. Listen to "Dreamland Remix," Gerard's retake on a song from his most recent CD release at www.exploresteamboat.com. FREE. Call 871-1495. 61070 Routt County Road 129, north of Clark.

- Holden Young Trio - Colorado Bar & Grill, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Holden Young Trio plays rock music with a sizeable dose of funk and world beats. The show is the first event of Oak Creek's Labor Day weekend celebration. Pay $5 at the door. Listen to a song from Holden Young Trio's "Steps to the Top" at www.exploresteamboat.com. Call 736-0715. 100 E. Main St., Oak Creek.

- Cherry Poppin' Daddies - Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Swing band Cherry Poppin' Daddies took about 10 years off from serious touring after "Zoot Suit Riot," the band's most popular song, helped reintroduce the country to the big band sound. The Eugene, Ore.-based band is back in full swing, with new and old songs at www.myspace.com/cherry

poppindaddies; the group plans to release a 20th anniversary record, "Skaboy JFK: The Skankin Hits of the Cherry Poppin' Daddies," on Sept. 29. Tickets to today's show are $15 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

- One Time - The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

Roots rock with a Southern vibe and lots of jamming. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/wponetime. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. Ski Time Square.

- The Rowdy Shadehouse Funk Band - The Boathouse Pub, 10 p.m.

Get rowdy with this Denver rock- and soul-powered funk music four-piece. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/therowdyshade

housefunkband. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

- DJ Also Starring - The Tap House Sports Grill, 10 p.m.

A weekly dance party features a mash-up of Also Starring's ever-changing record collection along with crowd-pleasing hits. Drink specials at the bar all night: $2 well drinks and $2 draft beer. FREE. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

- Worried Men - Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, 10 p.m.

Steamboat locals and longtime musicians Worried Men play classic rock covers. FREE. Call 879-3773. 435 Lincoln Ave.

- Bret Mosley - Old Town Pub, 10 p.m.

Brooklyn funk, blues and rock musician Bret Mosley combines every facet of Americana music to form rogue stories in song. Mosley's version of "Hallelujah" is streaming at www.exploresteamboat.com, and "Charge," the title track off his most recent record and collaboration with bluesman Jerry Joseph, is at www.bret

mosley.com. FREE. Call 879-2101. 600 Lincoln Ave.

Saturday

- Oak Creek Labor Day weekend events - Oak Creek, starting at 7 a.m.

A pancake breakfast is from 7 to 10 a.m. at Soroco High School; softball tournament starts at 8 a.m. in Decker Park; a class of 1999 reunion with music by Katey Laurel is from 10 a.m. to noon at The Mugshot; a cribbage tournament is at 10 a.m. at the Elks Tavern; and the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg hosts mine tours starting at 10 a.m. from the Tracks and Trails Museum.

In the afternoon, a Kiddie Fun Fair/Free Family Day with children's games, concessions and live music by Cornbread and the Green Ridge Ramblers is from noon to 5 p.m. at Decker Park; bingo is at the Oak Creek Fire Station from 1 to 5 p.m. (cards are 25 cents); and the Oak Creek Coal Queen/Princess crowning is at 3 p.m. at Decker Park.

In the evening, comedian Spencer James performs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Colorado Bar, and The Mud Alley Band plays blues, reggae and rock from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is $20 for comedy and the concert, or $8 for the concert only.

- Sixth annual Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge - Stanko Ranch, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About 65 dogs and 45 handlers compete in retrieving, driving and separating sheep in this three-day competition, with judges observing the dogs' quietness and efficiency. Lunch is available for purchase Saturday through Monday. Admission to the event is FREE; donations will be accepted. Call 879-5214 for more information. The Stanko Ranch is 3.5 miles from Bud Werner Memorial Library on Twentymile Road/Routt County Road 33.

- Steamboat Stage Race - Marabou Ranch, races start at 8 a.m.

The Stage 1 Circuit Race for the Steamboat Stage Race features a 4.5-mile pavement loop. The Stage Race is a four-day biking event presented by Moots Cycles with races at Marabou, Routt County Road 33A and downtown Steamboat. Go to http://blog.bikesteam

boat.com for more information, or contact corey@bikesteamboat.com. Marabou Ranch is about six miles west of downtown Steamboat on C.R. 42.

- Come Sale Away Sidewalk Sale - Downtown Steamboat Springs, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs presents a downtown sidewalk sale, with a contest offering $1,000 in downtown shopping sprees at participating stores. Call 846-1800.

- Mainstreet Farmers Market - Sixth Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Featuring regionally grown produce, arts and crafts, food vendors, local businesses and live music, the Mainstreet Farmers Market takes place every Saturday through Sept. 12. Admission is FREE. Call Tracy at 846-1800.

- Fifth annual Wild West Air Fest - Steamboat Springs Airport, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Enjoy the Wild West Air Fest on the ground or in the air - ride in a helicopter or a B-25 Mitchell Bomber to take in the weekend festival from above, or check out displays of vintage planes, classic cars and remote control airplanes from the Steamboat Springs Airport. The Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum's KidSpace offers hands-on activities and education for children of all ages. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the 2010 Denver Bronco cheerleaders calendar signing. Admission buttons are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and younger; buttons are good through the weekend, and are available at the Steamboat Springs Visitor Center or at the event. Call 879-0880. The Steamboat Springs Airport and Bob Adams Field are at 3495 Airport Circle, about 1.5 miles north on Elk River Road from U.S. Highway 40.

- Second annual Steamboat Open Disc Golf Tournament - Thunderhead Disc Golf Course, 9:30 a.m.

Watch competitors in several divisions take on the 18-hole Thunderhead Disc Golf Course at Steamboat Ski Area. First round tees off at 9:30 a.m., a second round is in the afternoon. The tournament continues on Sunday. For more information, contact Ron Pannesi at 846-5045 or go to steamboat

disc.com.

- Art reception for Nita Naugle - Tracks & Trails Museum in Oak Creek, 4 to 7 p.m.

South Routt artist Nita Naugle is featured through Labor Day weekend on the history museum's Artists Wall, which highlights local artists on a rotating basis. Call 736-8245 for more information. 129 E. Main St. in Oak Creek.

- Cosmic Night and free karaoke - Snow Bowl, 7 p.m.

FREE admission. The bowling alley also hosts "dollar bowling night," with $1 games and $1 PBR, every Tuesday. Call 879-9840. 2090 Snow Bowl Plaza, off U.S. 40 in west Steamboat.

- Roots and Fire - Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Reggae roots music from Boulder. Listen to Roots and Fire at www.myspace.com/rootsandfire. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

- BAFW presents Lower Concentration, Subject to Blackout, DJ Chris Seefeit and DJ Dark Eyes - Old Town Pub, 9 p.m.

Give a send-off to summer with style-unconscious rock from Lower Concentration, punk from Subject to Blackout and dance music from DJs Chris Seefeit and Dark Eyes. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-2101. 600 Lincoln Ave.

- One Time - The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

Roots rock with a Southern vibe and lots of jamming. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/wponetime. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. Ski Time Square.

- Kort McCumber - Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, 10 p.m.

Americana songwriter and storyteller Kort McCumber comes through Steamboat with a new record called "Ain't The Same As Before" and a sound that includes pieces of folk, blues, bluegrass, country and rock. Read an interview with McCumber in this week's Explore Steamboat, and listen to "Pay the Fiddler" from the new CD at www.exploresteamboat.com. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-3773. 435 Lincoln Ave.

- Live DJ - The Tap House Sports Grill, 10 p.m.

Live music. FREE. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

- 66 Days - The Boathouse Pub, 10 p.m.

Irish rebel music. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

Sunday

- Oak Creek Labor Day weekend events - Oak Creek, starting at 7 a.m.

The Oak Creek Labor Day Committee presents a day of family-friendly events: a pancake breakfast is from 7 to 10 a.m. at Soroco High School; and a free fishing derby is from 9 a.m. to noon at Decker Park.

In the afternoon, a live auction is from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Colorado Bar; and The Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg hosts a barbecue and live entertainment at 4 p.m. at Decker Park.

In the evening, a teen dance for $2 or two canned goods is at 7 p.m. at Shorty's Restaurant, and Throwdown - a four-piece classic rock band that plays Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and more - plays for $5 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Colorado Bar.

- Sixth annual Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge - Stanko Ranch, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About 65 dogs and 45 handlers compete in retrieving, driving and separating sheep in this three-day competition, with judges observing the dogs' quietness and efficiency. Lunch is available for purchase Saturday through Monday. Roasted lamb will be served from 1 to 2 p.m. today; a yard sale to benefit the Routt County 4-H Scholarship Fund is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the event is FREE. Call 879-5214 for more information. The Stanko Ranch is 3.5 miles from Bud Werner Memorial Library on Twentymile Road/Routt County Road 33.

- Steamboat Stage Race - C.R. 33A, races start at 8 a.m.

The Stage 2 Road Race for the Steamboat Stage Race is has courses of 55 or 70 miles on climbing terrain. The Stage Race is a four-day event presented by Moots Cycles with races at Marabou, C.R. 33A and downtown Steamboat. Go to http://blog.bikesteam

boat.com for more information, or contact corey@bikesteamboat.com. The course starts six miles west of town on C.R. 33A.

- Come Sale Away Sidewalk Sale - Downtown Steamboat Springs, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs presents a downtown sidewalk sale, with a contest offering $1,000 in downtown shopping sprees at participating stores. Call 846-1800.

- Fifth annual Wild West Air Fest - Steamboat Springs Airport, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Enjoy the Wild West Air Fest on the ground or in the air, and check out displays of vintage planes, classic cars and remote control airplanes from the Steamboat Springs Airport. The Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum's KidSpace offers hands-on activities and education for children of all ages. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the 2010 Denver Bronco cheerleaders calendar signing. Admission buttons are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and younger; buttons are good through the weekend and are available at the Steamboat Springs Visitor Center or at the event. Call 879-0880. The Steamboat Springs Airport and Bob Adams Field are at 3495 Airport Circle, about 1.5 miles north on Elk River Road from U.S. Highway 40.

- 10K at 10,000 Feet - Rabbit Ears Pass, 10 a.m.

The Steamboat Running Series presents 10K and 5K courses for walkers and runners in this 24th annual event. Access a trail on Rabbit Ears Pass by taking the Dumont Lake Road off U.S. Highway 40 over the pass to the Rabbit Ears Monument and parking area. Registration is $20, and is available in advance at www.runningseries.com, or $25 before the race Sunday from 9 to 9:30 a.m., and is open to runners and walkers. Runners start the race at 10 a.m. and walkers start at 10:05 a.m. Contact Steph Scholl at stephscholl@hotmail.com for more information.

- Second annual Steamboat Open Disc Golf Tournament - Thunderhead Disc Golf Course, start time TBA

Watch competitors in several divisions take on the 18-hole Thunderhead Disc Golf Course at the Steamboat Ski Area. First round tees off at 9:30 a.m., a second round is in the afternoon. For more information, contact Ron Pannesi at 846-5045 or go to steamboatdisc.com.

- Fourth annual Downtown Hoedown and Chuck Wagon Chili Challenge - Eighth Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street, noon to 3 p.m.

Contestants in the fourth annual Steamboat Springs chili cook-off compete in five categories - red, green, firehouse or "other" chili, salsa and cornbread - in an event featuring live bluegrass music by 3Wire, food and beverage vendors, and the Boy Scouts' meadow muffin plop. Admission is FREE, and a taster kit including a cup, spoon and unlimited food samples is $5. For more information or to register, call Tracy Barnett of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs at 846-1800, or go to www.mainstreetsteamboatsprings.com.

- Fourth annual Rocky Mountain Bull Bash - Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, 3:30 p.m.

Gates open at 3:30 p.m. for this Professional Bull Riders Event, with the first competition starting at 5 p.m. Learn more about the PBR Copenhagen Bull Riding Challenger Tour at www.pbrnow.com. Call Steamboat Central Reservations at 800-922-2722 for more information and tickets. The rodeo grounds are at Howelsen Parkway and Fifth Street.

- Rhett Akins - Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Mid-1990s country sensation Rhett Akins has been expanding on his pop country sensibilities for almost 15 years; listen to "Down South," a collection of Akins' newest recordings, at www.rhettakins.com. Watch a video of Akins performing "Down South" at www.exploresteamboat.com. Tickets are $30. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

- One Time - The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

Roots rock with a Southern vibe and lots of jamming. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/wponetime. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. Ski Time Square.

- Game night - The Tap House Sports Grill, 10 p.m.

Square off in Nintendo Wii, Guitar Hero and bar games. FREE admission, happy hour drink prices all night. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

Labor Day

- Steamboat Stage Race - Downtown Steamboat, 7:30 a.m.

The Stage 3 Criterium for the Steamboat Stage Race is a timed biking course in downtown Steamboat. The Stage Race is a four-day event presented by Moots Cycles with races at Marabou, Routt County Road 33A and downtown Steamboat. Go to http://blog.bikesteamboat.com for more information, or contact corey@bikesteamboat.com. Oak, Fourth, Pine and Eighth streets will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday for this stage.

- Sixth annual Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge - Stanko Ranch, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About 65 dogs and 45 handlers compete in retrieving, driving and separating sheep in this three-day competition, with judges observing the dogs' quietness and efficiency. Lunch is available for purchase Saturday through Monday. Admissionis FREE. Call 879-5214 for more information.

- Come Sale Away Sidewalk Sale - Downtown Steamboat Springs, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs presents a downtown sidewalk sale, with a contest offering $1,000 in downtown shopping sprees at participating stores. Call 846-1800.

- Oak Creek Labor Day weekend events - Oak Creek, starting at 10 a.m.

Judging of the Labor Day parade line-up is at 10 a.m. at Soroco High School; a parade featuring marshals Bill and Virginia Paxton is at 11 a.m. along Main Street; a junior class lunch is at 1 p.m. at Decker Park; and bingo is from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Oak Creek Fire Station. After the parade, there will be vendors and games in Decker Park, with activities including a horseshoe tournament, a greased pole, the rubber ducky race and a volleyball tournament.

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