Buttons from past Winter Carnivals are on display at Tread of Pioneers Museum in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Photo by John F. Russell

Buttons from past Winter Carnivals are on display at Tread of Pioneers Museum in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Winter Carnival 2013: History, one button at a time

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The 2013 Winter Carnival button celebrates the event’s 100th anniversary and was designed by Devon Dalzell.

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Buttons from past Winter Carnivals are on display at Tread of Pioneers Museum in downtown Steamboat Springs.

The tradition is not quite as old as Winter Carnival itself, but what better exemplifies the down-home pageantry and annual coming together of community like the small, round buttons unique to each year’s midwinter celebration?

Looking over buttons of Winter Carnivals past is like looking into a window of each era — its style and personality somehow clearly represented in the button designed specifically for that year’s event.

So how best to design a button for a Winter Carnival whose theme is to celebrate all previous Winter Carnivals?

For Steamboat’s Devon Dalzell, it meant going back to the basics. Her 2013 centennial design evokes Steamboat’s Nordic skiing history in the form of a silhouetted ski jumper mid-flight, the spirit of Winter Carnival through a burst of fireworks over Howelsen Hill, and the city’s Western heritage via the use of typefaces that evoke the feel of the Old West.

The Winter Carnival button always has served as a piece of memorabilia as well as an admission ticket to the festivities, but carnival organizers hope this year’s button — and a special medallion version of it — will become truly special keepsakes given the 100th birthday of the event.

The regular button costs $10 and is on sale at the Winter Sports Club office at the base of Howelsen Hill, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s visitors center on Anglers Drive, and at a number of businesses throughout town.

But there’s only one place to get a special cast metal version of this year’s button. The limited edition medallion is available for $100 at the Winter Sports Club office. It’s strung on a length of satin ribbon and comes with a stand for owners to show it off once the 100th Winter Carnival comes and goes. Like the $10 button, the medallion will provide entry to every Winter Carnival event save the Sorel Soiree and the Steamboat Celebration Concert at Strings Music Pavilion on Sunday.

As always, proceeds from button sales go to the Winter Sports Club and help offset the cost of putting on the Winter Carnival. Plus, affixing a button to one’s jacket sends a message of support for one of the community’s longest standing and most treasured events. Who wouldn’t want a piece of that?

2013 Winter Carnival Guide

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