Kayakers crash into Charlie’s Hole after the freestyle rodeo during the Yampa River Festival in Steamboat Springs. Because of its potential to grow, the event could earn $2,000 in special event funding for 2014.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Kayakers crash into Charlie’s Hole after the freestyle rodeo during the Yampa River Festival in Steamboat Springs. Because of its potential to grow, the event could earn $2,000 in special event funding for 2014.

Steamboat City Council to consider approving $100,000 worth of 2014 special event funding

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2014 special event funding allocations

• Pro Rodeo series ($5,000)

• Free summer concert series ($5,000)

• Running series ($5,000)

• Student film festival ($1,000)

• Yampa River Festival/ Paddling Life Open ($2,000)

• Bike Week ($15,000)

• Savor Steamboat ($3,500)

• National Cattle Dog Finals ($5,000)

• Enduro-X Race series ($2,000)

• Tri the Boat Half Ironman and Olympic Triathlon ($5,000)

• Ranch Rodeo and First Round Bull Riding ($5,000)

• Mountain Soccer Tournament ($2,500)

• Wine Festival ($5,000)

• All Arts Festival ($20,000)

• Steamboat Triathlon ($2,250)

• Family Endurance Festival ($5,000)

• Yampa Valley Crane Festival ($4,000)

• Oktoberwest ($5,000)

Total: $97,250

— A small committee comprised of Steamboat City Council members, a lodging representative and a community volunteer recently sat down to embark on a challenging task.

Which of 31 special events in Steamboat, all wanting thousands of dollars, should get some seed money from the city?

At the end of this process, 18 different events benefited including a new ranch rodeo and first-round bull riding series slated for July 3 in Steamboat and a bike week that will coincide with the 2014 International Mountain Biking Association World Summit to be held here in August.

Lindy Schwanke, special events director for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, said the funding decisions were made after a lot of thought.

The Steamboat City Council on Tuesday night will consider approving the funding requests based upon the committee's recommendations.

“We really focused on growing events,” Schwanke said. “The mission is it's seed money to fund events that are going to promote tourism and bring people into town to boost our sales tax. Growth was probably the key” to getting funding.

The Yampa River Festival, for example, was awarded $2,000 by the committee, in part, because of its potential to grow with more paddle boarding events.

But the Wild West Air Fest, which was seeking $5,000, was awarded no special event money because it hasn't shown any signs of growth in recent years and already is established.

Other events that sought funding but won't receive any include the Triple Crown World Series, Run Rabbit Run, the Mud Festivus for the Restivus and the Give it a Tri Triathalon.

Events receiving the most funding include the All Arts Festival ($20,000) and the bike week ($15,000).

Some newer events that will receive funding include the Yampa Valley Crane Festival ($4,000) and the inaugural Student Film Festival at the Chief Theater ($1,000).

Overall, the committee allocated $97,250 in special event funding. It received $188,459 worth of requests.

Other highlights on council's agenda for Tuesday night:

-The council will interview candidates for the new steering committee that will help to oversee the funding of a promenade on Yampa Street. Proponents of the promenade have indicated they want to use the tax money to purchase a lot on Yampa Street and convert it into a park. Following the interviews, the council will appoint the members of the seven-member committee.

-The council will hear a presentation on the master plan for Emerald Mountain Park. The city purchased the 586-acre park from Lyman Orton in 2011. Last year, the city used grant money and hired consultants to develop the master plan for the area.

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