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Karsten Thompson, left, and Marty Smith try to make it through a gate in 2009 at the kayak slalom during the Yampa River Festival.

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Yampa River Festival in Steamboat returns with full weekend of fun

The unofficial motto for next weekend’s Yampa River Festival might as well be: The Yampa River, it’s not just about kayakers anymore. In an effort to reach groups in town that treasure Steamboat Springs’ second-favorite geographic landmark, festival organizers have branched out this season. The festival kicks off Thursday with a movie at the library.


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