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Best Fundraise: Mustache Ride

2015 Mustache Riders parade around McKnight's Irish Pub

Steamboat’s top fundraising event turns quite a few heads every year on the first day of October.

Some people sitting in traffic just don't quite know what to make of the hundreds of mustachioed, costumed bike riders who snake around the city on their way to the next pub.

"It's like Halloween on bikes," Mustache Ride co-founder Nate Bird explains. "It's turned into this giant party."

Over the last five years, the event has raised more than $50,000 for the Routt County Humane Society.

In 2015, the ride raised a total of $12,000 for the good cause.

There's no official headcount at a chaotic event like the Mustache Ride, but Bird estimates it has grown to include 400 to 500 bike riders in recent years.

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"It's almost like another holiday for locals during mud season," Bird says. "We're also starting to see lots of imports from other towns."

The event has gotten so popular, organizers of the pub-crawl this year decided to split up the mass crowd of participants so they wouldn't overwhelm a bar with mustaches all at once.

The Mustache Ride had humble beginning 10 years ago.

"Rob Peterson (winner of this year's best mustache competition) and I said 'let's have a pub crawl on bikes with mustaches," Bird says. "We were a couple of buddies looking to throw a fun party during mud season. We spread the word to our friends and it kind of just snowballed.