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Looking Back: Three fun-filled days set for Winter Carnival

50 years ago

From the Feb. 6, 1958, edition of the Steamboat Pilot.

From the moment the first skis push off the sparkling snows of Emerald Mountain on Friday until the blaze of the final awards ceremony Sunday night, the 45th annual Winter Carnival will hold the minds and attention of excited throngs, which will bulge Steamboat Springs to bursting over the weekend.

Promptly at 2:30 p.m. Friday, the downhill race will get under way. Then, at 7:30 p.m., with the lights blazing an awesome, ski-coursed pattern on famed Howeslen Hill, skiers will drive fearlessly down the hill in the senior slalom event.

On Saturday morning, carnival events are close-packed and amazingly varied. There is a ladies’ skijoring, a three-legged race, senior and junior cross-country, hurdles, an obstacle race, relay races, ski race, ring and spear, street slalom, and – one of the great carnival attractions – the appearance of the Steamboat Springs high school band, at 11:40 a.m.

In a festive ceremony Saturday night, a festive Carol Sue Stehley will be crowned Winter Carnival queen. This event will signal the beginning of a spectacular night show on Howelsen Hill. Claudius Banks, “the lighted man” from Vernal, Utah, will course down the slopes, making an unbelievable pattern as he goes. Later in the evening, at 9 p.m., a dance is scheduled in the community hall.

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