Back to the stone age

The weather came through in fine form for “Colorado's Premier Winter Celebration” this weekend as the skies opened up and dropped a blanket of fresh snow on Durango's Snowdown festivities. The action got heated Friday night with participants in the stone-aged Light Parade tossing beads and candy to fake-fur-clad onlookers. The weekend
continued with a multitude of sick and twisted events and competitions including the Outhouse Stuffing contest and the Downhill Kayak Races at DMR. Event organizers didn't forget the younger demographic with a variety of activities including the Snow Games and the Canine Fashion Show.

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The Snowdown Light Parade gets underway with the VW Bug procession along the south end of Main Ave. on Friday night.

Roger Olivier, of the Sand Snappers, hams it up to a laughter-filled crowd during the Follies.

Lee Weinland, of the Hill Stompers, hammers out a phat beat for the pancake breakfast crowd at the fairgrounds.

Griz Kelley works the skillet at the fairgrounds for the pancake breakfast benefitting the La Plata County Search and Rescue.

Gavin Hurd, 6, works his way through the obstacle course at the Snow Games on Saturday.

Kent Ford, left, and Clint Jackson get in the Snowdown spirit during their slalom run at the Rec Center on Sunday morning.

Danny Broughton, of the semi-professional broomball team the Pueblo Steel, attempts a shot on goal from his knees at the Chapman Hill Ice Rink on Saturday morning.

Lad Dickey grimaces as he helps hold the door shut on the port-o-john for team Bob's Johns during the fourth annual Outhouse Stuffing competition held at Gazpacho's.

Lexi DeVargas accepts the trophy for the Best Look Alike category during the Canine Fashion Show.





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