Steamboat gears up for college week

— Central Park Liquor gets a good share of business when college week comes along in Steamboat Springs, store manager Aimee Kimmey said.

And it's easy to characterize what most of them buy. "Lots and lots of cheap beer and cheap alcohol," Kimmey said.

She said the store will be stocked up on $9 bottles of Barton's vodka and Bud Light and Busch beer for college week, which starts today and runs through next week.

About three or four contributions to the store's infamous fake identification collection, displayed behind the counter, also are expected next week. That's more in a week than the store takes during most months, Kimmey said. Still, she said the college students are welcome and so is their business.

Students, usually on package deals, come from Oklahoma, Texas and the Midwest to ski and have fun is Steamboat. Usually, locals see a couple thousand students in town.

"They come mostly from a lot of regional states," Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said.

The big event for the week is the fourth annual Steamboat MusicFest, presented by Ski Corp. It features some of the top Texas country, blues and rock musicians.

Pat Green and Cory Morrow are the headliners, while Reckless Kelly, Seth James, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Roger Creager, Dub Miller, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Doug Moreland and Django Walker will play free aprÃs-ski concerts. They also will host special engagements.

A large tent in the gondola parking lot, or Lot 1, will be erected to house many of concerts. No parking will be available there. Drops offs will be allowed only as long as the driver does not leave the vehicle.

The tent will stay up through most of January.

-- To reach Doug Crowl call 871-4204

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