Fund-raiser held to repair D-holes

Tonight, Paddler Magazine and Friends of the Yampa are asking people to come out and get their old-timey, bluegrass, river-lovin' groove on -- all for a good cause.

No boater can forget the force of the Yampa River last spring, rushing at one point at 5,000 cubic feet per second. The water moved anything that impeded its flow, including the working parts of two kayak play holes.

The manmade D-Hole washed out completely during spring runoff, sending kayakers upstream to the C-Hole.

The C-Hole, or "Charlie's Hole," was built in the spring before the snow melted and was named after 21-year-old boater and former Steamboat Springs resident Charlie Beaver. Beaver died one year ago after falling from a deck in Asheville, N.C.

High water also damaged the C-Hole this spring, but only minor repairs need to be made.

Money raised at tonight's event will go toward reconstruction of the damaged water features.

The spring event raised $2,000 toward the building of a play hole and generated money for Friends of the Yampa.

"Play holes have created an off-season buzz. People travel to Steamboat for the great kayaking and bring business to town," said Steve Jones, advertising director of Paddler Magazine.

Admission is $10 for boaters or $5 for nonboaters.

"Boaters need to pay up," Jones said. "The ones who use the features are the ones who need to pay."

The cover charge comes with one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets cost $3 each.

Entertainment will be provided by the Brew Glass Boys and interrupted occasionally by raffles for a Dagger kayak, items from Smartwool, BAP and "lots of other prizes," Jones said.

The fund-raiser starts at 8:30 p.m. at Mahogany Ridge on the corner of Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

-- To reach Autumn Phillips call 871-4210

or e-mail aphillips@steamboatpilot.com

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