Durango’s Snowdown returns this year with an Old West train theme. It begins its 37th year on Wed, Jan 28th and runs through Sun, Feb 1st.
The festival got its start like many other snowy festivals as a way to lift the spirits in a cold mountain town. In 1979 John Murrah convinced The Durango Herald to seed his vision for a commerce boosting celebration. They gave $2,000 and the legend of the Snowdown was born.
Events are held at places all over town including numerous bars, the County Fairgrounds, Durango Rec Center and Animas City Theatre. There’s everything from doughnut eating contests and scavenger hunts, to 3-on-3 basketball tournaments and beer trivia.The main highlights are the Light Parade on Friday at dusk and the Fireworks on Saturday at 6pm. If you get in town by Thursday, check out the Snowdown Jokedown, a yearly tradition since the beginning.
Some wacky events include the 10th annual Belt Sander Drag Races, in which two two contestants race their belt sanders down a 50 foot two-way lane, as well as the Cribbage Tournament.
This clip showcases the downtown Light Parade:
Who wants to take a last minute trip down to Durango?