Spotlight on Frisco
Come stroll the Main Street to the Rockies for shops, galleries, restaurants, and museums that all guide you to the Frisco Bay Marina. --- The word on the street is “Frisco”!
TUBBS 2009 ROMP TO STOMP OUT BREAST CANCER RETURNS!
Frisco has become identified with one of the most fun races and worthwhile causes...the Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer.
On March 7, 2009, at 7:30am., you can romp with the best of them in a 3K or 5K snowshoe walk, or a 3K fun race sponsored by Tubbs snowshoes and benefitting the Denver Metro affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Since 2002, Tubbs Snowshoes has partnered with local affiliates in the fight against breast cancer, raising three-quarters of a million dollars for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
The Frisco Nordic Center is the venue for these classic races. Tubbs will provide free demo snowshoes on a first come, first served basis or bring or rent your own. In addition to the races, enjoy a free pancake breakfast.
Online registration closes March 4, 2009. For more information, visit www.tubbsromptostomp.com.
BATTLING THE BEETLES
It’s no secret pine beetles have devastated many of the lodgepole pine trees in Summit County. There seems to be no way to stop them.
However, in an effort to reforest Frisco, the town awarded up to $500 to each resident who removed pine infested trees from his property ($100 per tree) and replaced them with new trees.
Since the beetles have an appetite only for lodgepole pine, it’s safe to plant aspen, Colorado spruce, Englemann spruce, white fir and Rocky Mountain Douglas fir trees. These tree species are naturally acclimated to the high altitude.
Reforestation doesn’t just replace trees; it establishes plant diversity, controls erosion, increases wildlife habitat, and provides natural noise barriers against the ravages of I-70 traffic.
For more information, call 970-668-5276 or visit www.townoffrisco.org.
A 39 YEAR OLD LEGEND – THE FRISCO GOLD RUSH
Frisco’s Gold Rush weekend (January 31-February 1) begins spectacularly with “Spontaneous Combustion,” a roaring community bonfire at the Frisco Bay Marina, which is open to everyone.
Saturday evening’s gathering sets the stage for those teens, adults and seniors registered for Sunday’s cross-country ski and snowshoe races, Colorado’s oldest such event.
The town of Frisco and the Frisco Nordic Center host the Salomon classic and skate skiing races and the Tubbs Snowshoe races.
But, it’s the Summit Nordic Ski Club that benefits with its well-balanced ski racing program for the youth of Summit County. The Gold Rush, however, welcomes ages 12 and under to seniors 70 and over.
Entrants receive finisher gifts, refreshments, and a chance to win a number of prize drawings.
Register for the 5 to 20K classic and skate skiing races and the 7K snowshoe race online at www.active.com by noon, January 31. Or register in person at the Frisco Nordic Center January 17-31.
For more information, call 970-668-5276, visit www.townoffrisco.org or call the Frisco Nordic Center at 970-668-0866.
WALK FOR THE CURE
The Denver-based Avon Walk for Breast Cancer moves from the mile-high city to Summit County for its June 28-29, 2008 event. The 26.2-mile marathon walk on Saturday is followed by a 13.1 mile half-marathon walk on Sunday. This monumental event was founded in 1955 to help women and their families, and to date has raised more than $500 million.
“We are holding the Avon walk in Summit County this year as our first ‘destination event,’” notes Susan Heaney, director of communications for the Avon Foundation. “It will give walkers the chance to really experience the beauty of the area, as the route will be mainly along paths surrounded by mountains. It’s a very beautiful and inspiring setting.”
The walk begins in Keystone and follows bike paths throughout the county. The Frisco Middle School will house the Wellness Village, with its tents, showers and food stations.
To participate, walkers must commit to raising $1,800 in donations and pay a $65 registration fee.
“We’re proud the Avon Foundation selected Summit County for its annual walk for the cure. It gives us a chance to showcase our community,” says Seth Blackmer, Frisco’s special events manager.
For more information, call 970-668-9133 or visit www.avonfoundation.org.
Up and down Frisco’s Main Street, more than 60 vendors – their smokers and grills steaming – cook up a storm at the 15th Annual Barbecue Challenge. Briskets, ribs, pork, chicken, unique rubs, sauces and, this year, vegetarian options send smoke signals into the air drawing BBQ devotees by the thousands.
This year’s edition, held June 13-14, 2008, is once again sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.
Although inhaling the aromas is free, tasting is easily available with the purchase of a fistful of dollar tickets and then using as many tickets as each vendor charges (one to three) to sample his or her treats. The event raises about $70,000, which is contributed to local non-profit organizations.
Among the Challenge’s more unusual offerings are barbecued fried bananas, lamb-stuffed sausage, alligator and jalapenos. Some of the latter are grilled and stuffed with bacon and blue cheese. The desserts feature funnel cakes and ice cream.
Barbecue entries are judged, and a $15,000 purse is up for grabs.
Complementing the festivities is live entertainment, kids' activities, and traditional pig and duck races.
For more information, call 970-668-5276 or visit www.friscobarbecue.com.
INTERNATIONAL CASTING FETE
The 1st Annual International Fly-Fishing Championships comes to Frisco September 8-12, 2008. Fifteen four-member teams representing Japan, New Zealand and Australia, to name a few, will descend on the Blue River and Ten Mile Creek to cast for the championship. Colorado has entered both a men's and women’s team.
In addition to fly fishing competitions, the early autumn event includes casting clinics, fly-tying classes and chats with professionals such as John Buckley, the Irish National Champion.
According to David Pehle of www.theamericacup.com, “This event is fantastic for Frisco and fly-fishing in general. It will sponsor goodwill, grow tourism, as well as fishery enhancement and protection.”
Although the competition is an invitation-only event, the public is encouraged to observe the casting competition and enter the various clinics.
The Frisco Marina hosts the awards presentation, complete with live music, on the competition’s final day.
For additional information, call 970-668-5276 or visit www.theamericacup.com or www.townoffrisco.com.