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Contact:                 Beth Buehler
                         Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association
                         (970) 349-1168 or

      Cars, Carving & Art Offer Supercharged Weekend in Gunnison, Colorado
    Aug. 19 – 22 features Gunnison Car Show, Carvin’ Up Colorado & High Octane Arts & Crafts

GUNNISON-CRESTED BUTTE, COLORADO (July 16, 2010) — What better place to talk
cool cars than leaning under the hood of a classic car or street rod against the cool mountain
backdrop of beautiful Gunnison, Colorado? Combine that camaraderie with an arts and crafts
festival and a wood carving competition across the street for a weekend full of fun for all ages.

23rd Annual Gunnison Car Show, August 20 – 22
Sponsored by the Gunnison Car Club, the weekend event includes a cruise-in, free street dance on
Gunnison‘s Main Street, open car show, poker run, and breakfast cruise to Crested Butte. Two
years ago, not only did the Gunnison Car Show become one of only 25 car shows in the nation
selected to present the prestigious Lee Iacocca award, it was the first car show in the United States
to become carbon free.

Wil Cooksey, known as the man who saved Corvette, is the 2010 Gunnison Car Show Iacocca
Award recipient and will be on hand to accept the kudos and lead a workshop about the many
changes made to the fifth generation Corvette in an attempt to save the brand. Car show organizers
hope there will be 100 Corvettes on hand for this year‘s event.

     Get things rolling with a ‗50s-style cruise-in and concert by The RevTones on Friday, Aug. 20
      from 5 – 9 p.m. A portion of Main Street will be closed to regular traffic during the event, so
      there‘s plenty of room for more than 150 show cars to park where they can be viewed by the
      public. At dusk, head over to the ―Cars in the Stars‖ program at the Gunnison Valley
      Observatory (offered both Friday and Saturday), which has the largest research quality telescope
      available to the public. The telescope will tour the night sky looking at features that share their
      names with cars: Galaxy, Polaris, Vega, Saturn, Taurus, Pulsar, Nova and many more.
      Reservations will be taken when participants check in for the car show.

     The full car show runs from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21 at beautiful Jorgensen Park.
      Surrounded by trees, green grass and water, this is an ―open‖ event, which means any vehicle in
      any condition—from barely moving to full blown restoration—is welcome. It‘s not unusual to
      see exotic, one-of-a-kind custom street rods, high performance sports cars, tricked-out pickup
      trucks and a gaggle of British cars all parked together on the lawn.
                                             202 East Georgia
                                        Gunnison, CO 81230-2433
                                 Phone: 970-641-7992 – Fax: 970-641-7994
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    Food, music, games and contests are also a big part of the day that typically showcases more
    than 300 vehicles. Judging of the cars continues until midday, when an awards ceremony is
    held followed by a poker run through the streets of Gunnison.
   On Sunday, Aug. 22, approximately 125 cars leave Gunnison at 8 a.m. to drive the scenic 28
    miles to Crested Butte‘s Elk Avenue, the town‘s colorful historic business district. Elk Avenue
    is closed to traffic on this morning so that the vehicles are available for viewing while their
    owners enjoy breakfast at one of Crested Butte‘s fine restaurants.

Admission to Gunnison Car Show events is free to the general public, but there is a registration fee
for cars that are entered. Car show proceeds are donated to community causes. For more
information and to register, check out the Gunnison Car Club‘s website at

Carvin’ Up Colorado, Aug. 19 - 21
Approximately a dozen wood carvers from Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and
Washington will transform tree stumps into works of art over a three-day period in Legion Park,
located across the street from Jorgensen Park. Watch Colorado outdoor themes take shape from
stumps collected by the City of Gunnison throughout the year when trees are cut down for safety
reasons. The town Christmas tree for 2009 will become a work of art and so will five of the town‘s
oldest cottonwood trees that had to be taken down from across Town Hall.

Participating wood carvers will begin their artistry at 10 a.m. on Aug. 19 and 8 a.m. on Aug. 20 and
21. The competition wraps up with judging at 5 p.m. on Saturday. All works become the property
of the City of Gunnison to display in Legion Park or at other community sites, and this year each
carver also will create a smaller sculpture that will be auctioned off. For more information, contact
(970) 641-0435.

High Octane Arts & Crafts Festival, August 21
The Gunnison Country Chamber of Commerce invites arts and crafts lovers to experience the High
Octane Arts & Crafts Festival being held in conjunction with the Gunnison Car Show on Aug. 21.
The festival showcases arts and crafts by approximately 80 artisans from around the region and will
be held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Legion Park. More than a dozen food booths and fun for the whole
family are on tap. Call (970) 641-1501 or visit

Visitor Information & Personalized Vacation Packages
To find out more about Gunnison-Crested Butte‘s summer calendar of events or to book
personalized vacation packages, call the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association‘s official
reservations center at (800) 814-8893 or visit During the
summer, air access to the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport is provided by United Airlines.
Find the Tourism Association on Facebook at or follow us on

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About Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colorado
Gunnison-Crested Butte is nestled among almost two million acres of pristine wilderness in
southwest Colorado. Winter sports enthusiasts know the area for its world-class alpine skiing and
snowboarding at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing
and ice fishing. Gunnison-Crested Butte is also a haven for outdoor summer activities. In the
warmer months, visitors can choose from recreational activities such as hiking, climbing, mountain
biking, boating, whitewater rafting, kayaking, fly-fishing, camping and horseback riding. Year-
round visitors enjoy distinctive restaurants, unique shops and stimulating cultural opportunities, and
have a wide range of lodging options — from rustic inns to guest cabins and bed-and-breakfasts to
full-service resort hotels.

Gunnison, county seat and a real western town, is home to the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional
Airport, Gunnison Whitewater Park, Gunnison Valley Observatory, Pioneer Museum and Western
State College, which offers bachelor‘s and master‘s degrees in liberal arts and sciences and pre-
professional fields. Both Crested Butte and Gunnison have thriving historic central business
districts packed with shopping and dining opportunities.

Recognized as the ―Official Wildflower Capital of Colorado‖ by the Colorado Legislature and one
of the National Trust for Historic Preservation‘s ―Dozen Distinctive Destinations‖ in 2008, Crested
Butte is 28 miles from Gunnison and the site of rich mining, ranching and skiing heritage and home
to the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Only three
miles up the road is the resort village of Mt. Crested Butte, home to the ski area, an active base
area, the area‘s conference center, and outstanding hiking and biking trails.

In Gunnison County, visitors will find the Curecanti National Recreation Area, where dinosaur
fossils were recently discovered; the Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado‘s largest body of water and
home to the largest Kokanee salmon fishery in the United States; and The Black Canyon of the
Gunnison, one of our country‘s newest national parks. Gunnison County includes the quaint and
historic towns of Pitkin, Gothic, Tin Cup, Marble, Powderhorn, Almont and Crystal, plus the better-
known communities of Gunnison, Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. Gunnison County is part of
the West Elk Loop and Silver Thread Scenic & Historic Byways.


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