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Aspen Winterskl winners

Compiled by Julie HardmanAspen Chamber Resort Association
Courtesy Brad ManosevitzThe Red Brick Center for the Arts float took first place in the Aspen Winterskl parade.

Free soup, snow sculptures, dogs in costume, a small-town parade, fireworks who doesnt love Winterskl? Aspens annual toast to winter was held this last weekend, Jan. 9 through 11, and brought locals out in force. Heres a wrap-up of the winners.

In all, more than 20 local businesses competed in the sixth annual Soupskl competition on Friday, Jan. 9, in downtown Aspen. Soupskl is a soup-cooking contest judged by the public to determine which restaurant has the best soup in town, and it gives the winner bragging rights for the next year. This years event was held in memory of Reggie Barbour, the creator of Soupskl, who passed away several weeks ago. Reggie would be honored this years event was the best ever!The 2009 Soupskl winner is Garnish Caf & Catering. For Chef Clark Church and Garnish Caf this is their third year winning with Churchs Chowder. Garnish Caf is located at the Aspen Club & Spa and is open to the public. The 2009 second place winner is Brunelleschis with Crab & Corn Chowder, and the third place prize goes to Clarks Market with Pork Pesole.2009 competitors included: 39 Degrees, Aspen Elks Lodge No. 224, Aspen High School ProStart, Bad Billys, Boogies Diner, Brunelleschis, Buenos Aires, Clarks Market, Conundrum Catering, Elevation, European Caterers, Garnish Caf & Catering, Johnny McGuires, Kenichi, La Cantina, Ntrition, Social, Willow Creek Bistro, Wienerstube, Snowmass Club and The Gant.It is estimated that more than 3,000 locals and tourists attended Soupskl.Past Soupskl Winners:2008: Garnish Caf and Catering2007: Garnish Caf and Catering2006: Elks Club 2005: Gwyns High Alpine 2004: Johnny McGuires

Aspens four-legged friends gathered at the 21st annual Canine Fashion Show, Saturday, Jan. 10. The show highlights canine couture, style and overall pampering of furry companions. The show took place on the Cooper Avenue mall across from Paradise Bakery. Judges were Richard Geiske (aka Scooper Man), Nancy Williams of Healing Partners, and Don Chaney from KSNO. The event was emceed by Bill Clarke of Rocky Mountain News Consumer Champ.

And the winners are:1) Most Adorable: Amy with Moxitini2) Best Theme: Olivia Ayress with Sharuey3) Best Multiple: Niki with Piloma & Mila4) Best Celebrity Look-Alike: Nanette with Fin, Friskin and Blythe5) Funniest: Jason Hoogland with Zero6) Best In Show: Melinda Goldrich with Pucci, Gizmo, Bonzu, Zigi & Lulu7) Honorable mention: Ashlyn with Kipper8) Honorable mention: Jennifer Soho with Drake

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The 58th annual Winterskl parade was held Saturday, Jan. 10, on its new parade route through downtown. The best overall winner received $500 cash presented by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association. This years judges unanimously decided the following were the winners: Best Overall Winner: Red Brick Center for the Arts came out in style promoting all the arts in Aspen. The Red Brick float had a rock band that incorporated the Winterskl theme Powder Days & Stellar Nights into a country-rock ballad.Honorable mention: Aspen Historical Society, which delivered a 50th birthday cake for Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk mountains. The cake, which had a girl in a bikini jumping out of the top, was escorted by skiers of the past six decades.The Aspen Chamber Resort Association extends a special thank you to all the participants in this years parade.

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