Minturn hosts winter market and two running races Saturday

Caramie Schnell
Hailee Rustad and Kari Bangtson are the creative minds and hands behind Kabbage and Hugs, based in Minturn.
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What: Minturn Winter Market.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and again Dec. 13.

Cost: Free.

Where: Downtown Minturn.

More information: Visit

MINTURN — If you’ve yet to check off everyone on your Christmas list, then stop by the Minturn Winter Market this weekend. The event takes place two Saturdays in a row. This Saturday and again on Dec. 13. Both days, the market will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Along with a variety of vendors, expect carolers, alpine music, hot cocoa, s’mores and even a visit from Santa. The Dickens Carolers will provide holiday music at both markets from noon to 1 p.m.

“With so many vendors offering the widest array of specialty items, including gourmet foods, unique crafts, gifts and fine art and from holiday snacks to local fare, you’ll find the yummiest treats,” said Michelle Metteer, the economic development coordinator for the town. “The merchants in Minturn and those at the Market will provide all of your holiday shopping needs. Come join us, meet up with friends, gather around the fire and just have a good time in the holiday setting of Minturn.”

Around 30 vendors will be at the market each Saturday, including Loki, an innovative outdoor clothing company from Grand Junction, and a new vendor called “The Cabin Collection.” Based out of Breckenridge, The Cabin Collection is a line of furniture and accessories made by owners Jon and Annie Frykholm, who have been developing and selling the products for more than 30 years.

“We offer a complete line of classic styled, mountain log furniture and accessories, utilizing locally harvested beetle kill pine, spruce and aspen,” Jon said. “We are known for the wood-burned art we incorporate onto much of our furniture.

“At the Minturn Market we will be featuring our line of original, wood-burned art serving trays and unique, custom framed fiber art that has been hand needle felted,” Jon continued. “These items make for great, unique gifts. We also will be featuring some of our best one-of-a-kind furniture pieces.”

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Kabbage and Hugs, owned by Hailee Rustad and Kari Bangtson, based in Minturn, also uses downed beetle kill pine trees to make the wares they’ll be selling, which include their popular s’mores sticks, coasters, beer bottle openers, wine bottle holders and stoppers, ornaments, vases and candle holders.

“We pick up sticks in the woods and make them into things,” Rustad said. “This summer, we sold thousands of s’mores sticks. We didn’t realize they’d be such a hit. We woodburn the ornaments. Last winter, we had just started and we made a few ornaments and we sold out at every market we did last winter.”


Also taking place Saturday is the Holiday Fever 5K Run/Walk and the Merry Mile Family Fun Run, both put on by the Speckled-Hound.

Race director Carl Bruggeman is a 25-year Vail Valley resident and will freely tell you he loves putting on smaller events for the locals.

“We had a terrific turnout for our Halloween race in October to benefit the Minturn Community Fund and I’m hoping that folks will come out this Saturday to show their support for The Literacy Project and have some fun at the same time,” he said. “The Minturn Winter Market is a great post-race venue for runners and their families.”

The races both begin at 10 a.m. and participants are encouraged to dress warmly. All fitness levels are welcome. Both runs follow an enjoyable, out-and-back route near downtown. The dirt road will most likely be snow-covered so wear spikes, Yaktrax or other grip devices on your shoes if you have them. There will be one aid station at the mid-point. Young children must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs are welcome on the course, but must be leashed.

Register online at The cost is $15 for one mile and $25 for the 5K. Onsite registration costs $5 more on race day. Visit the Speckled-Hound Racing tent (by Magusto’s) at the Minturn Winter Market if you plan to sign up on the day of the race.

A portion of the proceeds from the race will go to The Literacy Project. More information can also be found at

Race organizers are also hoping participants will “be festive” with their attire.

“Calling all holiday fairies, winter princesses, Santas, elves and reindeer to the starting line. Reformed Grinches welcome,” according to the press release.

There will be awards for the top finishers and holiday snacks, hot chocolate and Gatorade at the finish. Special finisher gifts will be given to each participant.

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