Steinley Cup sees successful, sudsy outing
By Mathew McKay
SARATOGA — Beer and Chili fans from all over gathered in Saratoga for the 21st annual Steinley Cup in Saratoga Saturday afternoon.
Lined up well in advance of the event, visitors could be seen hanging out on the bridge leading to Veterans Island Park. In all, over 600 people took part in the beer fest.
Stacy Crimmns, Chief Executive Officer of Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, called the event a success, despite the lower number of brewers that attended.
“The weather was perfect, the band was awesome and people were dancing and having fun,” Crimmins said.” It really was a great weekend altogether.”
One family in attendance, the Kuoksas, had traveled from Sweden to visit Mount Rushmore over the past week and said they couldn’t pass up an opportunity like the Steinley Cup before they headed home on Sunday.
Tasting a beer, Jaana Kuoksa said many of the beers were similar to those back home, but that the festival brought a unique element that Sweden didn’t offer.
The Kuoksas said Saratoga presented people a great opportunity to try local beers in a small fest, unlike Sweden.
“We have one big beer fest in our capital once a year,” Kuoksa said.
In addition to trying the beers, the Kuoksas and their two children also enjoyed time blowing bubbles and chowing down chili.
Also traveling from out of the state, Jason Rolfenbach and his wife drove up from Denver with their kids and some family friends.
While spending the day separate from his wife, Rolfenbach, who was looking after the kids for the day, said the event gave the moms a chance to get time to themselves.
“They work hard all year long,” Rolfenbach said.” They definitely deserve some time to themselves.”
During the afternoon, Rolfenbach and the four kids could be found down in the water during the event. Traveling to Wyoming for both the Chugwater Chili Cookoff and the Steinley Cup are two traditions the group has been doing the past few years.
Winning the title for the 10th year, Library of Laramie received the most positive feedback. Blacktooth of Sheridan took home the grand prize voted the favorite by the annual judges out of Colorado. In the chili showdown, Rayetta Kirkley, of Ryan Park, took first in the red chili competition; Edge Powell of Saratoga took the title in green chili; and Sonya Duke of Saratoga and Cara-Lynn Nichols of Rawlins tied for first in the salsa category.