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2014 Best of the Boat winners

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Best Painter: Lawton Painting

Whether it’s helping people on the slopes or painting their house, local Kyle Lawton is the man. Those were the accolades heaped on him this year, tying for first with John “Pink” Floyd for Best Ski Patrol and taking the top rung of the ladder as Best Painter.

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Best Thrift Store: Bargain Barn

For owner Betty Dickey, opening the Bargain Barn thrift store was a no-brainer. “I had bought so much stuff at different thrift stores over the years that I had to sell it all,” says Dickey, who opened her store five years ago on Acre Lane and moved to its current location at 2432 Lincoln Ave. in 2014.

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Best Mustache: Rob Peterson

When it comes to mustaches, mountain towns are pretty accepting. Steamboat is no exception, with a whopping 65 write-ins coming in the Best of the Boat category for upper lip facial follicles. In the end, with a drooping Fu Manchu that hangs an inch or two below his chin, Rob Peterson of Big Agnes won the category handlebars down...

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Most Eligible Bachelor: Jacob Custer

It’s a daunting title in a ski town, but one from which Jacob Custer isn’t shying away. “For a 28-year-old, I pretty much have my act together and am probably more mature than most people my age,” says Custer of the surprising accolades. “I’m independent, hard-working and a caring, good guy. The only thing I’m not good at is talking about myself.”

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Best Yoga Instructor: Ally Johnson

Steamboat Springs yoga instructor Ally Johnson won Best of the Boat honors for Best Yoga Instructor.

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Most Eligible Bachelorette: Meg Palumbo

Meg Palumbo was selected as Best of the Boat's Most Eligible Bachelorette.

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Best Hairstylist: Brooke Engeseth

Brooke Engeseth was selected as Best of the Boat's Best Hairstylist.

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Best Radio Station: 100.5 The River

Local radio station 100.5 The River landed the Best of the Boat title for Best Radio Station.

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Best Pizza: Beau Jo's Mountain Bistro

Beau Jo's Mountain Bistro are first-time winners of the Best of the Boat's Best Pizza category.

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Best Wings (and Outdoor Dining): Aurum Food & Wine

Some feathers have been ruffled in the Best Wings category, folks. Unseating five-time, finger-lickin’ chicken champion The Tap House Sports Bar & Grill from a half-decade of sitting on the wing throne is this year’s wing champ Aurum Food & Wine, at 811 Yampa St. on the Yampa River.

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Best Fishing Guide: Johnny Spillane

While Johnny Spillane took home three silver medals from Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics in Nordic combined, he now has another piece of hardware to add to his list: town’s Best Fishing Guide.

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Best Party Thrown by a Local: Nick Anderson

It went from celebrating big dumps to birthday candles. That’s the story behind town’s Best Party Thrown by a Local, which goes to an annual rager hosted by seven-year local Nick Anderson.

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Best Powder Clause: Honey Stinger/Big Agnes

Like big dumps? Work at Big Agnes. That’s the result of our Best Powder Clause category, with the local tent and sleeping bag company, as well as sister company Honey Stinger, taking the podium when it comes to shralping powder.

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Best Ski Bum: Daryl Newcomb

If he’s not serving you award-winning cuisine at Cafe Diva, where he’s earned town’s Best Server award for six straight years, you can bet you’ll find longtime local Daryl Newcomb on the slopes — which is why he also won this year’s coveted Best Ski Bum title

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Best of Boat promises to be best ever

For the first time in its six-year history, the annual Best of the Boat Variety Show and Awards Celebration, set for 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Steamboat Grand, will feature live acts.

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