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  • Downtown Hoedown & Chili Challenge

    Once again we are proud to present this years Chuckwagon Chili Challenge, and what has become one of Steamboat’s favorite Labour Day Weekend events. It all started ten years ago when we put on a big shindig to celebrate the 100th anniversary of when Francis Marion Light opened his western-wear store here in Steamboat Springs.
    When cowboys make small talk while watching the cows, their conversation is referred to as “shooting the breeze.” But what is it called when cows make small talk while being watched by the cowboys? And if cows really were shootin’ the breeze, what would be their subject matter? Steve Lucas took a stab at answering that question,
    This summer’s Rodeo Kickoff Party was a success. That’s not to brag, however, as given the circumstances it is a thing just as easily done as it is said. We are, quite simply, happy to be able to facilitate all the fun. Perhaps the primary difficulty in the affair was the possibility of rain. After all,
    You Can’t Put A Price On Freedom Here are a few perspectives on freedom from cowboy poet and author Steve Lucas. He not only sent us this piece on the price of freedom, but also sent along this great illustration of the story that was done by his wife, Margaret.     Freedom By Steve Lucas......

  • Bill and Bobby: Dirt Roads and Wall Street – A Father’s Day Tribute

    A Father’s Day Tribute, by Steve Lucas Steve Lucas has contributed another small piece of writing for our enjoyment, this time on the subject of fatherhood. Oftentimes the plans we make for our lives and the events that actually transpire turn out to be......

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Thanks so much for packing up the black hat for me and sending it to the deeeeeep south. It came in perfect shape and fits just right. It was great to be in the store on May 15th. Bill was very helpful to get the size 7 and 3/4 down from the high hook up front. Could have spent much more time in the store but will save that for the next time. I appreciated the comment about the Burma Shave signs. I grew up in Iowa and have family in S. Dakota and Wyoming. Have a great year and thanks so much.

—Gary C., Clermont, GA.

I'm a native of Colo. Learned to ski in Steamboat, we always stayed at the Rabbit Ears Hotel in the late 60's early 70's. I now have family that lives in Steamboat and it is a favorite place to visit and our kids also love it, in fact our middle kid and her fiancé have chosen the mountain for their wedding this summer, due to fond memories of her childhood. We always visit your establishment when we come to Steamboat; your customer service is amazing, I work for a retailer with a rich heritage similar to yours and appreciate how your business is founded on integrity, perseverance, and quality! Love the history of your business. Keep doing what you are doing!!!

—Ginny R., Texas

I've been shopping at F.M. Light and Son's since 1967, when I would visit my uncle who was the district ranger for the US Forest Service, Routt National Forest. Since then, whenever I found myself on US 40 heading east or west in Colorado, I would stop at your shop. The last two trips we picked up first some gorgeous cowboy boots for my wife and just two years ago we found an equally impressive pair of (size 13) Cayman boots for myself. And even if we don't need anything it is a real joy to see the shop and what you have to offer.

Like the old Burma Shave signs along the highways, the F.M. Light and Son's signs are a joy to see and read. I know I'm getting close when they start to appear.

—William W., Utah