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Routt County honored for excellent use of state’s lottery profits

Matt Stensland

— Those needing a bathroom or shower at the Routt County Fairgrounds hit the jackpot when the county was awarded nearly $365,000 in grant money.

On Friday, a representative with the Colorado Lottery presented the Starburst Community Award to Routt County officials for the excellent use of the state’s lottery profits.

"It's a really great honor," Colorado Lottery media relations specialist Kelly Tabor said to Routt County officials Friday. "You should be proud."

Routt County used the grant money to build a new bathroom facility with showers at the fairgrounds. The building was completed in 2012 and replaced the old bathrooms that had no showers, poor lighting and a lack of proper heating.

"We finally shut them down because they were awful," said Jill Delay, who oversees the fairgrounds.

Now, the town has a bathroom and shower facility that come highly recommended from people like one trucker who regularly passes through Hayden.

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"He tells everyone, 'If you need a shower and a bathroom, stop in Hayden. It's the best one,'" Delay said.

Last winter, Delay said three Hayden families used the facilities because their pipes broke.

A quarter machine provides change for those wanting to use the showers. The revenue helps offset the cost of maintaining the building.

This is not the first time Delay successfully has gone after lottery money grants for the fairgrounds. Lottery dollars were used to put in a new sound system and paid for new bleachers.

"We actually do tons of stuff with lottery dollars down here," Delay said.

Delay said they plan to pursue more grants to help pay for recreational vehicle electrical hookups and to pave trails.

Since the Colorado Lottery began in 1983, $2.7 billion in profits has been distributed throughout Colorado for things related to the outdoors. Organizations in Routt County have received $58 million throughout the years.

"We like to tell people, even if you lose on your lottery ticket, you still win," Tabor said.

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