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Chocolate, salmon, cider... oh my!; SJ County backs Seahawks with Super Bowl wager

The Eagle County, Colo., Board of Commissioners, left, is betting beef and beer on the Broncos against San Juan County’s salmon and hard cider bet on the Seahawks  -  Contributed photo/Randy Wyrick, Vail Daily (Vail Colo.)
The Eagle County, Colo., Board of Commissioners, left, is betting beef and beer on the Broncos against San Juan County’s salmon and hard cider bet on the Seahawks
— image credit: Contributed photo/Randy Wyrick, Vail Daily (Vail Colo.)

San Juan County has skin in the game, as they say.

On behalf of the county, council Chairman Rick Hughes has put some of the county’s finest produce on the line against the pride of Colorado's Eagle County (pop. 51,874 and home of Vail ski resort), in a winner-take-all wager on the outcome of Sunday’s Super Bowl.

San Juan County will be backing the Seattle Seahawks with salmon from Lopez Island's Jones Family, Orcas Island’s Kathryn Taylor chocolates and hard cider from San Juan Island's Westcott Bay.

The Eagle County Board of County Commissioners will back the Broncos with local buffalo jerky, grass-fed beef, and beverages from the Bonfire Brewing Company.

A former resident of Eagle County, Hughes says that he looks forward to receiving some that county’s products after the game. But Eagle County isn’t ready to concede.

“I just want to say in advance, thank you to San Juan County for some delicious salmon,” Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry said.

So Sunday, while the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are playing for the coveted NFL championship in a billion dollar contest, the top elected officials in San Juan County, Washington, and Eagle County, Colorado, will each be rooting for their team to bring home the sweet taste of victory.

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