Basalt boy blows away competition |

Basalt boy blows away competition

Chyrise HarrisPost Independent Staff
Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson

Sometimes they came in waves, sometimes one at a time, but one 10-year-old made sure no one crowded his turf his bubble gum-blowing turf, that is.Steven Estrada, 10, of Basalt and many other kids younger than 12 competed in the Sixth Annual Dubble Bubble National Bubblegum Blowing Contest at Wal-Mart Saturday afternoon. Chomping and chewing, huffing and puffing, kids in Wal-Marts all over the country tried their chances at blowing the biggest bubble and becoming the Dubble Bubble blowing champion. But only the determined came close to holding the Dubble Bubble title, and Estrada took his challenge seriously. At the end of nearly an hour of blowing, he had the sore cheeks to prove it.Ill tell all my friends that Ive blown the biggest bubble, Estrada said. Estradas first bubble measured a six on the official Dubble Bubble Meter. But with last years champion blowing an 18 on the meter, Estrada had bigger bubbles to blow, and he knew it.Never straying too far from the Dubble Bubble booth, Estrada kept chewing and blowing until a 12-inch bubble popped in his face. Happy with his bubble, Estrada lingered around the booth just in case his competition blew up literally.In the end, Estrada won the Dubble Bubble bubble gum contest for Glenwood Springs. Estradas skills could send him to the national blow-off later this summer hes one of the top five bubble gum blowers in the country.If selected as a finalist, Estrada could compete for a $10,000 U.S. savings bond, as well as the chance for a $1,000 donation in his name to the local Childrens Miracle Network hospital.Contact Chyrise Harris: 945-8515, ext.

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