Corry McDowell’s designs will adorn Loveland’s official Valentine’s Day card, cancellation and cachet this year, the illustration featuring our fair city’s Love Lock sculpture and the iconic image of Western lover Dan Cupid set in front of the Rocky Mountains.

Her creations have been chosen to adorn the official collector’s envelope artwork for 15 nonconsecutive years, and the cards five times.

“I enjoy it, and what better way than Loveland and love? That’s so special,” McDowell said, explaining why she continues to submit designs and participate in the Valentine’s Day festivities.

The commercial artist only recently learned how to operate the digital design software she used to create her piece, earning a certification from a Greeley program that taught her everything from the Adobe Suite to SIP files.

The words of Jeani Bork complete the commemorative card.

LOVELAND, CO – JANUARY 7, 2020: Cindy Mackin, visitor services manager for the city of Loveland, left, and Loveland Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mindy McCloughan perform a song Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, during an event to unveil the 2020 Loveland Valentine card, cachet and verse in the plaza at The Foundry in downtown Loveland. (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)

Valentine Verse

The verse, which was not previously coordinated with McDowell’s design, also pays tribute to the Love Lock sculpture that sits in front of the Loveland Visitor Center. It reads:

“The City of Loveland sends a message every day.
From a beautiful sculpture we proudly display.

“It’s comprised of four letters L,O, V, and E.
A welcome to our city, for all to see.

“Embrace those letters and what they say.
For ‘Love’ is the reason we have Valentine’s Day.”

The card will be available through local retailers, at the Loveland Visitor Center, and online at

LOVELAND, CO – JANUARY 7, 2020: Miss Loveland Valentine Ashley Arthur holds her key after locking her love lock to the second Love Lock sculpture Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, during an event to also unveil the 2020 Loveland Valentine card, cachet and verse in the plaza at The Foundry in downtown Loveland. She wrote “For my home” on her love lock. (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)




This year, the cachet stamp that adorns the front of the official envelopes has been renamed, and is now known as the Official Commemorative Envelope Art of the Loveland Re-mailing Program.

A simpler version of McDowell’s card design of Dan Cupid and the Love Lock Sculpture overlooking the mountains, is accompanied by a short verse by Teresa Boynton that also features the classic character.

The verse reads:

“Dan Cupid continues to play his part
“Though he doesn’t text or tweet
“He knows a Loveland Valentine
“Is a sweeter treat.”

The image of the young cowboy that has come to represent this program was originally crafted by Ted Thompson 74 years ago, after a local stamp collecting family had the idea for offering a unique cancellation.

Cancellation Stamp

The cancellation stamp in question was also designed by McDowell, and features a draped ribbon falling in the shape of a heart below the words “Valentine Station.” The design will be stamped on the top right corner of each envelope that goes through the post office.

On average, 120,000 valentines are received each year, before being sent to all 50 states and to 110 countries across the world. This is the largest program of its kind, spreading love to all on Valentine’s Day from the city that bears its name.

LOVELAND, CO – JANUARY 7, 2020: Shannon and Chad Arthur, parents of Miss Loveland Valentine Ashley Arthur, lock their love on the newly unveiled second Love Lock sculpture Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, during an event to also unveil the 2020 Loveland Valentine card, cachet and verse in the plaza at The Foundry in downtown Loveland. (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)

Mailing dates

Cindy Kinney, Loveland postmaster, shared several ways that letters can be incorporated into this remailing program. An official Valentine’s mailbox has been set outside of the post offices at 446 E. 29th St. and 601 Cleveland Ave. Letters can also be sent to the program from anywhere in the world, using the address below and labeling the envelope for the “valentine re-mailing program.”

446 E. 29th St.
Loveland, CO 80538

Deadlines for inclusion in the program are:

  • Feb. 1 – Overseas valentines.
  • Feb. 7 – Valentines outside Colorado and Wyoming.
  • Feb. 10 – All other valentines.

During her speech, Cindy Mackin of Visit Loveland said, “Loveland’s love campaign promises, and delivers, something for everyone,”

LOVELAND, CO – JANUARY 7, 2020: Confetti flies as the new second Love Lock sculpture is unveiled Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, during an event to also unveil the 2020 Loveland Valentine card, cachet and verse in the plaza at The Foundry in downtown Loveland. (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)

Second love lock sculpture

Last year, Loveland unveiled a love lock sculpture that currently sits in front of the visitor center. The simple design features the letters “L, O, V and E,” the O replaced with the iconic Loveland and Valentine’s Day heart. Visitors are invited to write their name and the name of their significant other on a padlock (available at the center for $20 and available for engraving,) secure it to the sculpture, and walk away with the key to signify their lasting commitment.

This year, the city unveiled a similar sculpture for south shore of Lake Loveland, a 12 foot high and 14 foot wide red heart, with grids on the back for more locks to be secured. Designed by Beatty Construction, the sculpture will remain at the Foundry Plaza in the heart of the city through the end of the Sweetheart Festival, before settling at its final home.

Other valentine’s highlights

Loveland Sweetheart Festival: 5-9 p.m. Friday and 2-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15. The festival will include a children’s block, community art project and live entertainment. The Foundry Plaza and Fourth Street from Cleveland to Lincoln Avenues. More information at

Fourth annual Valentine group wedding: 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, officiated by Todd Harding. This tradition invites couples to be married or renew their vows at the Loveland Sweetheart Festival for only $95, and participants will walk away with a love lock, cupcakes, a gift bag and a chance to win a special prize. Preregistration required at

Sweetheart Classic 4-miler Race: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. This downtown race kicks off racing season for the sweetheart city, and comes with a commemorative T-shirt and medal. Check in is at 1 p.m., and more information is available at

Little Miss Valentine and Little Mr. Cupid contest: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Limited entries are available for this popular second-annual event that invites Loveland youths to compete to represent the iconic loving holiday. Registration opens 1 p.m. at the Rialto Theater on the day of the contest.

Valentine’s Coffee: The mint mocha blend courtesy of Top of the Lake Coffee is a medium roast, ethically sourced Colombian blend that is dark chocolate forward with a hint of peppermint creme. Available at the Loveland Visitor Center.

Valentine’s Beer: Crafted by Grimm Brothers Brewing Co., the Bleeding Heart beer for this year has a base of a Baltic porter, with notes of tart cherry and blackberry. This is on sale at the brewery, along with a sour version, beginning  Jan. 22.

Valentine’s Wine: This is the first year the festival has introduced an official wine, and this year Sweet Heart Winery has unveiled a 2017 Malbec. This beverage has a forward red cherry and black raspberry flavor, with notes of baking spice and earthiness coming in more subtly than other Malbecs. The winery will also host a Valentine’s Wine Party on Friday, Feb. 14.

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