As Grand Olde West Days continues to expand and its committee brings more high-quality entertainment to town, the cost of hosting the event grows.
According to event organizers, it costs $80,000 to $100,000 for the three-day, Memorial Day weekend event. Profits from vendor fees and ticket sales are used to fund events for the performances the next year. Profits are also used to help other non-profit organizations in Moffat County survive. If a group chooses to work at Grand Olde West Days selling tickets for example they are paid for their efforts. Several Craig groups use Grand Olde West Days (GOWD) as a club fund-raiser.
"We've had a real good response from clubs and organizations who have helped us and in turn, we helped them financially," event organizer Cathy Shea said.
To raise funds this year, the GOWD committee will hold an auction and a golf tournament.
"That way we're not just waiting for people to donate," Shea said.
The auction will be at 6 p.m. March 17 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Craig. The GOWD committee has solicited donations from several businesses. All proceeds will support the event. Items such as the use of a dump truck for a day and a roto-tiller valued at more than $1,000 have been donated.
"We have some really great donations this year," Shea said. "It's going to be a fun money-maker for Grand Olde West Days."
Food will be served and there will be a cash bar.
The committee will host a golf tournament in May. It will be the second tournament of the year at the course. Several teams have already signed up, Shea said. Prizes will be awarded, along with GOWD golf towels and golf tees. To enter the tournament, or for more information, call Shirley at Candyland Express.