The weekend was cool, but sunny. Perfect days to lie in bed and recover either from the punches taken or the alcohol consumed.
No, Craig residents didn't go on a bender or get into fights in dark alleys. They attended the 55th annual Kiwanis Play a tradition of low blows and drunken expose of local politicians' deep secrets.
Moffat County money pits the public safety center, proposed casino and county government were featured this year by the Kiwanians. Each received a dose of good humor, laced with a touch of the truth.
Audience members applauded, laughed, and whispered "that's true" during the performance.
As is tradition, people were met at the door by greeters, burly young men dressed as "Wildbrats" cheerleaders, who went a little heavy on the blush and lipstick. The play featured performances by the Kiwanis Quintet, Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig Vice-President Dean Hollenbeck as a pregnant Brittney Spears, the Can't Can Dancers (it's true, they can't can, but their performance is a favorite among women) and a feature performance by Chuck Malley and John Husband. For the past three years, the duo has rewritten a popular song and made the lyrics meaningful to Moffat County residents. "You Picked a Fine Time to Lead us Frank Schmoe," was the name and chorus of the song this year, making fun of Ramada Inn owner Frank Moe's opposition to gambling and his vocal efforts to prevent a casino from opening in Craig.
People take their hits and smile through the pain. Even the Kraig Daily Press didn't get off the hook.
And an ongoing mystery was solved during the play. The owners of the pink toilet that made an appearance at several Craig businesses were discovered. They were, as some suspected, Kiwanians.
The play and it's all-male cast are traditions in Craig. It's so looked forward to that people wait in line for hours for tickets, despite the cold.
And they don't leave disappointed.
The fun and the bruises are all for a good cause. The Kiwanis Club gives scholarships to high school students, provides funds for Special Olympics and helped purchase the Golden Age Chariot, the bus that transports senior citizens.
This year, 880 people attended the play, raising $11,000 for the club. The club also earned more than $600 for its club's scholarship fund from T-shirt sales.
Kudos to the Kiwanis Club for another brilliant play. Perhaps fear of the spotlight will keep politicians honest, businesses clean and spelling a little better. Then again, it might be the end of a tradition if the characters of Moffat County gave nothing to work with (that's our excuse).
Play chairman Rick Allen thanks the Craig Police Department, the Craig Daily Press and everyone else who helped make the play a success.