Chamber event called a 'success' by director

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Despite below-average numbers on Sunday, the Memorial Day weekend carnival at the Moffat County Fairgrounds was a success, said Cathy Vanatta, director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

"It went pretty good," she said. "We were down a little in attendance on Sunday, but Saturday and Monday were great."

Vanatta said more than 5,000 all-you-can ride wristbands were sold from Thursday through Monday.

By Monday, Vanatta said, some children had five different colored wristbands on for each day they were sold.

The carnival provides amusement park activities that are hard to come by in Northwest Colorado, Vanatta said.

"A lot of kids may go to Six Flags in Denver once a year but many people don't have that opportunity," she said.

Most of the crowd came from Craig and surrounding communities, including Steamboat Springs, Baggs, Meeker and Maybell, Vanatta said.

The Chamber of Commerce has a three-year contract with Wrights Amusement Company, who owns the carnival that was in Craig over the weekend.

"They're really good to work with," she said. "They really work to make it a safe event for everyone."

Events like the carnival and Grand Olde West Days benefit the entire community, she said.

"All of these events are important because it brings people in who stay in hotels and shop," she said. "It's a clean industry. People come in, spend their money and go home."

Having the carnival in conjunction with Grand Olde West Days helps, Vanatta said.

"Having them together helps both Grand Olde West Days and the carnival," Vanatta said. "People can go to the carnival then go to the rodeo or concert."

Vanatta said she wanted to thank the community for its support.

"We appreciate the community attending the events," she said. "This is our biggest fund-raiser and it helps to keep the chamber going. We hope we're providing people with a service they want."

No numbers were available for attendance at Grand Olde West Days events.

Grand Olde West Days Committee Chairperson Shirley Fuller was not available for comment to discuss the weekend event.

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