Grand Olde West Days preparations continue

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Advance tickets go on sale Monday for the May 25 amateur bull-riding competition, while Grand Olde West Days organizers still need volunteers to fill various tasks.

The tickets cost $10 and will be available at Yampa Avenue's Neolithics, and Timberworks, as well as the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

They'll cost $12 at the door during the day's riding, which will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Organizer Jackie Roberts said riders are still sought for the event, which includes a $150 entry fee. Through Thursday, 12 people had entered, while the supply of bulls can accommodate up to 30.

Those entering must produce proof of valid health insurance and sign a waiver. The deadline to sign up at Roberts' Timberworks is next Thursday.

"We've got a lot of local people, some from Wyoming, Utah and the Eastern Slope," Roberts said.

Aside from riders, other services also are in need that day, said Carol Wilson, Neolithics' owner.

"We could use some volunteers to help clean up after the bull riding," Wilson said.

Help is particularly needed setting up tents the morning of Memorial Day's street festivities along Yampa Avenue, she added.

Numerous vendors will begin setting up around 7 a.m., as both the 500, 600 and parts of the 400 blocks of Yampa Avenue will be closed.

Victory Way will remain open throughout the busy day,

Wilson said.

"We hope people will take it slow and pay attention," she said.

The street festival's opening ceremonies are scheduled for 9:45 a.m. at the intersection of Yampa Avenue and Victory Way.

Bill Chase, an organizer of this year's parade the Saturday before Memorial Day, said roughly 100 separate vehicles have committed

to participate.

"A massive amount people have already come out of the woodwork," Chase said.

The deadline to sign-up for the parade -- themed "Red, White and Blue" -- is Saturday, May 17. Chase can be reached at 824-4965.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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