Old West brings out the big guns this weekend


Hide the women and children, there will be something dangerous going on in downtown Craig Monday morning.

Howdy Davis is so confident in his posse's ability, he wants everybody to know ahead of time that they're going to rob a bank. He'll even tell you when and where it's going to happen.

"There will be a bank robbery mid-morning at the corner of Yampa Avenue and Highway 40," he said. "Then, after they catch us, we'll break out of jail around 1:30 p.m. and there will be a big shootout."

Davis and the Tumbleweed Gunfighters will put the "Old West" back into the Grand Olde West Days again after a three-year lay-off.

"It's good to see the festivities back downtown," Davis said. "It brings back the real Grand Olde West Days."

The shootout is a demonstration from Davis and a group of actors who, until the festival was moved to the fairgrounds, put on a show every year. In addition to the gunfight reenactment, there will be gun spinning, quick-draw demonstrations and trick shooting.

There also will be an opportunity for locals to enter a quick-draw competition to see who has the fastest gun in the West.

"I think it would be great to get the local law enforcement out there to see who is the fastest draw," he said.

"It's been a popular contest in the past."

The winner of the fastest draw will receive a $100 gift certificate.

The Bears Ears Sportmans Club, located four miles north of Craig at the base of Cedar Mountain, and the Northwest Colorado Rangers will be hosting a shooting event with its own Old West flavor.

Participants dress up as characters out of the West and test their skills with single-action revolvers, lever-action rifles and double-barreled shotguns. The rangers' biggest match is during Memorial Day weekend.

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