Bulls, mosquitoes highlight weekend


Bring on the bulls and mosquitoes.

The two aren't often mentioned in the same sentence, but for Craig's Grand Olde West Days weekend, the annual bull riding competition and Mosquito Open golf tournament bring the two together.

Starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, the fifth annual bull riding competition gets under way at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. According to Jackie Roberts, coordinator of this year's rodeo, 22 participants have signed up for the quest of the eight-second ride. Competitors from Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota have paid their entry fees.

Roberts said she hopes to have 30 entrants before Sunday's event. The riders will be competing for a pot of "at least $3,000" according to Roberts. As with many bull riding competitions, the rides will be judged on a 100-point scale for the eight-second ride, with up to 50 points being awarded for how strenuously the bull battles and 50 points being awarded on how the bull rider handles the challenge. Only rides lasting the full eight seconds will be graded.

Burns Rodeo Co. from Laramie, Wyo., will supply the bulls.

Last year's champion, Joe Smith of Banner, Wyo., is yet to have signed up to defend his title.

The Mosquito Open, the oldest tournament at the Yampa Valley Golf Course, will be a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Monday

The 35-year-old tradition began as a way for the club to attract new members. It has now blossomed into an annual Memorial Day Weekend activity, although it is not officially related to the Grand Olde West Days.

The tournament has changed formats from the traditional four man blind draw to two man teams this year. The 18 hole tournament will be separated into six holes of best ball play, six holes of Chapman play and six holes of scramble.

Interested golfers can sign up until May 24 at the YVGC.

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