A return to the Olde 'Wet'

Unpredictable May weather causes organizers to rethink date

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Grand Olde West Days' wet reputation could result in the festival changing weekends.

Heavy rains soaked festival-goers yesterday and Sunday.

GOWD committee member Jonny Sherman said he will suggest moving the festival to Fourth of July weekend.

"We would have more stable weather conditions," Sherman said as he stood soaking wet at Sunday's street festival.

Sherman said having the festival during Fourth of July weekend would give people something to do in Craig, instead of going to Meeker or Steamboat Springs for the holiday.

"We could keep that revenue here in town," Sherman said.

Sherman wasn't the only person to suggest changing the festival's weekend after Monday's storms.

"That's been a popular suggestion all day long," GOWD committee member Carol Wilson said.

Wilson said she is definitely open to changing the date.

But changing to a busy weekend, such as July 4, Wilson said, could result in people going to other events, instead of GOWD.

"Are people going to come to this one?" Wilson asked.

Jackie Roberts, owner of Under the Aspen Tree and a GOWD committee member, said that the festival should change weekends but that July 4 is the wrong weekend because there is already too much going on.

GOWD committee member Nadine Daszkiewicz said that the committee will talk about changing the date but that the weather always could be a problem.

"I don't know that you can ever guarantee the weather," Daszkiewicz said.

Despite rain during the street festival Monday and the chili cook-off Sunday, Daszkiewicz said the festival went well.

"Look at all these people," she said as she pointed to the crowd on Yampa Avenue after yesterday's rains.

The chili cook-off Sunday gave more than 130 mugs to taste testers and raised $400 for The Memorial Hospital, all during a downpour.

"People in Craig are tough," Daszkiewicz said.

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