The Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer with the celebration of Grand Olde West Days in Craig. The event runs May 26 to 29 and includes a car show, bull riding, parades and music, topped off with craft and food booths.
The Craig Chamber of Commerce will sponsor Brown's Amusements Carnival, which will set up at the Moffat County Fairgrounds the evening of May 25 and run through the evening of May 29. Fairgoers can purchase a daily "all-you-can-ride" pass for $15, and food booths will be set up along the midway.
May 26 will feature sidewalk sales along Yampa Avenue with wares on display from downtown businesses. The Memorial Hospital will hold its annual 5K run/walk event at 6 p.m. May 26, and the evening will cap off with a sock hop at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion featuring the Strolling Scones for a $7 admission fee.
On May 27, the Colorado Cruisers Regional Car Show will be at the Wyman Living History Ranch and Museum, east of Craig on U.S. Highway 40.
Entrants will be eligible to win in 15 categories including four-wheel drives, pickups and muscle cars. Prizes include truck and a Chevrolet engine.
The show will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will culminate with cars driving in the parade from downtown to Centennial Mall at 4:30 p.m.
Registration forms are available at The Copy Shop, and proceeds will benefit Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Abuse.
An antique tractor pull is at 1 p.m. on East Victory Way on May 27, 28 and 29, featuring 75 vintage farming machines dating back to 1931 and bleachers for spectators.
A cowboy action shoot will be May 27 and 28 at the Bears Ears Sportsman's Club shooting range north of Craig on Moffat County Road 7. Participants are timed in old West shooting events, including shooting from a wagon seat, or avenging a recently gunned-down partner.
At 7 p.m. May 27, the Professional Bull Riders Discovery Tour comes to the Moffat County Fairgrounds, with 40 riders fighting for points on the pro-circuit tour. Advance tickets are $12 at City Market, the Craig Chamber of Commerce, Neolithics and Under the Aspen Tree. The cost at the gate is $15.
Chariot races are scheduled for May 27 and 28 on the track at the fairgrounds, and crafts and food will be for sale at the roping barn.
On May 28, a chili cook-off sponsored by the Craig Daily Press runs from 4 to 6 p.m. at the fairgrounds. A concert featuring local musicians is at 7 p.m. in the roping barn.
An all-day street festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 29 features live music throughout the day by Brenn Hill, the Academy of Western Artists male vocalist of the year, The Yampa Valley Boys, Montana's singing cowboy T.J. Casey, Legacy and Hired Gun.
Memorial Day service
The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion hold a Memorial Day service at the Craig Cemetery at 11 a.m. May 29.
Also on May 29, and new this year, are bed races down the streets of downtown Craig with three pushers and a rider who will be changing clothes from a suitcase mid-race. The event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce ambassadors, and awards will be presented to the best decorated bed or team and the fastest team.
Dutch oven cook-off
Also May 29 is a Dutch oven cook-off, featuring old-time cooking styles and recipes.
A number of craft and food booths will line Yampa Avenue with items including old metal signs, wire-wrapped jewelry and Western photos of attending children. A train ride, temporary tattoos and inflatable play areas for children also are planned.
Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext.207, or firstname.lastname@example.org.