Festival a 'mixed bag'

Organizers: Some GOWD events great, others not

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For the organizers of Grand Olde West Days, this year's four days of fun had its ups and downs.

Some events, such as Sunday night's rock concert and Saturday night's bull riding, had great turnouts, organizers said.

But other events, such as Friday's sock hop, had disappointing attendance.

"It has been kind of a mixed bag," said Carol Wilson, the lead organizer of the weekend's festivities.

Friday's sock hop was the first of its kind in Grand Olde West Days' 16 years, but the turnout wasn't what organizers had hoped for.

"The turnout was very, very sad," Wilson said. "We just don't know what the answer is to promote something like that."

Wilson said the people who went enjoyed the event.

Jackie Roberts, another organizer of the festival, said the problem with Friday's dance might have been that people aren't as interested in dances as they once were.

"I don't know if they have gone by the wayside or what," she said.

A lack of interest forced organizers to cancel Monday's bed races and chariot races.

But there was plenty for organizers and festival-goers to smile about.

Sunday night's rock concert at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion was a huge success, organizers said.

"The concert was phenomenal," organizer Jonny Sherman said.

Wilson said the concert was great because families and people of all ages were there having a good time.

Plus, there was a mosh pit and plenty of loud music.

"Where else are you going to get something like that in Craig?" Wilson said.

Saturday's bull riding also was a success, Wilson said.

This was the first year that Grand Olde West Days' bull riding was sanctioned by the Professional Bull Riding Association.

Wilson said having the event sanctioned as a professional competition made for a better turnout.

Roberts said moving the bull riding to Sunday instead of Saturday might make the event more successful.

Moffat County High School's graduation was Saturday.

Roberts said many people she talked to had graduation parties to attend, so they couldn't make it to the bull riding.

This is Wilson's last year as lead organizer for Grand Olde West Days.

She said organizers will take about a month off and then start planning for next year's celebration.

"Every year, we take what happens and hope for the best," she said.

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