Centennial celebration draws nearer

Committee has big plans for birthday

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— Anytime a city turns 100, it's a milestone to celebrate, Craig Mayor Don Jones said. Jones met with like-minded people Aug. 15 for the Craig 100th Birthday Committee.

The committee set tentative dates for events to last six months through spring and summer.

"We wanted to kind of spread it out a little," Jones said. "We want the people here to be able to do things all through the spring instead of just have it all packed together."

The celebrations are planned to kickoff Jan. 12 - 100 days before Craig's actual birthday on April 21 - with Brothers of the Bush, which is a beard- and mustache-growing contest.

That event is modeled after something the city did 50 years ago to celebrate the 50th anniversary, Jones said.

Festivities are planned to wrap up with a golf tournament July 20, and a live music concert the following weekend. Music acts have not been finalized.

Between April and July, the committee is planning for a cornucopia of commemorations, including a barbeque, an air show at the Craig-Moffat Airport, a wine tasting and other similar events, Jones said.

The committee is taking some inspiration from Grand Junction's 125th Anniversary Celebration, said Dave Pike, Craig Parks and Recreation director.

Pike looked at Grand Junction's revenues and decided to model the sponsorship campaign after that one. Pike plans to divide sponsors into three tiers, with higher-paying sponsors earning more prominence in the advertising.

To come up with events, Pike researched other centennial celebrations around the country. He wrote down whatever he found interesting and brought it back to the committee to advance the brainstorming.

Pike mentioned one possibility is to have a citywide potluck.

"We talked about calling it 'A Taste of Craig,'" Pike said. "Everyone would bring their ethnic foods, and we could have that downtown."

Jones is excited to bring something grand and positive to a town he has lived in for a long time.

Looking into the future, he expects the 101st birthday to be a bright one, too.

"I'm looking forward to the growth," he said. "The big companies have done their homework, and they can see we're on the upswing. I think it's great."

The mayor said he has seen good times become bad times before, but he thinks this is different because the city is better prepared for growth.

"As long as we keep the regulations we have in place so we don't let growth in the city get out of hand, we'll do good," Jones said. "In the prior booms, we haven't had a lot of tools in place, and things got built up without any oversight and we had to pay for those things down the line."

The committee will meet again in September.

Comments

kitzhopper 7 years, 4 months ago

A 100-year anniversary is a very important milestone for a community. It seems to me that it ought to last the entire year, with some kind of event each month. There are enough organizations that each one could be in charge of 1 month. Those of us who call Craig our hometown, even though we don't live there anymore, might want to attend some of the events through the summer and fall months. If you cut off the celebration in June it will make it less likely that some of us "tourists" will be able to take full advantage of celebrating the anniversary. Linda Gooch

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