Craig's Centennial coins on sale now as part of celebration

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— Coins commemorating the city of Craig's Centennial are now on sale.

Just in time for the holidays.

"We wanted to give people the opportunity to purchase those for stocking stuffers," said Ray Beck, Centennial Board member and Craig City Councilor.

Craig was incorporated on April 21, 1908, and the coins are one way the Centennial Committee, a group of residents preparing for the event, plan to celebrate the town's 100th birthday.

Other events include 100 days of celebration after the town turns 100 on April 21, 2008. These celebrations include hosting a concert, fireworks, an air fest and a golf tournament. Events still are in the works, and more information will be released in the next couple of months.

The coins, which were designed by Identity Graphics, are the first merchandise to go on sale as part of Craig's Centennial.

The coins cost $8 each. One side of the coin depicts an elk.

"We based our logo on the 'Elk Hunting Capital of the World,'" Beck said.

The other side is a depiction of the Center of Craig.

"Everyone knows where it's at, it's a common point of interest and people use it," he said.

Coins can be purchased at City Hall, the Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

Proceeds from the coins will go toward the $96,000 budgeted for the 2008 celebration.

"We don't have that money currently," Beck said. "We are in the process of making that money."

Other businesses are welcome to sell the coins, which can be picked up at City Hall. The coins can be signed out or paid for up front, City Manager Jim Ferree said.

Other merchandise also has been approved to commemorate the celebration, including hats, shirts and coffee cups.

Hats will be available in two colors, black and tan, with the Centennial logo on the front. There also are two styles of hats. They cost $13 each, and "there is a good possibility" they will be ready for sale before Christmas, Beck said.

The shirts cost $17 and will come in two colors, red and tan, with the logo on the front. They are not expected to be ready until January or February.

The coffee cups will cost $7 and adorn the logo. No time frame has been established for their release.

The main fundraising operation for the celebration is expected to be sponsorships, which come in four categories: Platinum, donations of $10,000 or more; Gold, $3,000; Silver, $500; and Bronze, $200.

Christina Currie, Chamber executive director and Cen-

tennial Board member, said more than $10,000 has been raised through sponsorships and that the goal is to raise between $70,000 and $90,000.

"That ($10,000) number does not include some of our significant sponsors," Currie added.

Currie said the group is waiting to release the final offer of what different sponsor levels will get until who will play at the Centennial concert is set.

She said the packages will include event memorabilia, tickets and advertising, including the opportunity for sponsors to display banners at all Centennial events.

"And since we're celebrating for 100 days, the exposure is pretty extensive," she said.

Those interested in becoming an event sponsor should call Currie at 824-5689.

The first event for the celebration is a beard-growing contest, which is scheduled to start Jan. 12. More details are to come.

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