Special days ahead in Craig

City to host more than 130 Special Olympics athletes Friday and Saturday

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The city of Craig plays host to more than 130 Special Olympics athletes Friday and Saturday as the chosen site of the Western Area Summer Games.

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds with a Western Olympic town and petting zoo.

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Athletes from Wyoming, Utah and across the Western Slope will compete in track and field, swimming and power lifting competitions at Moffat County High School.

Julie Fite, Western Slope manager for Special Olympics Colorado, said there were a great number of athletes in the area last year and is hoping for 130 this weekend.

Before a 7 to 8 a.m. breakfast Saturday, power lifters must weigh in at the Veterans of For-eign Wars at 419 Victory Way.

Volunteer and athlete registration runs from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday, and the Opening Ceremonies are slated for 9 a.m.

In addition to host MCHS, the Craig Kiwanis Club, VFW Auxiliary and the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse sponsor the hundreds of expected athletes and their families.

Fite said a lot of hotels donate rooms and local restaurants provide meals.

"We are a non-profit agency, but, granted, we have families that rent hotel rooms, eat meals and will be contributing to the economy," Fite said of Special Olympics.

Craig resident Jim Herschberg is in charge of the activities at MCHS.

For more information, contact specialolympics.org.

Drew Turner can be reached at 824-7031, ext 211, or aturner@craigdailypress.com

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