Planning Craig's centennial

Committee discusses entertainment, parade for next year

Landing top-notch entertainment is a priority of the Craig 100th Birthday Committee.

A handful of interested community members turned out for the first committee meeting Wednesday evening, where Mayor Don Jones said he'd like a headliner concert to make the centennial special.

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"My ideal goal is to get Garth Brooks here, but that's probably not going to happen," Jones said.

Carol Jacobson of the Down-town Business Association said it can't hurt to ask the committee's ideal performers to come to Craig.

"What's the worst they could say? 'No?'" she said.

Craig was incorporated April 21, 1908, and the committee is planning celebrations for April 21, 2008, and the 100 days following.

Some ideas presented included fireworks over a body of water, a golf tournament, a moonshine contest and a parade. Another idea was planting 100 trees.

The group also discussed hosting a poster design contest, building a logo and ordering lamppost banners, which would all carry similar themes. The committee considered creating 100th birthday souvenirs, placing signs on Craig buildings that are 100 years or older and including 100 days of historical tidbits in the newspaper.

Time capsules at Craig City Hall and Moffat County Courthouse will be opened on the centennial, and the committee discussed what types of items should be placed in the capsules.

Christina Currie, executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, suggested having a Taste of Craig food festival, possibly with a beer-tasting event, to celebrate the centennial. The group agreed the event should focus on Craig's diversity now and when the city was incorporated.

Community member Beth Gilchrist said she thinks the city should incorporate contests and events that were celebrated during the 25th, 50th and 75th anniversaries. Some ideas included a women's fashion show, a play highlighting the area's history and a men's beard-growing contest.

"I think it'd be fun to keep some of the original flavor," Gilchrist said.

Jones said Hayden spent $25,000 on its centennial celebration last year. And if the committee expects to draw a big-name performer, its members need to start seeking donations and sponsorships soon.

The Craig 100th Birthday Committee agreed to start working on some small centennial projects and meet again at 6:30 p.m. June 6 at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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