The finalized Craig Centennial poster is expected to go to print this week. The poster will be hung in local businesses, and 10 commemorative posters also will be produced, which will be signed by the artist, numbered and auctioned off.

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The finalized Craig Centennial poster is expected to go to print this week. The poster will be hung in local businesses, and 10 commemorative posters also will be produced, which will be signed by the artist, numbered and auctioned off.

Picture this: Centennial moving forward

Posters printing, play progressing, beards growing

— With a little more than two weeks remaining until Craig celebrates its 100th birthday, the Centennial Committee is putting its final touches on the celebration.

An 18-inch-by-24-inch poster was finalized at the committee's Tuesday evening meeting.

The poster features a watercolor painting by Deanna Jo Messing and logo designed by Troy DeRose at Identity Graphics. It is expected to go to print sometime this week, said Dave Pike, Parks & Recreation director and Craig Centennial committee member.

The 200 to 300 posters printed for the first run on a high-quality color glossy stock will be hung in the windows of businesses around town, Pike said.

Ten posters, signed by the artist and numbered, will be auctioned off to help raise money for the centennial celebration.

The commemorative posters will not include the schedule of events - just the painting and logo.

One poster featuring a calendar of events will be placed in the time capsule.

"It was a great choice," Mayor Don Jones said of the poster. "It looks good."

Bresnan Communications also will produce an ad for the Centennial that will use historic photos from the Museum of Northwest Colorado. Three Dog Night's "Celebrate" will be used as background music for the commercial.

Tickets are not available for the Three Dog Night concert, which will be July 12 at the Moffat County Fair Grounds. However, they will be available soon at the Chamber and online at www.Craig-Chamber.com.

The committee is waiting for an assessment of the grounds capacity to know how many attendees can be accommodated before going ahead with sales.

Black Mountain Threatre's "The Great Diamond Swindle of 1872" is the first centennial event and is scheduled for April 11 and 12. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Elk Run Inn, 627 W. Victory Way, and Hems and Hers, 33 W. Victory Way.

The beard-growing contest draws to a close on the birthday, with judging and a speech from Jones, as well as an unveiling of the exhibit at the museum.

Budget for the centennial is on track at the moment, Pike said, but, "our biggest expenses are yet to come."

He added the committee could always use more sponsors.

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