Tractors move snow Thursday at the Wyman Museum in preparation for the annual Vintage Snowmobile Show and X-treme Mountain Racing.  The event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Photo by Hans Hallgren

Tractors move snow Thursday at the Wyman Museum in preparation for the annual Vintage Snowmobile Show and X-treme Mountain Racing. The event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Racing, cook-offs and sleds, oh my

Winter Festival this Saturday and Sunday at Wyman Museum

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— There's so much planned for the Wyman Museum's Winter Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Museum Curator Nicky Boulger can't keep it all straight.

With some clarifications, though, Boulger outlined what she expects to be a full weekend.

"I just think it's going to be a fun-filled weekend for everybody," she said. "We have things for grandpa and things for the kids. This is for the whole family, it really is."

The Western Ride-in and Antique Snowmobile Show, and X-treme Mountain Racing snowmobile races, kick off Saturday's events.

Racing will continue Sunday.

There are separate races for all age groups, said Rayden Gates, 11, whose father, Brent, is the race director.

Rayden plans to enter every race he can, he said, even the extra kid's challenge Sunday.

"It's pretty much just an excuse for the kids to come out and race again," Rayden said.

The snowmobile races had 45 people signed up by 3 p.m. Thursday, said Myra Gates, Rayden's mother. Of those, six are from the local area.

"If anyone else wants to sign up, they just have to be here at 7:30 that morning," Myra said.

Race registration lasts from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Saturday, or people can call Teresa Stoffle at 824-7848.

Contestants race for trophies and other prizes, including Craig Chamber of Commerce Spree Dollars.

If snowmobiles don't tickle the fancy of some people out there, Boulger said, they might be interested in cross-country skiing. The Wyman Museum is clearing a mile-long track for people to enjoy.

Or, they might just want to fix up a cardboard sled.

Saturday's sled derby is open to anyone who brings one, Boulger said. Judges will award a prize for most original design at 2 p.m., before racing begins.

The fastest sled also will receive a prize.

Two cook-offs spice up the festival, one planned for each day.

On Saturday, the Chamber-sponsored chili cook-off at 11 a.m. will pit any resident's brand against others. Winners get trophies and prizes.

Sunday brings in the local hunting guides and outfitters for two 11 a.m. contests: One for best entree and one for deserts.

"That's going to be a kick in the pants," Boulger said.

The "best camp cook" will get a trophy and an apron declaring their achievement, and also a cookbook.

Other food will be provided by J.W. Snacks on Saturday and the Wyman Museum on Sunday.

Both days will feature professional ice carvers out of Denver, too, Boulger said.

"You name it, they can carve it," she said.

And if the kids don't like any of that, the museum plans to have a children's sledding hill and children's events throughout the day.

It's a big project to put this on, and the museum couldn't have done it by itself, Boulger said.

"Without the help of businesses here, we couldn't have done it," she said. "Everybody really came together to help this event go."

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