If you go
What: Three Dog Night/Firefall concert
Where: Moffat County Fairgrounds
When: 7 p.m. today
• The gates for the show will open at 5:30 p.m., with tickets on sale for $20 from 4:30 p.m. until they are sold out. For more information, call the Craig Chamber of Commerce at 824-5689.
As the stage goes up at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, Dave Pike, Craig Parks and Recreation director, reflects on the months of planning involved in tonight's concert - the amount of money paid to the performers, the extensive setup involved in constructing the stage and the excitement of the show.
Musical groups Three Dog Night and Firefall will take the stage as part of Craig's centennial celebration. With a budget of more than $50,000, the concert is the most expensive event of the centennial.
Christina Currie, Chamber of Commerce executive director and centennial committee member, said the concert's ticket sales would hopefully cover the costs of staging the event.
"The amount of tickets we sell offsets the money spent by the city," Currie said. "Sales are really going well. We've gotten about 65 sales online, and people from all over Colorado, Wyoming and Utah are coming. We've even sold some to people in Houston, Texas."
Online sales were stopped Sunday because committee members could not guarantee that customers would receive tickets in the mail in time.
Although she was unable to commit to a final number, Currie estimated that more than 2,000 tickets have been sold. A total of 3,200 tickets sold will qualify the concert as a sold-out event.
Tickets will be available for $20 at the Fairgrounds beginning at 4:30 p.m., and will be sold as long as necessary.
"It's been a busy time for the planning committee, and we expect it to pay off," Currie said. "The concert has been the committee's idea of the highlight of the centennial. We've spent the most time and money on it, and I think it's unique because a concert of this magnitude is a big feat for a small committee."
As the event's primary organizer, Pike has dealt with everyone from the musicians to the technicians.
"The bands have been the most expensive," Pike said. "Then, there's $18,400 for everything else - the stage, the lights, the sound equipment, all the people that run it. There's tons of stuff that has to be done on this."
Pike also has been in contact with musical supplier Backline to provide the bands with backup instruments in case the musicians need replacements during the concert.
"We've had to rent everything," he said.
With all the preparation involved, Pike said he is looking forward to the show.
"So far so good, as long as the weather permits it," he said. "I can't think of anything better than seeing two well-known bands like these."
After the concert, Craig Fire/Rescue will stage a fireworks display to end the night.
Andy Bockelman can be reached at 875-1796 or firstname.lastname@example.org