If you go
What: Warrior Freestyle Extreme Stunt Show
When: 1 p.m. Sunday
Where: Moffat County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $15 at the door, children age 5 and younger get in free. The performers plan to appear at McDonald's at 1080 W. Victory Way at about 3 p.m. Saturday after the Craig Lions Club parade ends.
Carol Wilson, treasurer for the Grand Ole West Days Steering Committee, understands how people might not see the connection between a celebration of the Old West and a highflying motocross stunt show.
"I was a skeptic myself," Wilson said. "But not everybody is into cowboys and stuff. Being completely western is good, but if you put on a good show, no one cares."
And putting on a good show is the point, she added.
At 1 p.m. Sunday, Warrior Freestyle Extreme Stunt Shows plans to bring three to four riders and one big ramp to the Moffat County Fairgrounds, courtesy of two Moffat County High School graduates. Tickets for the show are $15 at the door, and children age 5 and younger get in free.
Henry Billet, who graduated in 1997, and Josh McCollum, a 1995 graduate, started Warrior Promotions about eight years ago.
Billet said the business came out of their love for dirt bikes, and it was an easy transition to make.
The two used to constantly ride around the county in places such as Black Mountain and Sand Wash Basin. It's good to be back, Billet said, even if he and McCollum won't have time to hit up the old spots.
"It's kind of exciting to get back and show people how we've evolved," Billet said. "Our business has changed and gotten bigger and stronger over the years. We can show how the riders have evolved and gotten better, doing more amazing things."
Wilson was shocked the first time she saw the show.
"There's flips and twists, and every rider kind of has their own specialty," she said. "It's constant, non-stop almost. It's crazy."
After being so captivated, Wilson can excuse the gas-powered show's break from Old West tradition.
It seems the rest of Craig can, too, she added.
"It's more new west than Old West," Wilson said. "I remember last year seeing one of the Warrior guys walking out onto the arena after the bull riders had just finished. He walked up to one of the cowboys and the two shook hands, like he was congratulating the cowboy on a good job. When you think about it, what they do is kind of the same."
The motocross show and bull riding competition are two of the weekend's events that Wilson is most looking forward to.
"I think they're all going to put on a great show," she said.
Billet has no doubt his riders will be ready to impress. Even after years of working inside the motocross business, he said he is constantly amazed at the unique styles new riders bring to the sport.
"People should come out and see the back flip and some of the best riders in the nation right now," Billet said. "It going to be just like everything they see on TV, but it's going to be live and in your face - just hopefully, no bad wrecks."