New events lend flavor to Grand Olde West Days

After a long weekend filled with events, Grand Olde West Days chairwoman Kandee Dilldine said she and her organizing committee are taking a much-needed month off.

However, that doesn’t mean ideas for next year’s celebration aren’t already churning.

“We had a few minor problems, but on my end, the weekend was a huge success,” Dilldine said of Grand Olde West Days, which concluded Monday in downtown Craig.

As the street festival wrapped up Monday night, it marked the end of the three-day event that included activities such as bull riding, cowboy action shooting and a car show.

One of the new activities, a pie-eating contest in the middle of the street festival, had people split into four groups as they tried to eat their way to top honors.

“It did better than I could have hoped,” Dilldine said. “We filled every group except one, and the crowd to watch it was huge.”

An idea for next year’s Grand Olde West Days that Dilldine said she is already working on is putting pie-eating contestants on a raised platform to make sure everyone in the crowd can see.

Camel rides were also new this year, and just as the pie-eating contest was a success, so were the camels, Dilldine said.

“I talked to the person in charge of the camels, and she said that there was a line all day,” she said.

The Lane Frost Challenge Bull Riding and a draft horse show both attracted big crowds, as well.

Mardi Anson, who was in charge of the horse show, said feedback was positive and that she would love to bring the horses back next year.

“It was a little smaller this first year,” Anson said. “But, everyone had a good time and said they wanted to do it again.”

About 550 people attended the Lane Frost Challenge and around 5,000 people made it out for the street festival, Dilldine said.

The bull riding competition has a more unclear future.

“We are trying to decide if we should bring back bull riding, which we have had for two years, or bring in a bigger music star and have a concert on a larger scale than the free ones,” Dilldine said.

Dilldine said she had numerous helpers throughout the weekend, and even when she couldn’t attend an event, she had help.

“Carol (Wilson) helped out on Sunday when I was unable to be there,” Dilldine said. “I had many people helping to make sure things ran smoothly.”

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