Grand Olde West Days, which take place at the end of the month, will include the Lane Frost Challenge Bull Riding event May 29 and a draft horse show May 30. Both events will take place at the Moffat County Fairgrounds arena.

Grand Olde West Days, which take place at the end of the month, will include the Lane Frost Challenge Bull Riding event May 29 and a draft horse show May 30. Both events will take place at the Moffat County Fairgrounds arena.

Grand Olde West Days start May 29

Schedule of events for Grand Olde West Days

Saturday, May 29

• 8 a.m. — Antique Tractor Pull on Breeze Street behind ReMax.

• 9 a.m. Cowboy Action Shoot at Bears Ears Sportsman Club

• 11 a.m. — Brown’s Carnival at the Moffat County Fairgrounds

• 2 p.m. — Craig Lions Club Parade starting at Craig Middle School

• 7 p.m. — Lane Frost Challenge Bull Riding at the Moffat County Fairgrounds arena

• 9 p.m. — Dance at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion featuring Cabin Fever

Sunday, May 30

• 8 a.m. — Antique Tractor Pull on Breeze Street behind ReMax

• 9 a.m. — Cowboy Action Shoot at Bears Ears Sportsman Club

• 9 a.m. — Draft Horse Show and jackpot feed competition at the Moffat County Fairgrounds arena

• 11 a.m. — Brown’s Carnival at the Moffat County Fairgrounds

Monday, May 31

• 8 a.m. — Antique Tractor Pull on Breeze Street behind ReMax

• 8 a.m. — Flapjack Feed at Independent Living Center parking lot

• 9 a.m. — Street festival in downtown Craig

• 11 a.m. — Brown’s Carnival at the Moffat County Fairgrounds

• Noon — Reveille 3 – Andrews Sisters Tribute at Museum of Northwest Colorado

• 1:30 p.m. — Brad Lee Schroeder concert at Alice Pleasant Park.

A primary goal for organizers of this year’s Grand Olde West Days celebration is to provide a fun community event for area residents and, hopefully, avoid the rain.

Event staples like tractor pulls, a carnival, bull riding and the Craig Lions Club parade will again be featured, but new activities have been added, organizers said.

The 20th annual Grand Olde West Days celebration is scheduled for May 29 through May 31.

Event chairwoman Kandee Dilldine and her crew of about seven volunteers have spent the past year organizing the event. The organization is difficult, she said, but the payout lies in providing a family-friendly event to the community.

“It’s stressful because there is so much to do, but I really enjoy it,” Dilldine said. “It’s a great community event.”

The team of volunteers not only organize the event, but also help by setting up tents, selling tickets and conducting the post-event clean-up.

This year, 12 arts and crafts vendors will accompany seven food vendors during a street festival May 31, or Memorial Day.

There will also be a bungee trampoline and pony rides during the street festival, and camel rides will be a new addition for local children to enjoy.

A draft horse show is also a new addition to Grand Olde West Days. It’s scheduled to take place the morning of May 30 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Mardi Anson is helping put on the horse show. She said the event should be fun for participants and spectators.

“Along with the show, there are also farm team races, which should be fun,” Anson said.

“We are going more for farm and ranch style because that is what we are here in Craig.”

Dilldine said past Grand Olde West Days events have been saturated by rainy conditions, adding that some have even nicknamed the event, “Grand Olde Wet Days.”

This year, she’s holding out hope that the weather cooperates and leads to a successful outing.

“It will be hard to gauge success,” Dilldine said. “It’s hard to tell how many people there are and if they are having a good time.

“But, if people are walking around until the end and it doesn’t rain, I’d say it was a success.”

For more information on the event, visit www.grandoldewestdays.com.

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