Grand Olde West Days begins this weekend in Craig

Schedule

Grand Olde West Days Rides Again! schedule of events:

Saturday

• 9 a.m. — Antique tractor pull, 300 block of Breeze Street

• Noon — Brown’s Amusement carnival, Moffat County Fairgrounds

• 2 p.m. — Grand Olde West Days parade, along Yampa Avenue and Victory Way

• 9 p.m. to midnight — Community dance with live music by Cabin Fever, Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion (admission is $5)

Sunday

• 9 a.m. — Antique tractor pull, 300 block of Breeze Street

• CANCELED — 9 a.m. — Draft horse show and jackpot feed team race, Moffat County Fairgrounds arena

• Noon — Brown’s Amusement carnival, Moffat County Fairgrounds

Monday

• 7 a.m. — 5K Fun Run sign-in, 595 Russell St.

• 7 a.m. — Car show registration, 400 block of Yampa Avenue

• 8 a.m. — Moffat County High School girls basketball pancake breakfast, 400 block of Yampa Avenue

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Street festival in downtown Craig with live music by Cabin Fever, Four to Play, The Yampa Valley Boys, Stray Grass, Pineapple Crackers and Bob La Ford; exhibits at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 595 Yampa Ave.; community car show; food and craft vendors; magic balloon art by Ed Aragoni; children’s activities; contests; and a beer garden.

• 11 a.m. — Memorial Day ceremony, Craig cemetery

—For more information on all the weekend events, contact organizer Kandee Dilldine at 824-2151 or visit www.grandoldewest...>

EVENT UPDATE: Grand Olde West Days’ horse show postponed

The second annual Draft Horse Show & Jackpot Feed Team Race will not be part of this year’s Grand Olde West Days activities. The temporary cancellation is a precautionary measure against the spread of the disease EHV-1 among horses.

The show, originally scheduled for 9 a.m. Sunday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Arena, will be tentatively moved to Aug. 7, coordinator Mardi Anson said.

“We’re hoping there won’t be any more problems with the virus then,” Anson said.

For more information, call Anson at 824-0382.

In recent years, Kandee Dilldine has seen varying attendance numbers for Grand Olde West Days, one of Northwest Colorado’s signature events of the year.

But, while not every event sees the optimal turnout, she knows everyone involved is ready to get right back on the horse planning for next year.

So, this time around, she wanted the name to reflect that spirit.

Beginning Saturday, Grand Olde West Days Rides Again! will offer area residents the chance for plenty of Memorial Day weekend activities.

Now in its 21st year, the event is one of the area’s biggest tourist draws as “the annual kickoff to summer.”

Dilldine, a member of the planning committee, said the “Rides Again!” part of the name was added this year to show how much of a tradition GOWD has become in the last two decades.

“When it first started out, it was little and then it peaked and became such a huge event,” she said. “It’s been kind of scaled back a lot so I just came up with that theme of, ‘Yeah, we’re still here, we’re still going, and it’s going to go again.’”

Despite the name modification, the schedule of activities will stay largely the same. Brown’s Amusement carnival, hosted by the Craig Chamber of Commerce, will be set up at the Moffat County Fairgrounds starting Thursday, while the weekend will start with an antique tractor pull on the 300 block of Breeze Street sponsored by the Yampa Valley Antique Power Club.

Other Saturday activities include the GOWD parade at 2 p.m. along Yampa Avenue and Victory Way, sponsored by the Craig Lions Club, and a community dance from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, put on by the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrot Heads.

The weekend will progress with a draft horse show at 9 a.m. Sunday at the fairgrounds arena and a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at Craig Cemetery. But, not all the favorite events of previous years will be available.

“One big difference is we don’t have a concert or a bull-riding event, so that’s kind of a negative,” she said.

The positive, Dilldine said, is that the weekend will still be chock full of musical entertainment, with Steamboat Springs country duo The Yampa Valley Boys, Colorado-based Hawaiian reggae fusion band Pineapple Crackers and Grand Junction bluegrass group Stray Grass among the acts scheduled to play at Monday’s street festival.

The live music will only be part of the festival, with magician and balloon artist Ed Aragoni making an appearance during the day, along with other features like pony rides, a bungee trampoline, contests and plenty of food and craft vendors.

Dilldine said the street festival is the biggest attraction, with at least 3,000 people showing up every year. She is still fielding calls from people wanting to participate as vendors.

“A lot of people wait until they have the chance to see the seven-day forecast for the week,” she said. “But, the rain never stops us.”

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