22nd annual Grand Olde West Days offers full weekend of activities

Grand Olde West Days 2012 schedule

(Event — Time, location)

Thursday

Brown's Amusements Carnival — noon, Moffat County Fairgrounds

Friday

Brown's Amusements Carnival — noon, Moffat County Fairgrounds

Saturday

Cowboy Action Shoot — 8 a.m., Bears Ears Sportsman Club

Yampa Valley Antique Power Club Antique tractor pull — 8 a.m., Breeze Street 300 block

Brown's Amusements Carnival — noon, Moffat County Fairgrounds

Grand Olde West Days Parade — 4 p.m., Yampa Avenue, Victory Way, Ledford Street

Community dance — 9 p.m., Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion

Sunday

Cowboy Action Shoot — 8 a.m., Bears Ears Sportsman Club

Draft Horse Show — 8 a.m., Moffat County Fairgrounds

Yampa Valley Antique Power Club Antique tractor pull — 9 a.m., Breeze Street 300 block

Brown's Amusements Carnival — noon, Moffat County Fairgrounds

Community barbecue —5 p.m., Moffat County Fairgrounds

Concert with Doug Kershaw — 6 p.m., Moffat County Fairgrounds

Monday

Car show — 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., 400 block of Yampa Avenue

5K Fun Run sign-in — 7:30 a.m., Kinder Family Clinic

Flapjack feed fundraiser — 8 a.m., downtown Craig

Street festival — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., downtown Craig

VFW and American Legion Memorial Day observation ceremony — 11 a.m., Craig Cemetery

Brown's Amusements Carnival — noon, Moffat County Fairgrounds

—Admission to the dance is $5. Admission to the community barbecue, sponsored by Brother’s Custom Processing, is $8. Concert tickets, available at the Craig Chamber of Commerce and KS Kreations, are $20 in advance, $25 at the door or $30 advance for VIP reserved seating and two free drinks. The street fair will include food and drink vendors; live music from Yampa Valley Boys, Four to Play, Bob LaFord, Pineapple Crackers and Mary Kaye; family activities like pony rides and a bungee trampoline; a beer garden sponsored by the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrot Heads; and more. Events are subject to change. For more information, call 824-5689 or visit grandoldewestdays.com.

As Memorial Day approaches, residents of Northwest Colorado have much to look forward to during the three-day holiday weekend.

The 22nd annual Grand Olde West Days has a schedule packed with events for all tastes and all ages this weekend, from gunslinger lovers who attend nationally sanctioned Cowboy Action Shoot hosted by the Bears Ears Sportsman Club Saturday and Sunday to the families who always attend the carnival at the Moffat County Fairgrounds provided by Brown’s Amusements from Thursday to Monday.

Organizer Kandee Dilldine said the return of several other events that were sorely missed last year, such as Sunday morning’s Draft Horse Show, which was canceled due to an outbreak of an equine virus, and Saturday’s parade through town, will likely mean big crowds.

“I think people will really enjoy the parade, especially since we didn’t have it last year,” Dilldine said. “It’s sponsored by the Downtown Business Association this year, and we’ll have stuff like firetrucks and the marching band, and one new thing we’ll be doing is having some of the Meeker Range Call royalty riding their horses.”

Setup for the parade starts at 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Craig Middle School before officially beginning at 4 p.m. The route runs down Yampa Avenue, turns right onto Victory Way and right on Ledford Street before ending at Sandrock Ridge.

The weekend continues with get-togethers like a community dance Saturday night at the Pavilion and a barbecue hosted by Brother’s Custom Processing Sunday afternoon at the Fairgrounds.

Dilldine said many people she has talked to are looking forward to the Sunday night concert at the Fairgrounds by Doug Kershaw, known as the Ragin’ Cajun.

“He’s got kind of a bayou style, and he’s a really good fiddle player,” she said.

Music plays an important part in Monday’s downtown street festival, which starts at 9 a.m. amid other activities like the 5K Fun Run hosted by Holistic Health and Fitness, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s pancake breakfast fundraiser and the fourth annual car show.

People who show up can expect live tunes from returning musicians like Yampa Valley Boys, Four to Play and Pineapple Crackers, as well as Mary Kaye, a Utah-based country singer new to the GOWD scene.

“They’ll be playing in the museum, Alice Pleasant Park and Mathers’ parking lot,” Dilldine said.

Though poor weather led to a small turnout for the festival last year, Dilldine said it will take a lot to resist everything going on Monday, which includes a lot of family activities like a bungee trampoline, pony rides, performances by balloon artist Ed Aragoni and many more features.

“It’ll definitely be busy,” she said.

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