Editorial: Worthy of support

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After having to cancel the snowmobile events last year, this year’s Wyman’s Winter Festival is set to take place at full strength this weekend at the museum east of Craig on U.S. Highway 40. The editorial board encourages residents to attend and support this annual event.

Editorial board members:

• Matt Beckett

— Community representative

• Brad King

— Community representative

• Allan Reishus

— Community representative

• Brent Boyer

— Newspaper representative

• Scott Stanford

— Newspaper representative

Wyman’s Winter Festival is fast becoming a strong tradition in Craig, and we urge residents to come out, have a good time and support the event.

The seventh annual festival runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Wyman Living History Museum, two miles east of Craig on US Highway 40.

Some of the events at the festival include a chili cook-off, draft horse pulls, a sledding hill, ice carving, pond hockey and plenty of food and vendors. But the big attractions are the snowmobile events, including the vintage snowmobile show, Snocross racing, oval track racing and a freestyle show featuring X Games bronze medalist Justin Hoyer.

The sixth annual Winter Festival had to be curtailed last year due to a lack of snow. But all of the snowmobile events — and a few new ones — are back for this year’s festival.

Lou Wyman deserves ample credit for having the vision for this event and getting it off the ground. Since founding the museum in 2006 and stocking it with items gathered over the course of more than half a century of collecting, Wyman has been a relentless promoter of Craig and the Western history the museum showcases. The Winter Festival not only promotes and helps raise funds for the nonprofit museum, it also serves as a meaningful draw to Craig and Moffat County for a weekend of fun.

The event gives Craig the chance to showcase lots of homegrown talent, particularly in Snocross racing. Several age-level champions from Craig will compete.

“You’ll see how many good riders Craig has,” said Jay Wagner, whose son Tallyn competes. “There’s nowhere else around here with as many good riders as we have.”

A number of sponsors stepped up to make the Winter Festival possible. They include Craig PowerSports, Peabody Energy, Craig Ford, Rocky Mountain Machinery, Cook Chevrolet, Wagner Construction, Napa Auto Parts, Trapper Mine, KRAI, Stockmens, Bear Creek Animal Hospital, Severson Supply, Guy Sanborn, TLC Carpet, Northwest Auto Glass, Empire Express, B&B Welders, Yampa Valley Bank, T.H.P.K Accounting and Native Excavating.

We salute Wyman and the sponsors for putting the Winter Festival together. We urge residents to come out Saturday and help make the festival a showcase event for Craig in the winter.

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