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Craig briefs: Meeker Classic collie contest kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 9

Meeker Classic collie contest kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 9

A premier sheepdog competition that draws on the area's ranching and cultural heritage starts Wednesday, Sept. 9 and runs through Sunday outside Meeker along Colorado Highway 13. The event features more than 100 border collies competing in herding trials, as well as a full schedule of educational and entertainment opportunities.

Village Inn to host 3rd campaign to honor vets

This fall, Village Inn is kicking off its third annual "Serving Those Who Serve Us" campaign to honor teachers, first responders and veterans who go above and beyond by serving the community every single day, even during their time off, and can't always attend family events and holidays throughout the year due to their professions.

Whether it's a teacher dedicating their extra time to students, a doctor on call, a firefighter working during a family gathering, a police officer on duty during the holidays, or an active or retired military service man or woman from the local community — Village Inn wants to make sure they are recognized for their outstanding service and rewarded with a sweet treat to share with their colleagues and loved ones.

To nominate a teacher, a first responder or a veteran, simply go to Village Inn's website or to villageinn.com/servingthosewhoserveus, and tell Village Inn about a deserving individual who continuously goes above and beyond to serve their community.

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Nominations are now open, and will close Nov. 11. Selected nominees will be limited to participating Village Inn markets. Winners will be chosen throughout the promotional period, and the total number of winners will depend on the number of contestants. Selected winners will receive The Best Pie in America® and enjoy a dozen free whole pies in addition to a $20 Village Inn gift card.

Through this program, Village Inn will recognize individuals, across the nation, who positively contribute to their communities on a daily basis.

143rd Annual Colorado State Fair comes to close

The 2015 Colorado State Fair ends its 11-day run as Colorado's premier celebration of youth and agriculture.

This year, attendance increased to 500,207 people attending the Colorado State Fair, up from 498,721 people in 2014.

Highlights from the 2015 Colorado State Fair include:

■ The annual Colorado's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale celebrated a record-breaking year. According to preliminary totals, the 2015 sale accumulated approximately $531,300 from the state's most dedicated bidders. Last year's sale totaled $481,200. This year has set the record sale for Grand Champion Market beef at $60,000. The sale is instrumental in supporting the future of Colorado's agribusiness as it demonstrates to youth the importance of raising quality livestock and the work required of those who pursue careers in agriculture.

■ Eight nights of rodeo included six PRCA Ram Rodeos and brought some of the country's top cowboys and cowgirls to Pueblo. The Wrangler Champion's Challenge Rodeo presented by Justin Boots will air nationally on the CBS Sports Network at 2 p.m. Sunday.

■ The Fair offered a wide variety of free, family attractions including monkeys, a strongman, a petting zoo and three free music stages.

■ Over 71,200 people enjoyed the Colorado State Fair entertainment series including Tracy Lawrence, Jerrod Niemann, Chase Rice, Three Days Grace, Terry Fator, monster trucks and Los Lonely Boys.

■ The State Fair General Entry department received approximately 6,500 entries by 1,100 exhibitors in a variety of categories including fine arts, canning, quilts, crops and cooking.

■ Approximately 500 commercial and food locations sold products at this year's fair. An assortment of delicious fair food was offered to tempt taste buds, including red velvet funnel cakes, gourmet hot dogs, hamburgers and bacon wrapped turkey legs.

■ The fair's horse show department hosted a number of high-quality shows including the Gypsy Draft Horses, the NRHA Reining Event, the NRCHA cow-horse event and the NRHA Youth Freestyle Competition.

Results from the State Fair competitions continue to be posted at coloradostatefair.com.

Learn to draw in Yampa Valley Fiber Works class

Who said you can't draw a straight line? Learn to draw in a fast-paced, five-hour class with artist Mary Pat Ettinger. See a new way to accurately draw what you see. Class size is limited. For more information or to register call 970-824-4383 or 970-824-9568. Class will be held Sept. 19 at Yampa Valley Fiber Works. The cost is $30.

Cooking school brings taste of fall to Craig

Taste of Home cooking school brings the taste of fall to Craig As home cooks across the country head back to the kitchen to cook up fall's flavorful dishes, the Taste of Home Cooking School is preparing to share seasonal recipes that are certain to delight. Taste of Home's Culinary Specialist Kristi Larson will be at the Moffat County High School on Monday to share her home cooking tips and tricks while demonstrating step-by-step recipes for the season's best dishes. This season's event is brought to Craig by the Craig Daily Press, Miller Family Appliance, MJK Sales & Feed, Brother's Custom Processing and the Memorial Hospital.

"From experienced home chefs to beginners learning their way around the kitchen, the Taste of Home Cooking School offers something for everyone — putting a fresh spin on old favorites and adding new and delicious recipes to your seasonal repertoire," Larson said in a statement.

Attendees will receive a gift bag, including the Taste of Home Cooking School magazine. The magazine includes recipes featured during the program, along with many more, as well as coupons and other goodies from participating national food companies. Tickets are on sale for $12 and $17 for reserved seating. Visit CraigDailyPress.com and click on 'Cooking School' for complete ticket information and show highlights For more information, visit tasteofhome.com/cooking-schools.

Coffee and Newspaper set for 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9

The Craig Daily Press will host Coffee and a Newspaper from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 to discuss the Colowyo and Office of Surface Mining lawsuit. Publisher Renee Campbell and Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley will lead the discussion. Free coffee and pastries will be provided. For more information, call 970-875-1790 or 970-875-1788.

CDOT unveils exhibit promoting buckling up

You're 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle if you're not buckled up, said the Colorado Department of Transportation in a press release. With that statistic in mind, the CDOT has developed three eye-catching exhibits to spark the seat belt conversation in Pueblo County, which has the lowest seat belt use in the state. Using crash test dummies, the "Ejection Exhibits" simulate, but clearly show, the deadly consequences that can happen when one doesn't wear a seat belt.

"Not taking the few seconds to put on a seat belt can have disastrous results, including ejection through the windshield, which is an often deadly consequence for unrestrained occupants," Carol Gould, highway safety manager for CDOT, said in a statement. In the past two years, 18 (60 percent) of the 30 passenger vehicle fatalities in Pueblo County occurred when the occupants weren't buckled up.

Paper welcomes reader photo submissions

The Craig Daily Press welcomes photo submissions from community members. If you have cool photos you took while on vacation, camping or hunting, or even photos of your child's birthday party, submit them to editor@CraigDailyPress.com.

Photos must be at least one megabyte in size and clear, meaning blurry photos should not be submitted. Include the name of those in the photo, along with the date and place it was taken. The newspaper prefers recent and timely photos.

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