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Planning underway for two of Moffat County’s biggest events

Janelle O'Dea

Randy Looper discusses the Moffat County Balloon Festival with Moffat County Tourism Association Director Melody Villard and MCTA ex-officio member Chuck Grobe.

— On Monday night, the Moffat County Tourism Association board approved funding for two of Moffat County's biggest events, the Moffat County Balloon Festival and the Grand Olde West Days.

Owner of the Elk Run Inn Randy Looper presented the event funding application for the Moffat County Balloon Festival to the board and asked for $4,000 for help with advertising and promotion. The board approved $2,000 for the festival 7-0.

Treasurer Tammie Thompson-Booker made the motion to approve the money for the balloon festival and said she proposed an amount lower than the request partially because she's afraid MCTA will not have funds for future event requests.

Looper said the money would be used for several types of out-of-county and in-county advertising, including television ads, posters, newspaper advertising and radio advertising in Grand Junction, Steamboat Springs, Rangely and the Denver area, to name a few.

Kandee Dilldine presented an application requesting $2,500 for the Grand Olde West Days. The money would support advertising and promotion of the event, as well. The board approved $1,500 to fund advertising for the event.

MCTA Director Melody Villard said the budget line item for events was capped at $10,000 and they approved $5,000 of it already with previous event applications. Looper and Dilldine's requests together totaled $6,500 — more than what MCTA currently has budgeted for funding events.

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The board also elected new officers at the Monday afternoon meeting. Dilldine was elected chair, Thompson-Booker was elected co-chair, Paul Cook was elected secretary and Rebecca Greenwood was elected treasurer. All officers were elected to the officer positions unanimously.

Villard discussed MCTA's membership in the Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Moffat County Human Resource Council.

It was decided MCTA would continue their memberships with the Steamboat Springs and Craig Chambers of Commerce, but discontinue their membership with HRC. Villard said MCTA's county liaison, Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe, attends the HRC meetings and can keep them in the loop.

Discontinuing the HRC membership saves MCTA $50 per year, and although Villard said it's minor dues for the networking opportunities HRC provides, the decision to not stay in HRC is about more than dollars and cents.

"Unless I have board members who regularly attend the meetings, it doesn't behoove us to do that," Villard said.

Contact Janelle O’Dea at 970-875-1795 or jodea@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @jayohday.

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