Winter Festival in Craig entertains an estimated 2,500 in event’s 7th year |
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Winter Festival in Craig entertains an estimated 2,500 in event’s 7th year

Aidan Russell, left, provides a push and (clockwise from front left) Devlyn Mosman, Mickey Bingham, Thomas Baker and Lane White go for a ride Saturday during the Cardboard Box Derby at the seventh annual Winter Festival at Wyman Museum.


Winners from the seventh annual Wyman’s Winter Festival:

X-Treme Mountain Snow-X races

• Junior 7-10 class:

Cody Dochess, Granby

Jake Gill, Eagle

Seth Vorous, Eagle

• 120 stock class:

  1. Jake Jolstad, Lakewood

  2. Brody Hasenack, Jackson Hole, Wyo.

  3. Anna Gill, Eagle

• Sport stock:

Brady Nay, Parachute

Wesley Chapman, Craig

Dylon Moss, Laramie, Wyo.

• Junior 10-13:

A.J. Stoffle, Craig

Cody Dochess, Granby

Seth Vorous, Eagle

• Junior 14-15:

A.J. Stoffle, Craig

Jake Gill, Eagle

Seth Vorous, Eagle

• Junior 16-17:

Wesley Chapman, Craig

Dylon Moss, Laramie, Wyo.

Michelle Stoffle, Craig

• Master’s class:

Jeff Gill, Eagle

Mark Donner, Laramie, Wyo.

Frank Dochess, Granby

• Sportswomen:

Michelle Stoffle, Craig

Darla Murphy, Parachute

• Novice stock:

Brady Nay, Parachute

Derek Vanner, Golden

Will Brown, Vail

• 120 champ class:

  1. Logan Montgomery

  2. Brady Hasenack, Jackson Hole, Wyo.

  3. Ryley Hasenack, Jackson Hole, Wyo.

• Semi-pro:

Trent Channell, Loveland

Mike DePalma, Boulder

Shad Petersen, Casper, Wyo.

Sixth annual Craig Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook-Off:

• People’s choice — George Trujillo, Yampa

• First place for red chili — Troy Schaus, Craig

• First place for green chili — Lori Gowdy, representing First National Bank of the Rockies, Craig

Cardboard Box Derby:

• Fastest — Benjamin Robinson

• Best design — Tyler Tubbs

• People’s choice — Alanna Walters

Antique snowmobile show:

• Best of show — Tim Holinka, Parshall, 1975 Rupp Nitro

• People’s choice — Rena Olsen, Craig, 1965 Fox Trac

• Winner of the timed trail course — Dean Charpentier

The Warrior Freestyle stunt show got off to an inauspicious start Saturday night at the Wyman Museum in Craig.

On the show's first jump, freestyle snowmobile rider Nick "Little Nicky" Acord gunned his snowmobile engine, launched off a kicker ramp, and came down hard on the snow-packed landing.

Acord broke his kneecap and was driven to The Memorial Hospital in Craig for treatment.

For a few moments, it appeared the crown jewel of the seventh annual Winter Festival — a two-day event featuring snowmobile racing, a vintage snowmobile show and more — might be scrubbed.

But, Warrior Freestyle rider Cody Borchers grabbed a microphone and announced the show would go on.

"Hopefully, we can do this without further incidents," he said.

And with those words, warriors went airborne.

Borchers, an X-Games athlete from Alberta, Canada, was a crowd favorite, executing back flips and heel-kickers while flying through a cold, dark sky.

The evening chill was sharply different from the weather earlier in the day. Afternoon temperatures peaked in Craig at 48 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Winter Festival was muddy and wet, organizer Nicky Boulger said.

"I think we should have had canoe races," she said.

Nonetheless, an estimated 2,500 people attended the event Saturday.

Some were there for the Cardboard Box Derby.

The derby pitted owners of homemade cardboard sleds against one another for best design and fastest time on the hill.

Craig resident Alanna Walters took the people's choice trophy for her entry, Pink Hippie Car, which was modeled after a Barbie Dream Car.

Walters said she was happy for the win, but disappointed the contest didn't include yet another category.

"I went the farthest," she said.

Elsewhere on the museum grounds, contest entries were awarded for longevity.

John Sowieja, from Rifle, entered his 1966 Sears Snowcruiser into the antique snowmobile show. The judges awarded Sowieja second place in the pre-1969 class of snowmobiles.

Sowieja, who owns a total of four vintage snowmobiles, said his fondness for old sleds is enigmatic.

"I don't know," he said. "As I get older, they appeal to me more and more."

Boulger said the appeal of Winter Festival transcended the warm weather.

"Everybody had a good time and that was my goal," she said.

"Even though we were losing snow quickly, everybody went home sunburned and happy."

Boulger said she's already making plans for "an even bigger and better" Winter Festival for next year.