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A grand amount of activities available for Craig’s Memorial Day weekend

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Brothers Denton, left, and Dusty Taylor compete in the first round of team roping Friday during the Colorado State High School and Junior High Rodeo Finals at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds will be hopping this weekend, with the rodeo, a carnival, a concert by Michael Aldridge and more as part of Memorial Day festivities and Grand Olde West Days.

You know it's summertime in Moffat County when the kids are out of school, the cowpokes start getting ready for some big events, and everyone powers through the wet weather.

Memorial Day weekend in Craig will be jam-packed with happenings for everyone, from those commemorating the fallen soldiers who gave the nation the day of rest to the Moffat County High School Class of 2015 and their families to those just looking for the area's unique style of fun through the 25th anniversary of Grand Olde West Days.


MCHS's graduation ceremony starts things off bright and early Saturday with doors opening at 8 a.m. If you think that's too soon for a ceremony that won't begin until two hours later, you've clearly never had to fight for a good seat.

Read more about some of the special features of this year's graduates in the graduation insert in today's Saturday Morning Press and congratulate these kids as they move toward adulthood.

A good time for all cowboys at heart

Northwest Colorado's Western pride will be on display this weekend.

The Moffat County Fairgrounds play host for the second consecutive year to the Colorado State High School and Junior High Rodeo Association Finals, as the best riders and ropers from across the state rock the arena with their talent.

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The area is well represented by high quality athletes on behalf of MCHS and Craig Middle School, many of whom are likely on their way to the national level this summer.

"We've got a lot of great competitors this year," said Janice Edwards, coach of the combined MCHS and CMS teams.

While the rodeo and related events will be at the fairgrounds through Monday, a different kind of action takes place north of town. The annual shooting exhibition "Where the Old West Stayed Young" will be on display all day Saturday and most of Sunday at Bears Ears Sportsman Club on Moffat County Road 7 near Cedar Mountain.

The drive is worth it, said organizer Andy Bullen, to watch a crew "playing cowboy" who really know what they're doing, showing off some impressive gunwork that takes hours of practice.

The event is free to watch, and if someone wants to participate in the action, they can, but they'd better take it seriously, Bullen said. Only someone with the right Old West equipment and apparel will be considered.

"They can't just show up with a shotgun and wearing shorts," he said.

I love a parade (and a concert)

The procession of vehicles, floats and everything else that constitutes a parade convenes at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at the Craig Middle School parking lot, and if you haven't registered for the march through downtown, you can submit your entry form from grandoldewestdays.com up until the wheels start turning at 3 p.m.

For those who just want to relax and watch, the parade route, sponsored by Downtown Business Association, will head south on Yampa Avenue, turn west on Victory Way, moving along to Ledford Street and West Eighth Drive before ending at Centennial Mall.

Free root beer floats will be available provided by Moffat County Teen Council in Alice Pleasant Park, so be sure to get your share.

Entertainment later in the evening will be provided by country artist Michael Aldridge, who will take the stage at 8 p.m. at the fairgrounds.

The Colorado native singer/guitarist will be promoting his new album, "All or Nothing," and a $10 ticket buys admission to a show that lasts until midnight.

A grand day

Be sure to pace yourself for everything happening Monday in downtown Craig because you don't want to overexert yourself.

Start off by hitting the pancake breakfast hosted by the MCHS girls basketball team, and, if you still have the energy, sign up for the 5K Fun Run/Walk, benefiting Connections 4 Kids, signup sheets available at grandoldewestdays.com.

Remember, it's an '80s theme, so don't forget your legwarmers.

Following the early morning activities will be Grand Olde West Days in full swing downtown along the 400 and 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue. The festivities include a car show by Bad Dogs Wrestling; live music from local acts like Sandrock Sound, Four 2 Play and many more; fun stuff for children, like bounce houses and a magician; a dunk tank by Teen Council that will soak teachers, businessmen, politicians and other prominent community figures; open admission to Museum of Northwest Colorado; a beer garden; food and craft vendors and plenty more happening all day long.

Also, if you haven't visited Brown's Amusements Carnival at the fairgrounds by now, Monday is your last chance.

Remember who's being memorialized

Sometime during your vacation day, be sure to take a moment to thank — in some form — the men and women who gave their lives for their country. After all, that's why they call it Memorial Day.

Monday morning, local veterans will be hosting a ceremony to commemorate the fallen military personnel who called Craig and Moffat County home before or during their service to their country.

Mark Wick, with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, encourages all civilians and former soldiers alike to attend the tribute.

"It's a labor of love," Wick said.

Memorial Day weekend in Craig

— The following is a schedule of happenings during the three-day weekend, including Grand Olde West Days, the Colorado State High School and Junior High Rodeo Association Finals and Memorial Day observances.

Time, event, location


8 a.m., Doors open for graduation ceremony, Moffat County High School

9 a.m. to noon, Third round reined cow horse, Moffat County Fairgrounds

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Antique tractor pulls, corner of Fourth Street and Ranney Street

9 a.m. to 5 p.m, Bears Ears Sportsman Club’s “Where the Old West Stayed Young” shooting exhibition, Moffat County Road 7

11 a.m. to midnight, Brown’s Amusements Carnival, Moffat County Fairgrounds

11 a.m., Cutting competition, Moffat County Fairgrounds

3 p.m., Parade and free root beer floats, Yampa Avenue and Victory Way

8 p.m. to midnight, Michael Aldridge concert, Moffat County Fairgrounds


8:30 a.m., Cowboy church, Moffat County Fairgrounds picnic area or barn

8:30 a.m., Bears Ears Sportsman Club’s “Where the Old West Stayed Young” shooting exhibition, Moffat County Road 7

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Antique tractor pulls, corner of Fourth Street and Ranney Street

Noon to midnight, Carnival, Moffat County Fairgrounds

4 p.m., Second round performances for high school and junior high rodeo, Moffat County Fairgrounds


7 a.m., Pancake breakfast, downtown Craig

7 a.m. Bad Dogs Wrestling Car Show registration, downtown Craig

7:30 a.m., Connections 4 Kids 5K Fun Run/Walk, Breeze Street parking lot behind Social Services

9 a.m., High school short go round rodeo finals performance, Moffat County Fairgrounds

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Grand Olde West Days downtown events — bounce houses,
food and craft vendors,
live music,
beer garden,
car show, dunk tank,
children’s activities and more; 400 and 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue

11 a.m., Memorial Day military services, Craig Cemetery

Noon to 9 p.m., Brown’s Amusements Carnival, Moffat County Fairgrounds