Cast and Twang at Wyman Museum in Craig offers outdoor excitement to weekend |

Cast and Twang at Wyman Museum in Craig offers outdoor excitement to weekend

Noelle Leavitt Riley
Wildlife technician Colton Murray transports kids to and from activities at the annual Cast and Twang event Saturday at the Wyman Living History Museum.
Noelle Leavitt Riley

Fishing, catching frogs and shooting archery were only a few of the activities at this year’s Cast and Twang at the Wyman Living History Museum on Saturday.

More than 100 kids and parents attended the outdoor event that ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It was a great opportunity for the Wyman Museum to show off its new archery range.

“It’s a wonderful facility,” said Mike Seick, who watched his nephew Louis Horner, 11, practice his archery skills. “It’s very, very nice.”

The archery range has 3-D animal archery targets, allowing participants to take their shot at fake animal targets.

The event was sponsored and hosted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Northwest Colorado Outfitters Association, Yampa Valley Chapter of Safari Club International, Brothers Custom Processing and several regional businesses.

Brothers provided all the meat for the barbecue, and the Safari Club helped fund the event, said Karl Huntsman, Yampa Valley Safari Club chapter president.

“This is one of the reasons for the event,” Huntsman said, noting that 70 percent of the money that the Safari Club made from its annual banquet in March helped fund the Cast and Twang.

It’s the seventh year that Parks and Wildlife has hosted the function, and it’s the fourth year that it took place at the Wyman Museum, said District Wildlife Manager Mike Swaro.

“This has been the best turnout I think we ever had,” Swaro said, noting that he was glad the new archery range was up and running for the event.

Swaro applied for a $3,000 grant from Parks and Wildlife in 2013. The community also offered support to fund the range. Trapper Mine, ColoWyo Coal, Cabela’s and several other businesses contributed funds and materials for the $5,000 project.

In addition to archery, children had nets and fishing poles at the ponds, and the fascination seemed to circulate around the hundreds of frogs that rested on the water banks.

The kids had a blast catching the frogs and releasing them back into the ponds. Phoenix Harris, 12, even kissed a frog.

The event also boasted a bouncy house, giving kids another option to burn off energy.

Overall, everyone had a great time participating the various activities at the annual Cast and Twang.

It’s awesome “seeing the kids have fun and learning,” wildlife technician Colton Murray said.

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