Christina Oxley: Amusing letter
March 14, 2015
To the Editor:
I read with amused interest the letter to the editor from Craig Marshall Smith that ran in the March 4 Craig Daily Press.
Mr. Smith waxed somewhat poetically about his interest in a town that he's never visited, but that shares his name.
This summer a family of four took a three hour detour from their planned route when their 8-year-old son, Craig, saw how close they were to Craig and insisted they visit. He was the third of five Craigs who stopped by the Moffat County Visitor Center this summer looking for namesake paraphernalia. We have several people visit our community each year solely because they share the name.
We always have a great time loading them up with Craig paraphernalia, but my very favorite thing to give a visiting Craig is a 10-inch sign that says "Shop Craig First," and telling our young Craigs that it will be immensely helpful to them when they enter the dating scene.
In November, the Art Institute of Colorado hosted a photography show highlighting our community that they entitled "Have you met Craig." What a unique and fun way to play on the fact that our community's name is, well, also a name.
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When we talk about marketing our community, we focus on the abundant wildlife, amazing festivals and unparallelled recreation opportunities. There are 329,521 people in the United States named Craig. Talk about an untapped market.
Have YOU met Craig?
Craig Chamber of Commerce and Moffat County Visitor Center executive director