Colorado State High School Rodeo finals coming to Craig |

Colorado State High School Rodeo finals coming to Craig

Ben Bulkeley

The third week in June 2010 should be very busy for Craig.

On top of Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, Moffat County also will host the Colorado State High School Rodeo finals.

Dave Fleming, last season’s Moffat County High School rodeo team sponsor, said he received the news Monday morning.

“I’m excited to see the finals come to Craig,” he said. “It’s been a while since the finals were held on the Western Slope, so it should be exciting (and) not just for our kids.”

Craig will host the finals in 2010 and 2011.

Last year, the finals were in Lamar.

“This will be great for the kids, not having to drive eight hours to go to the finals,” Fleming said. “It’s also going to give people here a good chance to see what the state finals are all about.”

The rodeo is scheduled to last from June 16 to 20 next year.

Fleming said he was contacted by Bruce McAdow, Colorado State High School Rodeo Association president, in July and was asked whether Craig would be willing to put together a package for the bidding process.

The Craig City Council gave $2,500, the Moffat County Commission allowed free usage of the Moffat County Fairgrounds and the Moffat County Tourism Association gave $5,000 in the bid to acquire the finals.

All that added up to an attractive package, Fleming said.

“I think our facilities might be a little better than the competition’s,” he said. “We had a pretty good plan financially, from the City Council, the County Commission and the Tourism Association.”

Bringing the finals to Craig could bring more than 300 people to town during one of the busier weeks of the year, Fleming said.

“On Friday, they’ll have time to get out and explore Craig,” he said.

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