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Amy Hamilton

It’s cases of corn now, but the abundance of food will transform into smiles on the faces of local Special Olympians.

A fundraiser for Special Olympics at Fourth and Ranney streets will sell corn until it runs out. Ears can be purchased for 16 for $4 or a case of corn for $10.

Kiwanis members are helping with the event. Longtime Kiwanis member Gaylord Flies said all the proceeds from the event go to purchase meals and medals for Special Olympians at Craig’s Special Olympics event, which usually is held in early summer.



“It’s been one of the best projects we’ve done in my 50 years with Kiwanis.” Flies said about helping Special Oly–mpics. “People used to have to go to Grand Junction to compete in Special Olympics, which was a tough ride. Now that it’s here, it’s been very successful.”

Greg Felder of Delta was impressed with the amount of support he witnessed for Craig’s Special Olympics when he attended an event. He wanted to help keep the tradition going. He decided to help coordinate a large shipment of corn from his area to be delivered to Craig.



Special Olympics supporters also are having what they call their largest fundraiser of the year today at Moffat County Mud Madness. The group is selling concessions of hamburgers, hot dogs, polish dogs, nachos, breakfast burritos and drinks. Special Olympics coordinator Bonnie Dalton said proceeds from the fundraiser go toward the costs of practicing bowling.

“Bowling is a huge expense,” Dalton said. “It’s one of the only sports we have to pay to practice.”

Athletes enjoy a wide variety of sports, including aquatics, cross-country skiing, running and bocce ball.

Athletes Jamie Ogden and Josh Chase are two competitors doing especially well this year, Dalton said.

“They are just star athletes and a joy to be around,” she said.

Dalton said today’s concession stands usually help the group raise a good chunk of money toward operations. Moffat County residents have participated in Special Olympics functions for the past 28 years and have hosted a competition for the past decade.

“They really have supported us well in past,” Dalton said of the community support for fund-raising. “They are awesome to us.”

Nearly 100 athletes from Craig, Vail, Delta and Rangely and Routt and Summit counties came to Moffat County for the state-qualifying event in May. Being able to host the event has been an enjoyable experience for local organizers, they said. Every competitor receives a ribbon or a medal for participating in the Olympics.

Dalton said a number of athletes had so much fun at the Craig event that they decided not to head to the state event.

“They felt that Craig was so nice, why kill themselves,” she said.

And helping make money for the group has been fun for Kiwanis members.

“You got to see it to understand,” Kiwanis member Larry Seip said about the Olympics.

“It’s for a good cause,” he added.”It’s my obligation as a Kiwanian to help whenever I can. It’s not just a job, it’s a privilege.”

Amy Hamilton can be reached at 824-7031.


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