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Craig/Moffat Chamber awarded permit for beer garden at Diamond Rio concert

Members of the Parrotheads and the Craig/Moffat County Chamber of Commerce celebrate after City Council granted the Chamber a special events permit to operate a beer garden at the upcoming Diamond Rio concert.

CRAIG – During a special meeting Wednesday, Aug. 1, the Craig City Council awarded the Craig/Moffat County Chamber of Commerce a special events permit to operate a beer garden during the Diamond Rio concert, set for Friday, Aug. 10, in conjunction with the 100th Moffat County Fair.

The question of the special events permit generated some controversy, as the local chapter of the Parrotheads had earlier been given the contract to operate a beer garden, but had neglected to apply for the required special events permit within the allotted time.

Members of both the Chamber of Commerce and the Parrotheads attended the meeting.

Mayor John Ponikvar said he called the special meeting to address the issue, as the Diamond Rio concert represents an important part of the upcoming fair.

“This meeting is community driven,” Ponikvar said. “It is good to see so many people here. This is government at its best.”

The Parrotheads group acknowledged it didn’t turn in its special events permit application for the beer garden in time, Parrotheads representative Robert Schenck said, so the city was correct in its denial of the permit. He urged council members not to hold the chamber or the fair accountable for the Parrotheads’s mistake.

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“The Parrotheads will gladly withdraw their application,” Schenck said. “I ask you guys to approve the fair and the chamber to have a beer garden.”

Chamber of Commerce representative Christina Oxley said the chamber stands ready to help to make the fair a success, adding it has worked closely with the Moffat County Fair Board and the Parrotheads to achieve that goal.

Before voting unanimously to award the permit to the Chamber, city council members said they are glad to see the three organizations working together to ensure the fair’s success. They added they would have granted the Parrotheads the permit had the application been submitted on time.

The stressed they want to be transparent with the community, adding they are not playing favorites.