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Downtown Craig bustles with fun, entertainment on Memorial Day

Noelle Leavitt Riley
Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe gets dunked Monday at Grand Olde West Days along Yampa Avenue in downtown Craig.
Noelle Leavitt Riley

— Downtown festivities on Memorial Day in Craig were taken to new heights this year, with multiple bouncy houses for kids, more food vendors than usual and a chili cook-off fundraiser for Freedom Hooves.

It was all part of the Grand Olde West Days weekend celebration.

Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe took one for the team by volunteering to serve as this year’s government official willing to get dunked in the dunk tank provided by O.P. Bar and Grill.

“It’s just fun to be out and talking to everyone. I enjoy it,” Grobe said.

Craig Mayor Terry Carwile — a military veteran — walked up and down Yampa Avenue with a smile on his face, enjoying the day with fellow residents.

“As a veteran, I can’t forget the reason for today,” Carwile said. “Thank you to all the folks who are serving in harm’s way.”

He also highlighted how wonderful it was to kick off summer in Craig with the Grand Olde West Days festival.

Vendors served turkey legs, kettle corn, hot dogs and shaved ice while local merchants sold a variety of items on the sidewalks outside their stores.

Others used the opportunity to raise funds for their organizations, including Freedom Hooves, which offers therapeutic horse riding to those with disabilities.

Eagle’s Nest Preschool also held a cotton candy fundraiser for its students.

“It’s just a great day,” said Angie Roberts, director of the preschool.

Calden Scranton shared the same sentiment.

“I really like that the community comes together and has big events that are safe,” Scranton said.

Live music also catered to those who wanted to dance along to country and good old rock ‘n’ roll.

Noelle Leavitt Riley can be reached at 970-875-1790 or

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