Editorial: Let’s show the world our community pride
Renee Campbell, publisher
Clay Thorp, reporter
Pete Pleasant, community representative
Desiree Moore, community representative
Contact the Editorial Board at editor@CraigDailyPress.com.
For those claiming there’s nothing for Craig residents to do, this weekend should prove them wrong.
Colorado’s Great Northwest Summer Kickoff is here after months of marketing initiatives and advertising across the state and region.
It’s hard to mention all the goings-on this weekend and all the souls whose hard work makes the fun happen. This weekend’s agenda is so full, you might have trouble picking and choosing which family-fun event you want to attend.
There’s the “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” bike event on May 4, one of Craig and Moffat County’s flagship events along with the Sombrero Ranches Great American Horse Drive on May 5, including Maybell Heritage Days.
Then there’s so much more to come during the summer — Grand Old West Days May 23 to 27; Whittle the Wood Rendezvous June 12 to 15; Bear River Young Life Car Show June 14 and 15; John Wesley Powell 150th anniversary celebration in Echo Park June 17 to 18; Moffat County Balloon Festival Aug. 3 and 4; and Moffat County Fair and rodeo events in August.
Did you get all that? Because there’s plenty more as well.
These events represent the hard work and dedication of many in Moffat County and Craig over the past few years and months. Tom Kleinschnitz, the county’s tourism director, and Jennifer Holloway, the new director of Craig Chamber of Commerce, are two whose work on branding and marketing Colorado’s Great Northwest deserves our praise and thanks. They and others are building Moffat County’s into something world-renowned. They are building Moffat County’s tourism industry into something we should all support and be proud of. The Colorado Department of Tourism estimated in 2018 that visitors spent $32.9 million in Moffat County, primarily on retail goods, dining, arts and entertainment, and lodging.
As a small, winter community, these events aren’t just a good way to generate economic prosperity, they’re a great way to wake from winter’s icy grip and work on tanning our hibernated hides. They’re a great way to reconnect with our friends and neighbors whom we haven’t seen since last year. These events are also an opportunity to show the world our community pride.
The city has swept the streets. The community banded together to pick up trash in public areas across the city and county. Our Craig community is as beautiful and welcoming as ever — just like its people.
We’d like to encourage residents to make the most of this time— get out and help make these events wonderful and well attended. Watch your friends ride through the finish line triumphantly in Maybell and get some grub at a food truck nearby. Bring your camera early Saturday and catch a few cherished memories of the Great American Horse Drive. Get your cowboy boots and buckles ready for the Moffat County Fair and rodeo.
Let us never take for granted Colorado’s great and beautiful Northwest. Let us enjoy this year’s events and all they have to offer our families and our community.
In Craig and Moffat County, we love America. We love its ideals of free market capitalism and
self-sufficiency, of resilience, of sacrifice and compassion for the downtrodden.