Get out and enjoy local events |

Get out and enjoy local events

This week, we'd like to slow things down a bit, take a step away from the newsy editorials and highlight two amazing events that are taking place in Craig and Moffat County — the hot air balloon festival and the fair.

Both offer a variety of activities, entertainment and competition that we believe is pertinent in maintaining a healthy and happy community.

If you have a chance to get to Loudy-Simpson Park this weekend, you'll have an opportunity to watch 15 hot air balloons meander the skies at the Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival.

It's the fourth year of the event, and it continues to grow bigger and better, stepping up in the Moffat County ranks of "must dos" — much like Whittle the Wood.

Today, the hot air balloons will launch at 6 a.m. followed by a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m.

Kids activities, a kite flying contest, beer garden and an Elton John tribute band called Bennie and the Jets will all be on hand to entertain city and county patrons. The day's events end with a balloon glow at 8:15 p.m., wrapping up a fun and relaxing day in the park.

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Balloons will launch again at 6 a.m. Sunday, bringing a close to the colorful two-day event.

More fun is to be had Sunday, with the Moffat County Fair kicking off at 10 a.m. with the Open Dog Rally at the Moffat County Fairgrounds grass area.

It's the first big event of the popular fair that will host a market lamb show, rodeos, a breeding sheep show, poultry and beef show, live entertainment and the fun and rambunctious catch-a-pig competition.

Each day next week offers big time fun for families, ranchers and 4-H participants. We encourage everyone in Craig and Moffat County to check out the fair schedule in the Craig Daily Press Calendar and at

Additionally, if you're looking for sports entertainment, head over to Yampa Valley Golf Course for Young Life's 2013 Charity Golf Tournament, featuring a four-person scramble. For more information, visit

• Noelle Leavitt Riley, Craig Daily Press managing editor

• Renee Campbell, Craig Daily Press general manager

• Amy Fontenot, Craig Daily Press office/circulation manager

• Randy Looper, owner of the Elk Run Inn

• Amanda Field, Wells Fargo home mortgage consultant in Craig

• Ken Wergin, retired