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Holiday crunch

Grand Olde West Days, graduation, Memorial Day weekend add up to packed hotels

Josh Nichols

There’s no room at the Craig Holiday Inn.

Carol Hebel, guest service manager for the hotel, said the hotel’s 152 rooms have been booked for the Memorial Day weekend for the last two weeks.

“We’ve been having to tell a lot of people to call other hotels,” Hebel said. “Last year we were not sold out at this time.”

Hebel said Grand Olde West Days, the Moffat County High School graduation, and the Centers for Disease Control staff that are conducting health test surveys in the area have kept the hotel booked solid.

The Super 8 Motel also is seeing an influx of visitors.

Melody Wing, who works the front desk at the Super 8 Motel, said Tuesday that most of the 50 rooms at the hotel are booked for the upcoming weekend.

The weekend starts Thursday night when a carnival, a fund-raiser for the Craig Chamber of Commerce, opens at 5 p.m. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Headline events for the weekend include a concert by country music star Andy Griggs Saturday night and a bull riding competition Sunday night.

Shirley Fuller, the chairperson for Grand Olde West Days committee, said she has received calls from all over the country regarding Monday night’s High Plains Mustang Club Horse Show, which also promises to be a strong draw for visitors.

Cathy Vanatta, executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, said her office has sold 100 rodeo and concert tickets but she did not have updated numbers for total ticket sales. Tickets are also available from Jackson’s Office Supply, Big O Tires, and AT&T Broadband.

“They seem to be doing as well as they did last year as far as tickets sales and sponsorships,” she said.

Vanatta said she is hoping people from surrounding communities are making plans to come to town.

“We’re hoping we will have good participation,” she said. “I know a lot of Colorado residents were going to stay in the state this year after (Sept. 11), so hopefully we’ll have good numbers from people in the state.”

In addition to the events, Vanatta said she expects to see people come to the area for traditional Memorial Day weekend activities.

She said she hopes to see people in the area who will be camping and fishing.

“I’ve already seen a lot of people in asking about things like that,” she said. “We’re beginning to see a pick up on people coming

through the office.”


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