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Holiday season set to shine in Craig

Bear Steadman/ For the Craig Daily Press

— Christmas festivities already have begun, and even more merrymaking events are sure to come after all the savory Thanksgiving feasts Thursday. From tree decorating and gingerbread contests to a flashy parade of lights and picture-taking opportunities with Santa Claus, Craig will be hosting a large number of exciting events for the holidays.

Christmas Parade of Lights

The Parade of Lights has been an annual event of the Downtown Business Association for 10-plus years, and it's scheduled to go on once again this year from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. This time, though, the association is partnering with the Craig Lions Club to sponsor the event. The parade will feature several floats from downtown businesses and nonprofit organizations as well as a float with Santa Claus at the tail end with the theme "Christmas in Colorado."

"I love the Santa Claus at the end of the parade," said Karen Brown, of the Community Budget Center. "He's my favorite."

Parade floats will be judged at 5:15 p.m., when three lucky winners will walk away with cash prizes and the first place float will receive a traveling trophy.

The parade will start at Craig Middle School, go down Yampa Avenue, turn on Victory Way, then make another turn on Ledford Court and then end at Sunset Meadows. Also, don't miss the chance to watch Mayor Terry Carwile light the Christmas tree at Alice Pleasant Park right before the parade.

Paddy Whack's Christmas fundraiser

Kelly Davidson, director of the Caniners 4-H group, will be raising money for the 4-H dog project at her very own store, Paddy Whack All Natural Pet Food & Supplies, next to the West Theater, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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People who attend the fundraiser can have their picture taken with their friends, family and pets. The event will provide a great photo opportunity for kids who would like to take their picture with Santa Claus. People then can buy their pictures: one 8×10 copy for $10 or two 5×7 copies for $10. If people also would like to have them made into Christmas cards, Davidson and the Caniners 4-H kids will make them into Christmas cards for $20, all of which will be available to take home on the same day.

The 4-H dog project is for kids who want to learn better showmanship and train their dogs to rally with obedience. All the money raised will go toward equipment, travel and competition expenses. The Caniners 4-H group will start their training in January and will compete in the Moffat County 4-H Fair in August.

Festival of Trees

The Christmas tree decorating contest sponsored by Moffat County United Way, Youth United Way and Key Club students now is on display on the second floor of the Moffat County Courthouse. The trees will remain on display from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14.

The courthouse also will have special activities going on from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays for any who would like to attend. On Dec. 5, the Craig Chamber of Commerce will host an after-hours mixer where food and drinks will be provided.

Museum of Northwest Colorado hosts gingerbread house contest

Sponsored by the Downtown Business Association, the Museum of Northwest Colorado will be hosting its annual gingerbread house contest Dec. 5 and will be awarding a $50 cash prize to the person or group that builds the most exclusive-looking house. There will be two categories to compete in: family/group and adult.

"I would really encourage people to participate," Jan Gerber said. "It's really fun."

People who would like to compete in the contest can register at the Kitchen Shop across the street from the museum with an entry fee of $6 and must have their gingerbread house ready for judging no later than 3 p.m. on the day of the competition.

Bear Steadman is working as an intern for the Craig Daily Press.