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Memorial Day weekend set to be memorable one in Craig

Nate Waggenspack

Memorial Day Weekend always is an exciting signifier that the summer has begun in Craig, but the 2014 weekend could be one of the best ever, with an even wider spread of activities taking place across the city.

From the Moffat County Fairgrounds through downtown Craig, there will be something for everyone throughout the weekend. Grand Olde West Days — celebrating its 24th year — is just one headline. The Wild West Weekend takes place alongside the Colorado High School State Rodeo at the fairgrounds.

Adding to the fun, Brown's Amusement Carnival also will light up the fairgrounds through Monday with its usual assortment of rides and games.

That's not all, a parade will march through downtown today, antique tractor pulls also will roar through the fairgrounds and Moffat County High School seniors graduate.

Grand Olde West Days hosts multiple activities

Perhaps the biggest day of the Grand Olde West Days fun will be Memorial Day, when something fun will be available from morning to evening.

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Memorial Day Weekend Schedule

Saturday

9 a.m. Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Rodeo Camp—Fairgrounds

9 a.m. Antique Tractor Pull—Fourth Street and Ranney Street

9 a.m. High School Rodeo Cutting Competition—Fairgrounds

3 p.m. Parade—Downtown

9 p.m. Barn Dance featuring Smokin’ Gun—Fairgrounds

Sunday

8 a.m. Cowboy Church (nondenominational service)—Fairgrounds

9 a.m. Goat roping—Fairgrounds

9 a.m. Antique Tractor Pull—Fourth Street and Ranney Street

4 p.m. High School Rodeo second round—Fairgrounds

Monday

7:30 a.m. Saddle up for Summer 5k Walk and Run—Downtown

9 a.m. Goat Roping—Fairgrounds

10 a.m. High School Rodeo short go—Fairgrounds

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Fun: Inflatables, dunk tank, food and craft vendors, beer garden—Downtown

"We're going to have lots of kids activities downtown," said Kandee Dilldine, who organized this year's GOWD. "There is something going on all the time. With it being a community event, we didn't want it to be all the same stuff."

The popular downtown games, such as the dunk tank, where residents have a chance to drop Mayor Terry Carwile and others into a tank of water, still will be on hand. But Grand Olde West Days also has added some inflatables to the mix this year, with the goal of giving children more options downtown.

"We got the feedback where some kids didn't have an activity," Dilldine said.

Additionally, a beer garden, craft and food vendors and live music will cater to the crowds.

Before festivities get rolling Monday morning, the Saddle up for Summer 5k Walk and Run will give locals a chance to kick off the holiday with some exercise. The course begins at Alice Pleasant Park and takes runners through the neighborhoods near downtown and encourages costumes, especially those with a Grand Olde West Days theme.

Wild West Days kicks up fun

For the second straight year, the Wild West Weekend will be happening alongside Grand Olde West Days at the fairgrounds. Saturday will kick off with a rodeo camp for youths put on by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association at 9 a.m.

The rodeo theme was meant to continue throughout the day, with bronc riding, sheep hooking, mutton busting and a Calcutta, but due to a recent equine herpes scare, those events are being put on hold.

"All the arena events are being canceled for this weekend," Glenda Bellio said. "We intend on rescheduling it for later on in the summer."

But the rest of the Wild West Weekend is set to go without a hitch. A Bunkhouse Bull Session was set for Friday night, featuring dinner and cowboy poetry. A barn dance with band Smokin' Gun will be Saturday night.

"It's still going to be a big, busy weekend," Bellio said. "There will still be a lot of stuff to do."

Colorado High School State Rodeo brings competition to Craig

Surrounding the Wild West Weekend events at the fairgrounds will be an opportunity for locals to get their rodeo fix.

The Colorado State High School and Junior High Rodeos will begin Friday, with competitors from across the state driving into Craig for a shot at a state title, including some Moffat County cowboys and cowgirls.

The first round of the rodeos were Friday, with the second round Sunday and short go Monday, with every precaution being taken for the equine herpes.

With the state rodeo in town, Dilldine thinks it could create for a good crossover between all the events and turn into more than just a good time for locals.

"Hopefully (Grand Olde West Days) will give those kids that aren't in town something else to do when they aren't at the rodeo," she said.

Moffat County High School graduation opens new doors

At 10 a.m. Saturday morning, 101 Moffat County High School seniors will enter the next stage of life as young adults.

Families and friends will gather in the high school auditorium to wish seniors well and watch them receive their diplomas.

Caps will be thrown, igniting excitement into the air for an action packed weekend.

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter at @CDP_Sports .

Memorial Day Weekend Schedule

Saturday

9 a.m. Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Rodeo Camp—Fairgrounds

9 a.m. Antique Tractor Pull—Fourth Street and Ranney Street

9 a.m. High School Rodeo Cutting Competition—Fairgrounds

3 p.m. Parade—Downtown

9 p.m. Barn Dance featuring Smokin’ Gun—Fairgrounds

Sunday

8 a.m. Cowboy Church (nondenominational service)—Fairgrounds

9 a.m. Goat roping—Fairgrounds

9 a.m. Antique Tractor Pull—Fourth Street and Ranney Street

4 p.m. High School Rodeo second round—Fairgrounds

Monday

7:30 a.m. Saddle up for Summer 5k Walk and Run—Downtown

9 a.m. Goat Roping—Fairgrounds

10 a.m. High School Rodeo short go—Fairgrounds

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Fun: Inflatables, dunk tank, food and craft vendors, beer garden—Downtown