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Moffat County commissioners plan pro rodeo’s return in Craig this summer

A cowboy races after a calf during the tie-down competition in 2018.

Editors note: This report has been edited to reflect Moffat County’s fair board funds fair operations.  

Some of pro rodeo’s baddest bulls and their roughest riders will be returning to Craig this summer, if county commissioners give the go-ahead.

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners plans to approve a contractor agreement that would bring a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women's Professional Cowboys Association rodeo event to the Moffat County Fairgrounds Aug. 8.

According to the contract, included in the BOCC’s Tuesday agenda, $13,000 would be paid to the Triple V Rodeo Company, LLC for an all-inclusive event that would feature a "patriotic opening," bullfighters, a barrel man specialty act, music, and more.

"Triple V. Rodeo Company, LLC, will run the rodeo event in a safe manner and will supervise and manage everything to do with the rodeo at the Moffat County Fair on Aug. 8, 2019, in accordance with PRCA/WPRA guidelines," the contract reads.

According to the Tuesday’s BOCC agenda, Moffat County will also provide several services during the rodeo, including "six men knowledgeable about the sport of rodeo to assist with chutes and arena help"; two tons of hay; 10 bags of grain; six motel rooms for the visiting announcer, musicians, judges, and contractors; two quality horses for Miss Rodeo America and Miss Rodeo Colorado; ambulance and EMT standbys; judges; and sanction fees set by PRCA/WPRA.

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Lastly, the county will provide $2,000 to help purse each event, including bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and barrel racing — a total of $14,000.

Commissioner Don Cook said Moffat County’s fair board has provided the rodeo’s funding for a long time.

“They’ve done this for years and years,” Cook said.

BOCC also plans to approve a professional services agreement between the city of Craig, Moffat County, and Armstrong Consultants, Inc. for the improvement of the Craig-Moffat County Airport.

According to the agreement, the project may include:

• Pavement maintenance on runways, taxiways, and aprons

• Rehabilitation of runway 7/25, including its taxiways and aprons

• Replacement/installation of runway lighting and visual aids

• Relocation of an access road

• Non-FAA funded airport planning, engineering, environmental, and miscellaneous airport consulting services, as required

The agreement for airport services would be for a duration of five years, and payments would be made to Armstrong Consultants based on Armstrong's submitted monthly statements for services completed.

Other BOCC business on Tuesday's agenda include:

• Volunteer appointments to the airport and land use boards

• A public hearing regarding the vacation of a piece of Main Beam Road

• A public hearing on an application for a new minor subdivision

• Bid recommendations for magnesium chloride and cattle guards

• Bid recommendations for a BOCC fleet vehicle

• A presentation of nomination letter for Donald Broom to the Juvenile Services Planning Commission

• A proclamation for May 4 through May 11 to officially be Moffat County Tourism Week

Contact Clay Thorp at 970-875-1795 or cthorp@craigdailypress.com.