Moffat County officials discuss ideas for centennial
Craig — With its centennial anniversary approaching, Moffat County officials met Monday morning to brainstorm possible ideas to commemorate the historic event.
Commissioner Audrey Danner met with Dan Davidson and Jan Gerber, of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, and county assessor Suzanne Brinks in what likely was the first of several meetings to iron out details about the upcoming celebration.
No plans or budgetary guidelines were set, but officials discussed possible activities, including barbeque cookouts, celebrations, assembling commemorative materials such as books or coins, and entertainment such as character actors or musicians, Danner said.
The official date of the anniversary is Feb. 27, 2011, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of the museum being located in its current building at 590 Yampa Ave.
The museum also is considering several activities to commemorate the event, including a birthday party “kick-off” and a balcony show, Gerber said.
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The balcony show would most likely include memorabilia, old photography and “presentations that focus on the communities within the county,” Gerber said.
Many of the county’s possible celebrations would take place in Craig, which celebrated its centennial in the summer of 2008.
Danner said the theme of “community” was discussed but that no tag line or official title was set.
The county is considering joining its celebrations with other city and county events.
Although the commission has not decided the total cost of the celebration or how to finance it, its budget likely would be smaller than that of the Craig centennial, Danner said.
Moffat County and Craig had a joint celebration called the “Golden Jubilee” in 1958 to mark the 50th year anniversary.
Craig was settled by homesteaders in the 1880s and was part of Routt County until 1911, when the Moffat County boundary was drawn to include the city.
County officials plan to meet again in March to determine plans and budgetary matters.
They will ask other community members for input and help as projects are identified.
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