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Music, airplanes and more fill month for Centennial

— Flying through the air without ever leaving the ground.

Although seemingly impossible, this will be an attainable goal at the Craig Centennial AirFest.

Craig’s July schedule of events will be full of centennial-related activities. Among these events are Saturday’s concert featuring Three Dog Night and Colorado native group Firefall.

“We’ve been touring a lot lately in Colorado,” Firefall lead singer and guitarist Jock Bartley said. “We’re honored to be part of Craig’s centennial. I remember playing there a while ago, and it was a great show.”

Bartley anticipates another good show Saturday.

“We’ll definitely be rocking, maybe even more than some people remember,” he said. “When we started out, we kind of got pigeon-holed as a soft rock band because of our ballads, but we’ll be playing pretty hard. It’ll be great to play with Three Dog Night, too. They got started about eight or 10 years before we did, so they’re kind of a different generation.”

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The weekend after the concert will include AirFest at Moffat County Regional Airport.

The event will begin at 6:30 a.m. with a musical military opening by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4625.

“They’ll be playing music that’s like ‘Reveille,'” Ray Beck, airport advisory board chairman, said. “We didn’t really want to start out with ‘Taps’ because it would be too somber.”

AirFest will feature booths and exhibits on the subject of aviation, including flight simulators – designed to create the illusion of flying an airplane – sponsored by Colorado Northwestern Community College, youth-oriented Wings over the Rockies and displays of various aircraft. Helicopter rides and parachute demonstrations will be offered all day.

A policy of no pets, alcohol or smoking will be maintained at the event for safety reasons.

The Cattlemen’s Association will host a barbecue at 5:30 p.m. at Loudy-Simpson Park following AirFest, for which AirFest planners intend to “keep the crowd hungry and thirsty.”

The 1340 Band will be the musical entertainment at the barbecue.