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Northwestern Colorado saddles up for 2021 Grand Old West Days

Chrissy Suttles
For the Craig Press

Rodeo fans and cowboy culture enthusiasts will fill the Moffat County Fairgrounds this Memorial Day weekend to celebrate 2021’s Grand Old West Days.

Now entering its third decade, the four-day Craig festival will feature the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association Finals, Colorado Junior High Rodeo, live entertainment, vendors and a theatrical play beginning May 28 through May 31.

The CSHSRA State Finals, canceled last year due to COVID-19 alongside many other Old West Days activities, will spotlight some of Colorado’s young rodeo talent.

“We build the rest of the event around the entertainment so we always have something going on,” said organizing committee member Melody Villard.

Visitors can expect four days of indoor vendor fairs and a Saturday afternoon parade in downtown Craig along Yampa Avenue.

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Country music artist and former saddle bronc rider Chancey Williams, of Moorcroft, Wyoming, will headline Saturday night’s concert with special guests Lendon James and Christopher Thomas. On Friday, Sheridan, Wyoming native Tris Munsick and the Innocents will play a special show for attendees 21 years and older.

A 1 p.m. memorial service will be held by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 at the main arena on Memorial Day, and the weekend’s events will wrap-up with a new original play written by Craig resident David Morris.

Villard said she doesn’t anticipate major changes to this year’s line-up; the festival will be similar to others held in recent years. The last major change took place in 2016, she said, after former organizer Kandee Dilldine stepped down and Grand Old West Days moved to the fairgrounds to mitigate late-May rainstorms.

“It used to be one day downtown, now it’s four days at the fairgrounds,” said Villard.

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Grand Old West Days tentative schedule

Friday, May 28

9 a.m.: Colorado State High School Rodeo Association Finals 1st Go Round

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Food and craft booths open

6 p.m.: Colorado Junior High Rodeo 1st Go Round

9 p.m.: 21+ concert event featuring Tris Munsick and the Innocents

Saturday, May 29

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Food and craft booths open

1 p.m.: Queen Contest Horsemanship in main arena

6:30 p.m.: doors open for the Chancey Williams and special guests Lendon James and the Hwy 34 Band and Christopher Thomas

Sunday, May 30

7:30 a.m.: Church services in the grand stands with Trent and Lindy Sharon

9 a.m.: Colorado Junior High Rodeo 2nd Go Round

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Food and craft booths open

2 p.m.: Sr. rodeo graduation and scholarship announcements in the main arena

4 p.m.: Colorado State High School Rodeo Association Finals 2nd Go Round

Monday, May 31

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Pancake breakfast at the pavilion

9 a.m.: High school and junior high championship round

1 p.m.: VFW Post 4265 memorial service

3 p.m.: David Morris theatrical play

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