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Organizers: Grand Olde West Days was a success despite rain

Sterling Ward, 21, suits up Saturday before taking on a bull during the Lane Frost Challenge at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. More than 800 people attended the challenge.
Hans Hallgren

Winners list

Grand Olde West Days car show

Name: Class

Bob Evertt: Muscle Car

Ronald McClellan: Nicest Import

Chuck Zulian: Nicest Domestic

Chuck Zulian: Oldest Car

George Kidder: Customized Pickup

Larry Wine: Nicest 4x4

Allen Kingenburg: Most Rust

Bruce Wood: Unfinished Masterpiece

Al Landa: "Pimped"

Al Landa: People's Choice

A little rain couldn’t keep people from enjoying the 19th annual Grand Olde West Days celebration.

Carol Wilson, the GOWD steering committee treasurer, said about 5,000 people attended the festival Monday, the last day of the three-day event.

Included in Monday’s activities were the car show, street festival, 5K Boot Scoot, antique tractor pull, live music and a flapjack feed.

“I think when all was said and done, it was a very successful weekend,” Wilson said. “The rain came, stayed and played, but we all worked around it.”

Wilson said the long weekend did exactly what Grand Olde West Days was created to do – promote Craig and the downtown.

“Especially Monday – we were all very happy – the stores were happy, and the public seemed happy,” Wilson said. “There were fun things folks could choose to do, different places to eat and listen to music.”

Wilson said it was hard to gauge how this year’s celebration stacked up against former events.

“It’s hard to compare from year-to-year,” she said. “But the most recent is always the best.”

On Monday, the day was punctuated with hard lashing rains in the afternoon. But, Wilson said, even that couldn’t dampen the positive attitude of the event.

“The response (Monday) was positive,” Wilson said. “I think a lot of folks just said, ‘Yeah, it rained, but we took cover and came out after it stopped.’

“Everyone toughed it out – even when the rains were pelting down pretty hard. The musicians were determined to keep the show going despite the conditions. Everyone soldiered forth for a good day had by all.”

Rain did, however, tamper with other events through the weekend.

Wilson said more than 170 people attended the Warrior Freestyle Extreme Stunt Show on Sunday.

Former Craig resident Henry Billet started the stunt show, which featured motocross riders performing tricks and stunts.

Because of rain, the event was moved from the Moffat County Fairgrounds to the parking lot, on the other side of the grandstands.

“(Turnout) was lower than what we were hoping for,” Wilson said. “But the conditions were kind of bad.

“The guys did a nice job of dealing with it and putting on a show.”

The big event, however, involved a different beast entirely.

The Lane Frost Bull Challenge bull riding competition was a big draw for the weekend, as more than 800 people came to watch cowboys and bulls tussle in the mud.

“They put on an awesome show,” Wilson said. “That was a great mini event within a mega event.”

Wilson said she will be taking a vacation soon, but when she returns she will focus her attention on next year’s celebration.

“When I get back, we (the GOWD committee) will evaluate how everything went this year,” she said. “We’ll start thinking about what worked and writing down ideas.”

Because next year’s Grand Olde West Days will be the 20th anniversary, more might be added to the event, Wilson said.

“We’ll be coming up with ideas on how to make it bigger, better – the best.”


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