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Ride in style

Antique snowmobiles return to Craig

Organizers of the Western Ride-In hope there’s enough snow for snowmobilers who will return to Craig this year.

The 15th annual antique and vintage snowmobile show, sell and swap is set for Saturday, which marks the second consecutive year the show comes to Moffat County.

Last year, it rained on the participants who played games and browsed machines in the Centennial Mall parking lot. But organizer Rena Olsen said that did not dampen the attendees’ spirits.

“What was so neat about last year was the exhibitors got to show off their sleds to a lot of spectators,” Olsen said. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen that many spectators.”

Last year’s event drew about 200 people from Colorado, Wyoming and Utah, and Olsen hopes for a similar crowd this year. If the weather permits, the ride-in will be held at the Wyman Living History Museum and Ranch, about one mile east of Craig on U.S. Highway 40. If it rains, the ride-in will be held at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.

“I think we have a lot of snowmobile history here,” Olsen said. “And we have some of the nicest area to snowmobile on in the state.”

Saturday’s events include the display and judging of snowmobiles from 1984 and earlier. Last year, participants brought in 53 machines, which won prizes for judges’, participants’ and spectators’ favorites.

Participants also may play games on Saturday and compete in a chili-cook-off, sponsored by the Craig Chamber of Commerce ambassadors.

Awards will be presented at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Olsen said they may tour the Artwalk downtown after dinner.

On Sunday, Olsen scheduled a ride at Freeman Reservoir.

“Last year on the ride, a lot of the newer people were amazed by the antique sleds,” she said.

She said last year’s show was one of the largest in the event’s history, second only to one held at Yellowstone National Park.

She hopes the event continues to grow and continues to be held in Craig. But the weather concerns Olsen.

“We don’t seem to be consistent with our snow in February, like we used to be,” she said.

If the show does leave, Olsen said she would consider starting a local event. But that’s not something she’s ready to worry about yet.

Right now, she is only interested in putting on a successful event Saturday and Sunday.

The cost is $5 to exhibit sleds. For more information, call Olsen at 824-4853 or the Craig Chamber of Commerce at 824-5689.

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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