Weekend Roundup: Chainsaws, sharks and muscle cars
With roaring chainsaws, speedy sharks and a variety of vintage automotive power on display, the thrills are many in Moffat County this weekend.
A cut above
The 18th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous runs all day each day through Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park as chainsaw artisans create unique carvings that will become part of Moffat County, their skills also on display in Saturday’s Quick Carve Competition.
Craft and food vendors and a beer garden will set up shop Friday and Saturday, while Thunder Rolls Bowling Center and The Sizzling Pickle will sponsor a cornhole tournament.
A variety of musical acts will take the stage each afternoon, including River City Band and Buckstein Friday and Saturday shows by The Movers and Shakers and this year’s headliners, Big Head Todd and the Monsters.
Shuttles will be available starting at 10 a.m. Saturday from The O.P. Bar & Grill, JW Snack’s, Mathers Bar and Kmart.
When: Starts at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday; music starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday; winners announced at 5 p.m. Saturday and final concert at 5:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.
Cost: Free to attend Friday; $10 cover charge at the gate for 13 and older Saturday, $5 in advance
For more information: Visit whittlethewood.com or Facebook.com/whittlethewood, follow on social media with #2018WTW
You auto know
The 14th annual Bear River Young Life Car and Motorcycle Show features events both Friday and Saturday.
A free Friday barbecue at Yampa Valley Bank will be followed by a cruise around Craig ending at Loudy-Simpson and Whittle the Wood. The following day sees motorists display their classic cars and bikes along Yampa Avenue with the potential to win huge prizes.
A poker walk around downtown Craig will also be available, and all spectators are welcome to vote on their favorite rigs.
When: Barbecue at 5:30 p.m. Friday; registration starts at 8 a.m., show starts at 10 a.m. Saturday; poker walk begins at 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Friday at Yampa Valley Bank, 435 Mack Lane; Saturday in downtown Craig, 400 and 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue
Cost: Free to attend; entries $35 for first vehicle, $15 for each additional vehicle per family
For more information: Visit bearriver.younglife.org or call 970-629-9600
The sounds of summer
The summer concert series for JW Snack’s continues with The Movers & Shakers, which will perform on the patio area Friday.
When: 8 p.m. to midnight Friday
Where: JW Snack’s Bar and Grill, 210 E. Victory Way
Cost: No cover charge
For more information: Call 970-826-0468
Wet and wild
The second annual Pirates of the Yampa River Race and Poker Run takes place Saturday morning along the Yampa River in Moffat County with dual events for multiple watercrafts.
The river race and poker run are two separate events for those using kayaks, paddleboards and canoes covering several miles of the Yampa River, starting at the Loudy-Simpson boat ramp and Pebble Beach, respectively.
Funds will benefit the Yampa River Diversion Park.
When: Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., river race at 9 a.m., poker run registration starts at 11 a.m., race at 11:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: River race starts at Loudy-Simpson boat ramp; poker run starts at Pebble Beach
Cost: $5 per person per race
For more information: Call 970-824-8114 or visit http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/YampaRiver/Documents/YampaRiverAreaBrochure.pdf
Early morning run
Wake up bright and early for Friends of Moffat County Education’s Wake the Whittler 5K and One-Mile Fun Run along a course around Loudy-Simpson Park.
All runners will receive a t-shirt and the top male and female runners in each age group will take home prizes. Funds benefit FMCE’s work with local schools.
When: Registration starts at 7:15 a.m., races start at 8 a.m. Saturday
Where: Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.
Cost: $20 for adults, free to ages 17 and younger
For more information: Contact email@example.com
Sharks in the pool
Youth swim team Craig Sea Sharks hosts its annual swim meet Saturday and Sunday as groups from across the Western Slope hit the waters of Craig Pool Complex.
Athletes range from age 4 to teenagers and spectators are welcome to cheer on local competitors.
When: Starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Craig Pool Complex, 605 Washington St.
Cost: Admission is free
For more information: Call 970-629-5155
Downtown Craig Farmers Market kicks off the summer Saturday with the first of its weekly installments, which will be available at Alice Pleasant Park through September.
Locally grown produce, baked goods and crafts are among the items available, and organizers will provide live music and specialty offers from surrounding businesses.
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 1
Where: Alice Pleasant Park, 500 block of Yampa Avenue
Cost: Free to attend; $25 to sell for one day, $50 for one month, $100 for summer
For more information: 970-274-1792, 970-824-7898 or https://www.facebook.com/downtowncraigfarmersmarket/
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New Creation Church bringing back its egg hunt, taking place Saturday, April 20 with 25,000 eggs on the grounds of the place of worship at 520 Westridge Road.