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Weekend Roundup: Fun on the fly in Northwest Colorado

If you’re planning to engage in any of the activities in Moffat County this weekend, it’s bound to be colorful, whether it involves the clear blue sky, golf course greens or red-hot heat of an island celebration.

Homemade goodness

The Downtown Craig Farmers Market takes place each Friday afternoon at Alice Pleasant Park.
The gathering is full of local vendors selling homegrown produce, homemade delicacies, specialty artisan crafts and other unique goods.
Organizers are also taking applications for additional booths.
A special drum circle presentation will take place at 3 p.m. each week, as well, and all are welcome to join.
When: Noon to 6 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 26
Where: Alice Pleasant Park, 500 block of Yampa Avenue
Cost: Free to attend; booth space is $10 per event, $25 per month or $50 for the summer
For more information: Call 970-274-1792

The sounds of summer

On Friday and Saturday, JW Snack’s brings back the region’s own River City Band. Enjoy the eatery’s patio area with live music as part of the summer concert series.
When: 8 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday
Where: JW Snack’s Bar and Grill, 210 E. Victory Way
Cost: No cover charge
For more information: Call 970-826-0468

Sky high

The eighth annual Moffat County Balloon Festival will launch 25 hot air balloons for the public Saturday and Sunday at Loudy-Simpson Park. The early morning event will lead into a multitude of free family activities in the park throughout the day ranging from Adventure Zone inflatables to Native American dancers to a pie-eating contest to We’re Not Clowns Juggling and Comedy Troupe to a walk-through of an inflated balloon.
An evening balloon glow will start at dusk Saturday night, while a second launch will take place Sunday morning.
All events are weather-pending.
When: Balloons launch at 6:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; activities run all day Saturday; balloon glow at dusk Saturday
Where: Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.
Cost: Admission is free
For more information: Visit mcballoonfestival.com

Elevate your heart rate

The Elevate Education 5K and One-Mile Fun Run hosted by Friends of Moffat County Education will take place shortly after the balloon launch for Moffat County Balloon Festival.
Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., and the price is $20 per runner, with kids under 18 free.
The proceeds will benefit FMCE’s work with local schools.
When: Registration starts at 6:30 a.m., race at 7 a.m. Saturday
Where: Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.
Cost: $20 for adults, free to kids under 18
For more information: Contact info@moffatcountyeducation.org

Hard hitters

The second annual Yampa Valley Young Professional Balls Out Co-Ed Softball Tournament swings into action during Moffat County Balloon Festival.
The format is BYOB with food vendors available and will feature a round robin format with at least three games per team, as well as more games and a home run derby with enough involvement.
Registration is still available but may include a late fee.
When: Starts at 7 a.m.
Where: Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.
Cost: $200 per team, with possible late fee
For more information: Call 970-629-8578 or 970-629-2544.

Teed off

Get your clubs ready for the Bear River Young Life 2017 Charity Golf Tournament Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course.
The tournament benefiting the youth ministry organization includes a $1,700 payout and many unusual options including a designated driver hole with beer goggles and multiple prizes available, including $24,000 for the first person to claim a hole-in-one on YVGC’s seventh hole.
Register will be accepted through the day of the tourney, but spots are limited.
When: 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Saturday
Where: Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394
Cost: $260 per foursome or $65 per person
For more information: Call 970-620-1975 or visit bearriver.younglife.org

A love for the classics

The Colorado Cruisers Classic Car Show will host a free barbecue and cruise Friday night leading up to its show, which takes place all day Saturday during Moffat County Balloon Festival.
There is still time to register your auto for the display, whether in advance through Friday or for an extra charge the day of the show.
When: Barbecue and cruise at 6:30 p.m. Friday; show registration starts at 7:30 a.m., show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.
Cost: Pre-registration $25 for first car, day-of registration $30
For more information: Call 970-824-6574 or 970-629-1503 or visit krai.com/cc

Good company

New Mexico rock group N Company Band will perform in multiple locales during the weekend, including shows at Cassidy’s Bar and Lounge and an afternoon appearance Saturday at Moffat County Balloon Festival.
When: 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Cassidy’s Bar and Lounge at Clarion Inn & Suites, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13; Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.
Cost: Contact organizers
For more information: Call 970-824-4000

The fun is heating up

Craig Fire/Rescue hosts its 78th annual luau celebration Saturday night at The OP Bar & Grill.
Among the features for the adult evening are a costume contest, limbo contest, dancing, a dunk tank and a new cornhole tournament. Money goes toward local scholarships.
Tickets are available at The OP, the fire station or from any firefighter.
When: 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday
Where: The OP Bar & Grill, 534 E. Victory Way
Cost: $10 per ticket
For more information: Call 970-824-5914

Son of a sailor band

Bluffett, a tribute group dedicated to tropical rocker Jimmy Buffett, will headline Moffat County Balloon Festival Saturday night.
Whether you’re a Parrothead or just a casual fan, listen to the sounds of “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise” in a breezy outdoor setting.
When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.
Cost: Free admission
For more information: Visit mcballoonfestival.com

Fair enough

The 99th annual Moffat County Fair will be in full swing next week, but the weekend before includes several happenings, especially if you have an appreciation for horses.
Open horse shows include the English division Friday, western division Saturday, the Working Ranch Horse Jackpot Sunday and halter and horse show Monday.
Sunday will also include Cowboy Church and country gospel music by John Wayne Band, followed by the open dog agility trials and an ice cream social.
Be sure to drop by in the following week for even more fun put on by 4-H families.
When: Starts at 4 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Where: Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way
Cost: Free
For more information: Visit moffatcountyfair.com
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