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Weekend Roundup: Good times soaring into the sky

Moffat County Balloon Festival takes place with balloon launches Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Rarely does a weekend include entertainment by sea, land and air all at the same time, but it's a very special schedule the next few days in Northwest Colorado.

On the rise

The annual Moffat County Balloon Festival takes off Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Loudy-Simpson Park with numerous hot air balloon pilots filling the skies.
Friday will see a smaller initial flight as 26 balloons launch, with a full field of 32 Saturday and Sunday. Throughout the day Saturday, the festival will feature many family activities, including the Colorado Cruisers Car Show, the over-the-line softball tournament, Yampa Valley Artisans, food and crafts vendors, appearances by juggling troupe We're Not Clowns and musical performances by country singer Bill Clark and country rock group Narrow Gauge Railroad.
The day concludes with the evening balloon glow as pilots light up the night.
When: Balloons launch at 6:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday; activities all day Saturday
Where: Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: mcballoonfestival.com

Centennial celebration

As part of the 100th Moffat County Fair, event organizers will have a community parade Friday in downtown Craig.
The promenade begins from the Craig Middle School parking lot, down Yampa Avenue and along Victory Way, with entrants including local groups and agricultural highlights.
When: Noon Friday
Where: Parade runs along Yampa Avenue, Victory Way
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: moffatcountyfair.org

Make a splash

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition will host the Middle School Splash Party Friday at Craig Pool Complex specifically for middle school-aged students.
The evening features pizza, games and prizes.
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Craig Pool Complex, 605 Washington St.
Cost: Admission $5
For more information: 970-824-5752 or grandfutures.org

The sounds of summer

The summer concert series for JW Snack's continues with local rock group Black Mountain Riot, which will perform on the patio area Friday and Saturday.
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

Early morning run

Wake up bright and early for Friends of Moffat County Education's Elevate Education 5K and One-Mile Fun Run along a course around Loudy-Simpson Park during Moffat County Balloon Festival.
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 6:30 a.m., races start at 7 a.m. Saturday
Where: Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.
Cost: $20 for adults, free to ages 17 and younger
For more information: info@moffatcountyeducation.org

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More in store

Bear River Young Life's annual charity golf tournament tees off Saturday morning at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The tourney includes many fun features and benefits the youth ministry organization's work with local youth.
Space is limited to 27 teams.
When: Starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394
Cost: $65 per golfer, $260 per team
For more information: bearriver.younglife.org

Floating fun

Northwest Colorado Health hosts its annual Rubber Ducky Race Saturday morning along the Yampa River.
Hundreds of ducks representing entries in the contest will be dropped from the Ranney Street bridge and float along the water to be collected near Loudy-Simpson Park.
The grand prize is $500 with a total $1,000 in prizes, and winners do not need to be present.
Ticket sales benefit the health outlet's hospice program.
When: 9 a.m. Saturday
Where: Route runs on Yampa River from Ranney Street bridge to Loudy-Simpson Park
Cost: Ducks $10 apiece
For more information: 970-871-7609 or northwestcoloradohealth.org/rubberducky

Homegrown hometown

Downtown Craig Famers Market will set up shop 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/

Fair's fair

The 100th Moffat County Fair features events throughout the weekend and the beginning of the week at Moffat County Fairgrounds. Among the happenings are Friday and Saturday's open horse show; Sunday's Working Ranch Horse Jackpot, open dog agility trials and ice cream social; Monday's 4-H and FFA halter and performance horse show; and Tuesday's 4-H dog show.
When: 4 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. Monday, 8 a.m. Tuesday
Where: Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way
Cost: Admission is free
For more information: moffatcountyfair.org
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