Weekend Roundup: Summer fun is heating up
In the weekend leading up to the Fourth of July, join in for some all-American fun around Northwest Colorado.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Elkhead Reservoir Fishing Classic continues through Saturday at Elkhead Reservoir State Park. Many cash prizes are offered for anglers, including $750 each for the sportsman who catches the most total pike and most bass during the nine-day event.
Many other prizes totaling $4,500 will be offered daily for smallest, largest and greatest number of fish given out by 5:30 p.m. each day.
There is no limit for how many northern pike or smallmouth bass can be caught.
When: All day each day through Saturday
Where: Elkhead Reservoir
Cost: No entry fee to compete; check with CPW about fishing license, camping and access costs
More information: Visit http://cpw.state.co.us/tournament
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
Food and faith
New Creation Church of Craig hosts its third annual BBQ and Baptisms Sunday. Immediately following the morning service at the church, organizers will host a meal of hamburgers, hot dogs and more, with attendees asked to bring side dishes to Loudy-Simpson Park.
In the afternoon, the site will be at Pebble Beach, where those who wish to can be baptized in the Yampa River, after which members will float the river back to Loudy-Simpson.
When: Barbecue following the 9:30 a.m. service; baptisms at 2 p.m.
Where: Loudy-Simpson Park and Pebble Beach
Cost: Free; participants should bring a side dish
For more information: Call 970-826-0792
‘The way it is’
The Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series welcomes Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers Saturday as part of its season. The famed act will also feature special guest Rob Drabkin.
When: Opening act starts at 5 p.m., headliners at 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Howelsen Hill, Steamboat Springs
Cost: Free admission
For more information: Visit keepinitfree.com
Out and about
Yampa River State Park will host several days of educational activities throughout the weekend, including puzzles, crafts and reading, presentations about bald eagles, owls and other birds, as well as displays for Dutch oven cooking and multiple other fun events.
Some activities may be limited in space.
When: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 to 10 a.m. Sunday; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
Where: Yampa River State Park, 6185 W. US Highway 40, Hayden
Cost: Check with organizers
For more information: Call 970-279-2061 or visit cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/YampaRiver
Fun on the Fourth
The seventh annual Fourth of July parade hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 takes place Tuesday as local vets invite the community to celebrate the birthday of their nation. The route goes from the VFW to Ledford Street with prizes going toward the top floats and free picnic complete with games and more back at the post, as well as a dedication of the local war memorial. Later in the evening will be the annual fireworks display to round out the holiday festivities.
When: Parade lineup starts at 10 a.m., parade begins at 11 a.m., picnic at noon Tuesday; fireworks begin at dusk Tuesday
Where: Parade and picnic at VFW post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way; fireworks at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane
Cost: Call 970-629-3345
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