Western winter wonderland abounds at Craig Rotary’s Diamonds & Spurs | CraigDailyPress.com

Western winter wonderland abounds at Craig Rotary’s Diamonds & Spurs

CRAIG — With an abundance of formal flair and cowboy creativity, the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion was brimming with fancy decor, fine food, and holiday cheer from a pair who are seasoned in bringing the energy any time of year.

Rotary Club of Craig brought a touch of elegance Saturday night during Diamonds & Spurs, the service organization’s annual fundraiser gala.

As part of the festivities, the group announced its honoree for 2018’s Bill and Nancy Muldoon Humanitarian of the Year, given to locals who give their time and effort to improving the lives of others.

Though not in costume, George and Ann Kidder were honored for their many years acting as the area’s Christmastime Santa and Mrs. Claus, during which they have touched many lives and aided multiple organizations.

The couple moved last year to Florida, though they are still fondly remembered in Moffat County, as evidenced by the standing ovation the crowd provided.

A video presentation by Rotary showed the couple in character, discussing their favorite things about being the poster children for the holiday season in Craig.

For Ann, visiting the elderly was an important part.

“When you walk in, it’s just like a shining light,” she said in the video.

Keeping the magic of Santa alive beyond early childhood was what George mentioned.

Similar to Rotary’s Four-Way Test, he detailed the four stages of Santa most people experience throughout their lives.

“One, you believe. Number two, you don’t,” he said, noting the transition from wide-eyed youngsters to more skeptical young adults.

“Three, you are (like Santa), because you’re married, and you’ve got kids. Then, number four, you look like him.”

Between decorations from the walls and ceilings, the pavilion captured the sense of wintertime mixed with prom.

First-time attendees Kelsea and Ron Henry, both new to Craig and working at Memorial Regional Health, commented on the look of the venue.

“It looks amazing in here,” I’m really impressed with it,” Kelsea said.

Rotary’s Randy Looper noted the night couldn’t have gone off without aid from KC Hume in the DJ booth, Moffat County High School Jazz Band in the kitchen and bussing tables, and a menu provided by KS Kreations.

He added that every table was full.

“A lot of people come back year after year, have a lot of fun, it’s just been fantastic this year,” he said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.