The Moffat County Fair kicks off tomorrow, celebrating 100 years. The Founders Day Luncheon is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Maybell Park. It’s free, and a potluck lunch, so bring a dish to share. The park in Maybell is where the Moffat County Fair started 100 years ago, in 1918. There will also be games and lawnmower races, and plenty of stories about the fair over the years.
Doctor Neal Fenton is retiring after more than 30 years as a dentist in Craig and Moffat County. He says one of the biggest changes was adding computer technology. Also, the shift from using gold in fillings and crowns into more durable and aesthetic zirconium and ceramic. Fenton also helped start the Northwest Dental Coalition. He has sold his practice to Jason Shockley who has moved to Craig from Michigan. The new name of the clinic is Yampa Valley Family Dentistry.
The Craig Chapter of PEO Sisterhood recently awarded gifts and scholarships to two Moffat County High School graduates. Jaci McDiffett and Olivia Neece are headed off for college, and now they have scholarships and dorm room gifts, thanks to the local PEO.
The Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice is Aug. 4, on the same day as the Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival. It is the first year for the race, which benefits the hospital program for Northwest Colorado Health. But first, there are the balloons. They’ll take off at 6:30 on that Saturday morning, from Loudy-Simpson Park. Then the Rubber Ducky Race begins at 9 a.m. from the Ranney Street Bridge. Tickets for the Rubber Ducky race are $10. If your duck makes it down the river and across the finish line first, you could win a $500 grand prize, or other cash prizes totaling $1,000. Get tickets online at www.NorthwestColoradoHealth.org/rubberducky, or at the balloon festival.
Colorado Day is Monday, Aug. 6, which is the day Colorado became a state back in 1876. Ulysses S. Grant was president. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will celebrate Colorado Day by offering free entrance at all 41 state parks. There is still a fee for camping, but if you want to visit a state park on Aug. 6, you can get in for free.
All of August is free for any active-duty military and veterans. That’s good at all 41 Colorado State Parks for the whole month.
Look for some partly cloudy skies today throughout Northwest Colorado. The high will be 88 degrees with a chance for an afternoon thunderstorm. Same with Saturday, but more of a chance for rain. Sunday will be sunny.
In sports, the National High School Finals of Rodeo have wrapped up in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Keenan Hayes of Hayden finished as the Reserve National Champion in bareback riding, and 5th in the bull riding. Hayes also won All-Around Rookie Cowboy and was second in the All-Around Cowboy rankings. Jace Logan of Yampa was fifth in steer wrestling. Also at nationals were Amber Salazar, and Kasen and Kinlie Brennise, all from Craig. The season for Colorado High School Rodeo Association’s high school and junior high events — including Moffat and Routt County athletes — will begin Aug. 25 and 26 in Eagle.
On Monday, the Moffat County High School boys golf team is headed to a golf camp in New Mexico for a few days, while football camp is in the afternoon in Craig.
And over in France, the defending champion of the Tour de France, Chris Froome, was riding very fast downhill when a policeman jumped out. Froome fell off his bike. The 33-year-old Briton and defending champion of the Tour de France now has a full-time personal bodyguard from his team, and even more security from the Tour de France.
Triple Crown winner, Justify, has retired. The undefeated three-year-old chestnut colt is retiring after winning all six races that he ran this year. Justify apparently has fluid in his left front ankle. Forbes has estimated that Justify is worth $60 million dollars, based on his breeding opportunities.