Celebrating Kremmling Days
Special to the Sky-Hi News
KREMMLING – Kremmling celebrated Father’s Day weekend in hometown style with its Kremmling Days event, filling the weekend with food, fun, mud, music and more.
The Town Square transformed for the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual festival as tents popped up with food vendors, artisans and other purveyors of carnival wares. Palates were tempted with such wide-ranging goodies as freshly roasted corn-on-the-cob, cheese-smothered spiral chips, and homemade baked goods. Shopping bags were filled with handcrafted art and jewelry, locally distilled essential oils and Peruvian shawls. Children were delighted with bouncy castles, human hamster balls, and the same three-legged, sac-racing, water-relay events that their parents wax nostalgic about.
Residents past and present came out for the traditional staples of the event, including the Fireman’s BBQ, a Saturday morning parade, pancake breakfasts, an all-alumni reunion and a Sunday morning church service in the park. They visited with friends in the beer garden and reveled in live music provided by the Sasquatch Mountain Project, Live to Tell and Kremmling’s own Blue River Band.
Twenty ambitious runners showed up Saturday morning for the Mustang Mile, dashing half the length of town. Students Tyler Scholl and Miranda Thomas took the race with respective times of 4:43 and 6:42.
The horseshoe tournament drew 16 people for its first double-elimination round where entrants were partnered with a blind draw. The enjoyment of the event was enough to encourage a spontaneous second round with eight teams playing as well. The two rounds garnered four first-place winners with Ron Lindquist and Allen Steele, and Rusty Branstetter and Kyle Steele sharing the entry monies.
Nearly 100 people turned up for a nine-hole round of Kremmling’s distinctive game of cliff golf. Launching golf balls around and off the area’s landmark cliffs, golfers played for donated prizes on each hole. The winning team, made up of Ryan Jones, Scott Marquardt, and Bill and Mike Wheatley, scored a low 60 points and made off with the grand prize of two more rounds of golf at Grand Elk and Pole Creek golf courses.
The stands at the fairgrounds were packed for the annual Redneck Mud Shuffle. Thirty-eight entrants lined up their vehicles to play in the man-made but giant-sized mud puddle. Kids lined the fence waiting to be sprayed by the flying muck.
With a goal of driving through the mud course with a combined fastest time, contestants drove through once and then again, reversing their order. Trophies were awarded to the top three winners of each of four classes. The three fastest totals were Jose Munoz in his truck Honcho with 7.36 seconds, Willie Mast in Amish Outlaw with 7.96 seconds, and Ron Smith in Up in Smoke with 8.03 seconds.
A third flag race was run with 15 contestants, and Kremmling native J.D. Docheff took first place with 6.54 seconds.
The race was a both a huge crowd pleaser and a successful fundraiser for the Middle Park Fair & Rodeo Royalty Scholarship fund. Organizer Kittie Docheff said that all proceeds from the gate fee go directly to the fund and that “that’s the most important thing about the event.”
In all, by the time the tents were coming down on Sunday, there had been an opportunity for everyone in town to enjoy something, whether it was action-packed, engine-roaring mud slinging or quieter story-filled reunions with family and friends, old and new.
Feedback has already been positive, said Chamber Director Shelly McManus.
“We are thrilled with the success of this year’s Kremmling Days, and so thankful to everyone who helped make it happen,” McManus said. “We couldn’t do it without you.”
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