Get ready for Kremmling Days this year as we “Honor our History while Embracing Tomorrow.”
The tradition of Kremmling Days has a respectable history. It has been celebrated since 1950 when the Kremmling Volunteer Fire Department started a day for fun and frolic. However, it is a popular belief that Kremmling Days originated from Railroad Days, a three day celebration first held over the 4th of July in 1906.
Over time, Kremmling Days has become the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual event that occurs on the third Saturday of June, usually in conjunction with Father’s Day weekend. This year’s activities will launch on Friday afternoon and continue to Sunday.
Friday, June 15
Fireman’s BBQ | Expanded Beer Garden | Friday Night Entertainment
The entertainment begins on Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. when the KidsZone is set-up at the Town Square. The KidsZone is for all ages and will feature many fun activities this year. The Chamber likes to keep things fresh by switching things up. This year’s activities include the Mechanical Bull, Dual Splashing Slide, Animal Land Bounce House, Bouncy House, Open Air Photo Booth, Hydro Blasters, Human Hamster Balls and Track as well as fun yard games. People will also be happy to know that Wild West Soda’s will be returning from Texas again this year.
Wristbands will be available for purchase in Town Square so kids can have unlimited rides. There will also be individual tickets available for those who may only want to experience one or two rides.
While the kids are entertained in the KidsZone, parents can enjoy live music and a cold beer as they can shop the 26 plus vendors in the park.
The expanded beer garden will now include the playground area and grassy areas in the Town Square. It will open at 5 p.m. The beer garden will offer Bud, Bud Lite, Shock Top, and a Chamber Special. The Chamber requests that entrances are used and people do not jump over the pennant fence.
The Fireman’s BBQ begins at 6 p.m. and will continue until the firefighters run out of food to serve. The cost for the plate is $10 for locally smoked BBQ beef, baked beans, corn on the cob, watermelon and a beverage.
The live music kicks off at 6 p.m. with A.M Whiskey, the talented band from Memphis, Tennessee. They play a vast array of music including Country, Southern Rock, Classic Rock, Rock, and other genres. They will be sure to get the crowd dancing.
Saturday, June 16
The morning begins with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the pavilion in Town Square. The pancake breakfast is a fundraiser for Friends of the Grand County Library.
Breakfast is followed by the Mustang Mile at 9:45 a.m. Runners wishing to participate should meet by the red storage sheds along Highway 40 and 17th street at 9 a.m. The registration is $20 and the mile will end at the Town Square. Racers will catch the enthusiasm from the crowd along the parade route as they cheer them on to the finish line. All monies collected is used to fund the West Grand Cross Country.
Parade line-up begins at 8:30 a.m. at the high school and the parade will begin at 10 a.m. It proceeds from the high school down Highway 40 (Park Avenue) and will end just past the Town Square.
Bill Wyatt and Tom Cary, the parade announcers are stationed at the Town Square, but anywhere along the parade route allows for good viewing. Floats and participants in the parade often throw candy to those along the parade route so bring bags to collect candy.
Those who have not already registered with the Chamber of Commerce can still join the parade by filling out the parade application located on the www. kremmlingchamber.com website under events and turning it in with their $5 to the Chamber.
The Grand Marshals of the parade this year are Chris and Bernie Murphy. Chris and Bernie moved to Kremmling in 2000. Chris owns Grand Appraisal in Kremmling and served on the Middle Park Fair & Rodeo Board. Bernie owns Murphy’s Irish Pub in Silverthorne and is currently the chair of the Kremmling Memorial Hospital Board. The couple will also be honored at this year’s fair as Citizens of the Year.
Royalty this year for the parade will be King Garrett Miller and Queen Sydney Ritschard and Attendants Ralin Corrales and Hailey McNichols. All members of the royalty court are 2018 West Grand graduates and were chosen on the basis of their community involvement and academic achievement by their teachers.
The Kremmling Firefighters still continue the tradition of the Kids’ Games on Saturday after the parade at 11 a.m. The games are fun for all ages and are classic favorites of foot races, bucket brigade, sawdust pit, egg toss and minifirefighter challenge.
The Beer Garden opens once again at 11 a.m. on Saturday. This in the expanded beer garden those enjoying a cold drink from the beer garden can also eat it with their meal as it approaches noon.
The Horseshoe Tournament will be held at the Grand Adventure Brewing Company. Sign-ups will begin at 11 a.m. with a calcutta following sign-ups. The action will begin at noon. There is a $10 entry fee.
Cliff Golf begins at 11 a.m. at the Kremmling Cliffs. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Kremmling Chamber Center and an award ceremony is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Town Square. Prizes are awarded for those closest to the target for first, second and third. The prizes were donated by local businesses. Register early (before Saturday morning) if you would like to receive a FREE golf ball.
Vendors/Free Museum Tours
Vendors will be offering food and merchandise throughout the day and the KidsZone will continue.
The Heritage Museum in Kremmling will be offering free tours throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 111 N. 4th Street (across from Big Shooters) and boasts six historic buildings.
All School Reunion and Alumni Dinner
West Grand graduates and Kremmling Union High School graduates can visit at the Alumni dinner. The dinner is Saturday, June 16, at West Grand High School, east commons, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are appreciated, but not needed. (Look for the West Grand Alumni Association tent in the park, Friday and Saturday.) The price for dinner is $20.00 per person, with any proceeds going to the Alumni Association scholarship fund.
Other Saturday entertainment:
The KidsZone, vendors, beer garden and live entertainment will be available form 11 am – 10 pm in Town Square. Many of the vendors will have traveled from places as far as Texas to be part of Kremmling Days.
The Blue River Band, Kremmling’s local band, will play crowd pleasing favorites from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday night will be rocking with A.M. Whiskey again from 6-10 P.M. It’s time to kick up your boots as you enjoy all of the festivities in Town Square.
SUNDAY, June 17
Pancake Breakfast/Church Service
The weekend winds down with a pancake breakfast in the park at 8 a.m. followed by a Church Service in the Town Square at 10 a.m. The service is hosted by Gore Range, Kremmling Community Church, Parshall Chapel and Trinity Episcopal. Everyone is invited to attend.
Ed Pickering Memorial Roping The inaugural
Ed Pickering Memorial Roping will begin at 11 a.m. at the Kremmling Fairgrounds. Entries will be taken at 9:30 a.m. The first roping will be a #9 Scrambled Egg Pick. The second roping will be a #12 Pick 1 Draw 1 and the third roping will be a prize scholarship roping draw. The roping is hosted by the Middle Park Roping Club. For more information call Shea at 970- 531-6876 or Jordan at 970-531-9109.
A MESSAGE ABOUT DOGS from the Town of Kremmling and the Chamber. Although we love your furry friends, they need to be left at home during Kremmling Days. There will be many children playing throughout the park, and we need to keep it dog free.