What’s new for Kremmling in 2018?


Grand Old West to hold Tuesday night poker tournaments, Middle Park Meat to offer locally raised beef.

by Christy Parrott In the coming year, Kremmling can look forward to strong traditions and exciting additions. Soon, everyone can participate in the Wolford Ice Fishing contest in February and the Ice Hole Golf Tournament and Snowmobile Poker Run in March. Additionally, the 4th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration falls on a Saturday this year, which will allow for extended hours and, hopefully, a Mariachi band.

Speaking of bands, Left of Center, who played last years Kremmling Days to great success, has agreed to return. This band drew a huge crowd, playing songs for every generation. Both nights will cost $3500, so sponsors are greatly encouraged and appreciated. Additionally, the Roadkill Supper will return this year, and the Chamber is open to suggestions for participation and improvements.

As nearly everyone knows, new businesses have arrived, allowing locals and tourists more choices with entertainment and dining. Grand Adventure Brewing Company looks forward to construction of the brewery and restaurant renovations in early January. Over the summer months, everyone can listen to live music on the patio and menus will include a dine-anddash lunch menu, as well as a worker’s lunch special, which includes 1/3 lb burger and pint. “If you can’t have a beer with lunch, you can redeem it after five,” Owner Rick Reliford reassures.

Fresh menu selections can to be found at Grand Old West, where owner Shawn Wheatley plans to run a poker tournament every Tuesday after the start of the new year. “We’ll be running three tables in the dining room, a Texas Holdem, Stud, and Dealer’s Choice,” Wheatley says. Starting time will begin around 6:30 p.m (though, everyone is welcome to come early and grab a bite). And, Middle Park Meat Company will begin offering locally-raised beef selections (note their new phone number: 970-724-3786).

Kremmling can also look forward to new opportunities. Grand County Economic Development is spearheading a project called “Create Here,” which will highlight 6 towns in Grand County and offer incentives to attract new businesses. The Chamber can help anyone interested to apply and assist with ideas for the perfect Kremmling-focused niche to maximize success.

With any luck, the new year will bring more snow, which remains a concern that affects the entire community. The lack of snowmobilers, ice fisherman, winter enthusiasts and passersby impact restaurants, retail and gas outlets. “Making it all the more important to spend local,” Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelly McManus stresses, “So that money stays circulating in our small community. Purchasing local gift cards and Chamber Bucks is a great way to keep the money here in Kremmling.”

That being said, the taps won’t run dry, according to Town Manager Mark Campbell, when it comes to water resources, “The town has backup plans left, right and center.”

Ours is a community that knows how to stay connected and get things done. “The awesome thing about living in Kremmling is the tight-knit community and its family values,” McManus says. So, whether it’s showing up to a longstanding festivity or trying something new, 2018 is sure to see everyone supporting one another and nourishing Kremmling’s strong roots.