Father’s Day weekend in Kremmling is always reserved for a very special combination of hometown tradition and inimitable fun. Simultaneous events transform the Town Square with the Chamber-sponsored Kremmling Days festivities and convert the Fairgrounds into a giant mud pit for the Redneck Mudshuffle to benefit the Middle Park Fair & Rodeo Royalty Scholarship Fund.
If you can remember the sound of children laughing, the taste of hot dogs and sarsaparilla, the colorful sight of balloons and handcrafts, you have but an inkling of the nostalgia-inducing neighborhood-style Kremmling Days. Residents and friends past and present will come together to enjoy such classic activities as the Firemen’s BBQ, a rolicking Friday night street dance, a Saturday morning parade, pancake breakfasts, and a Sunday morning church service in the park. Many will also participate in one or another of the more unique Kremmling events.
Eager runners will race across town, competing in the Mustang Mile foot race. Hopefuls will toss to their heart’s delight in the Horseshoe Tournament. Serious and not-so-serious golfers will play a 9-hole round of Kremmling’s distinct game of Cliff Golf, launching balls around and off of the area’s monumental cliffs. And enthusiasts will join the Rocky Mountain Armament for an explosive Father’s Day shoot filled with flame throwers, automatic machine gun practice, explosive dynamite targets and bowling ball mortar.
This year’s event will feature an expanded Kids Zone, complete with a Chillax Tent for waiting parents; an expanded beer garden; and two nights of rousing music by “Left of Center,” Toby Keith’s Bar-N-Grill House Band, all the way from Las Vegas. Vendors and food concessions will offer delights for sale. Park activities are free, save for the ticketed access to the Kids Zone. For more information or to register for Cliff Golf, contact the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce at 970-724-3472. Participation in the Armament Shootout is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 8-years-old and up. Extra costs may be incurred for ammunition. For more and to register, contact the Rocky Mountain Armament directly at 970-513-9596.
And if all that doesn’t provide more than enough new experience, Saturday’s Redneck Mudshuffle is a crowd-pleasing, rip-roaring event that sees modified trucks and cars race through an arena-sized mud-puddle for a combined fastest time. Contestants will compete in stock, super-stock, pro-stock, and modified classes. Cash prizes, part of a $1,500 added purse, will be awarded to the top three winners in each class.
Spectators can watch in awe from the covered grand stand or get mud-covered at the edge of the racetrack. All gate fees go directly to the Middle Park Fair & Rodeo Royalty Scholarship Fund. “It is the most important thing about the event,” says event organizer Kittie Docheff. Entrance to the event is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 3-12. Call the Kremmling Chamber for information, or register your vehicle online at middleparkfairandrodeo.com.