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RANGELY I If you’re planning to stay in Rangely for this holiday weekend, you’ll have plenty of entertainment options.
During the last few years, the Western Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District (WRBM) has scaled up its offerings, from family-friendly fun to serious competition, not to mention a fireworks show rivaling that of many larger towns in the region.
Fourth of July weekend activities begin early this year, with teams set to tee off for a night golf competition at Cedar Ridges Golf Course on Thursday evening.
Friday at dusk kicks off the fireworks display put on by WRBM, the Rangely Rural Fire Protection District and local sponsors, with more than 4,400 rockets set to launch over Kenney Reservoir. Come a bit early to snag a prime viewing spot from your favorite chair, tailgate or boat.
New Eden Pregnancy Care Services kicks off its second annual Color Run/Walk 5K Saturday morning at 9 a.m. from its new location at 219 S. Sunset Ave. Participants walk or run the stroller-friendly course and get doused with colored powders along the way, followed by an optional tour through the new center. The $15 individual or $55 immediate family registration fees, all of which benefit New Eden, include T-shirts that will make nice souvenirs after their trip through the course. Register early at the WRBM Recreation Center or beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday morning at New Eden.
At 10 a.m., rib cook-off contestants will set up next to the Elks Park main pavilion to smoke or grill two racks of baby-back ribs for judging by a five-person panel at 5 p.m. Chefs may marinate or season meat ahead of time, but actual cooking must be done on site. The WRBM will award cash prizes for first through third places.
From noon to 3 p.m., kids can come to Elks Park to get wet and wild on WRBM’s multiple inflatables. Local family band Crossroads plays classic and current rock favorites at the same time.
Finally, the WRBM offers its third annual Surf ‘n’ Turf meal at 6 p.m., including steak, shrimp and all the fixings at the Elks Park pavilion, with hot dog meals for kids. Tickets need to have been purchased earlier this week.
Local singer Angie Kenney will start up the evening’s entertainment at 6:30 p.m. with a mix of country and pop tunes.
For more information, contact Camilla Kennedy or Kirsten Cushman at the WRBM Recreation and Park District in Rangely at at 675-8211.