Citizens of the Year
Middle Park Fair and Rodoe - Kremmling, CO

Chris and Bernie Murphy


Citizens of the Year - Middle Park Fair and RodeoChris and Bernie Murphy made the decision to move to Kremmling in 2000 so their daughter, Jacey, would be free of the constraints of being on oxygen. She was born premature and at 20 months old still needed to have supplemental oxygen at their Summit County home, which was at an altitude of 9,000 feet. The Murphys, who own Murphy’s Restaurant in Silverthorne found that the relatively lower elevation of Kremmling provided the respite their daughter needed. It meant a longer daily commute to work but it is a move they now call one of the best decisions they ever made. “We love the community and we love the school system,” Chris says. “We found the perfect home for our family.”

Bernie moved from Virginia to Summit County in 1977. He was looking to live, work and play in the mountains of Colorado. In 1991, Chris and a friend were traveling through Summit County from Wisconsin on their way to California. They had run out of funds and were looking for traveling money when they applied for work at the restaurant that Bernie was managing. Chris found more than a job as a relationship blossomed; Bernie and she married in 1994. The couple purchased the Funhog Ranch Bar and Grill on Highway 9 in Silverthorne and opened Murphy’s Food and Spirits.

In Kremmling, the Murphy’s quickly became part of the community. Chris had attended college on a rodeo scholarship and easily fit in with the local roping club as well as the ranching community. She is looking forward to this summer when she plans to team rope with her daughter. Jacey was involved with 4-H while growing up and with FFA when she attended West Grand High School, from which she graduated in 2017. She is pursuing her love of animals as she majors in zoology at Colorado State University.

Chris was involved for numerous years with the Middle Park Fair Board and was part of the group that was entrusted with planning the Centennial Celebration in 2016. She was superintendent of the 4-H Horse Show for a number of years as well as superintendent of awards for the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo. She was also a member of Zeta Pi Sorority, she helped raise money for the Kremmling Fireworks show, serves as the clerk for the Junior Livestock Sale and was a past leader for the Blue Ribbon 4-H Club.

Bernie helped coach T-ball, has been the superintendent for music at the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo and has been a member of the Kremmling Memorial Hospital District since 2010. In that position, he has been the president for the past six years and has been part of the leadership group that has overseen KMHD doing business as Middle Park Medical Center and expanded services throughout Grand and Jackson counties. Both of the Murphy’s have been supporters of the Bits and Spurs Club, the Winter Park Horseman’s Association and have been constant volunteers and supporters of events and programs within the West Grand School District. The Murphys speak often of their love for Kremmling, its residents as well as their gratefulness for the home and lives they have in west Grand County.

It has been a reciprocal relationship, however, one in which the community has derived a great benefit from having Bernie, Chris and Jacey share their lives, their skills, their talents and passions. Many have benefitted from the positive attitudes, friendly smiles and willingness to share from the Murphy family.

Thank you Chris and Bernie and congratulations on being named the 2018 Middle Park Fair and Rodeo Citizens of the Year.

Please join us on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 beginning at noon in the Dance Hall to celebrate our Pioneers & Citizens for this year.

Thank you to all the sponsors for this year —
A & B Supply/Colorado Custom Services, Grand County Commissioners, and Grand Mountain Bank.