Eagle's signature summer celebration will hit town this weekend, and with a sweet theme.
Eagle Flight Days, which was first observed back in 1922 and has been continuously celebrated in town since 1961, is back with fun activities for all ages Friday through Sunday at Eagle Town Park
"The How Sweet it Is" theme will hopefully inspire people's inner sweet tooth," said event co-chair Roxie Deane. "Everyone has a favorite kind of candy and this is a chance to celebrate it."
Throughout the weekend, there will be food and crafts vendors set up around Eagle Town Park as well as lots of tables and chairs under the shade of large tents.
The festivities get under way at 5 p.m. Friday with the pet show and baby contest. The pet show is an opportunity for area kids to show off their furry, feathery, scaly or slimy friends and is hosted by the staff at Castle Peak Veterinary. The baby contest is for Eagle's youngest set, children up to 2 years old, and loads of prizes are awarded for everything from best dimples to chubbiest feet.
SomeTown will provide entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by popular Colorado band Chris Daniels and the Kings.
A pancake start
The action on Saturday gets going early as the Eagle Lions Club serves up their famed pancake breakfast. At 10 a.m. the Flight Days parade marches down Broadway. In honor of the organization's 100th anniversary celebration, local Girl Scouts will be this year's grand marshals.
For any individual, group or business interested in participating in the parade, registration is required by noon on Friday, June 22. Registration fee is $10 and registration forms are available on line at www.townofeagle.org. For the enjoyment of everyone, decorated entries only please. Prizes will be awarded for the entries that best reflect the "How Sweet it Is" theme.
After the parade, action shifts over to town park with the kids craft tent opening and a performance by the Vail Lawn Chair Brigade at 11 a.m.
The annual Flight Days Auction is being organized as a silent auction this year from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds from the auction directly off-set the expenses associated with the annual town celebration. Last year's auction raised approximately $7,000, which is roughly one-half of the event's operating expenses. Auction items in the past have ranged from rounds of golf to a season ski pass to lodging packages. Auction donations are welcome and anyone who would like to donate an item for the auction should please contact Rick Beveridge at 970-390-7594 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following up their parade appearance, local Girl Scouts plan a vintage uniform fashion show at 11:30 p.m. and will host a cookie bake off at noon.
New Shoes, then Hot Posse
Saturday afternoon includes trio of athletic events for kids and adults alike. A horseshoe competition gets under way at noon at the town pits. Cost is $5 per person and $10 per team. Blooperball (a co-ed softball contest) begins at 1 p.m. at the Bull Pasture Park. Cost is $5 per team and teams can register by contacting Sheryl Staten at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink at 970-328-5277. Teams can also sign up on the day of the event by arriving at the Bull Pasture Park at 1 p.m. sharp. Finally, a basketball shootout is planned at 3 p.m. at the town park courts. Register prior to the event start time.
Saturday's schedule also includes a performance by the EVHS Dance Team, a magic show and karaoke. From 6 to 8 p.m. New Shoes will perform followed by the band Hot Posse in concert from 8:30 to 11 p.m.
Sunday's action includes a 5K and 10K walk/run from 7 to 9 a.m., yoga in the park from 9 to 10 a.m. a grass volleyball tournament at the Bull Pasture Park at 9 a.m. and a youth talent show at noon.