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Derby parties, fight night, doggie dash 5k and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 5/3/19

The Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo parties top this weekend's events list

Kentucky Derby Parties

The Remedy Bar at the Four Seasons Vail will be serving up the classic mint julep as well as a “slushy” version of the traditional drink during the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
Larisa Graham | Special to the Daily

Get a taste of the Kentucky Derby by attending the Vail Derby Party, a fundraiser for Children’s Garden of Learning preschool. The $50 ticket includes heavy appetizers and drink tickets, including mint juleps and mint juleps from the slushy machine at Remedy Bar at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail. There will also be rare and specialty bourbons available at the Bourbon Bar that are straight from the Four Seasons Vail’s private collection and from their beverage director, Steven Teaver’s personal collection.

You’ll feel like you are at the racetrack with plenty of hats and seer-sucker and brightly colored suits being worn by party goers. All proceeds from this event go to support Children’s Garden of Learning’s financial aid program for low-income families, teacher retention, and building improvements.

Make a weekend of it and keep the party going at the Four Seasons. Room rates start at $165 per night with a $50 credit. For tickets go to and search for Vail Derby Party. Please note, this event did sell out last year.

Also in Vail, the 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit Company will be hosting its 4th annual Bridge Street Derby Party at its Tasting Room on Bridge Street from 2-6 p.m. Tickets are $35 and will be sold at the door and will include a southern-style barbecue and a mint julep in a pewter cup.

Besides the race on television, they will have a few raffles and contests of their own. Buy a raffle ticket for $5 and the winner will receive a bottle of 10th Mountain Whiskey. There will also be a “pick a loser” contest where you pick which three horses will finish at the back of the pack. All proceeds of the drawings are going to benefit the Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, who will also be providing a couple of mini-horses outside the tasting room to advertise the event.

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New this year, Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties will be hosting a Kentucky Derby watch party at the Inn at Riverwalk in Edwards. Come watch the action on a 120-inch television screen and enjoy food, drinks and a live band along with games and plenty of people sporting bow ties and big hats. The party goes from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The event benefits YouthPower365.

If you want to try before you buy, West Vail Liquor Mart will be doing a complimentary Four Roses mint julep tasting event on Friday at 4 p.m. Do a little taste test before you host your own Derby Day party at home. For more information, contact West Vail Liquor Mart at 970-476-2675.  

Cinco de Mayo

Jeff Woods | Special to the Daily
2Caption: Several Mexican restaurants will be hosting Cinco de Mayo parties on Sunday.

Jeff Woods | Special to the Daily

Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day, which is September 16, 1810, when they gained their sovereignty from Spain. May 5 actually marks the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.

In the U.S., the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. Larger cities like Los Angeles, Houston and Miami will host parades, traditional dances and concerts. Closer to home, Vail Valley restaurants will serve up some authentic fare and offer margarita specials.

Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen and Tequileria will kick off their Cinco de Mayo fiesta at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday and offer some great margaritas and tacos. Choose from their tasty Traditional, Fresh Tropical Fruit or Sandia Tajin Margarita for $7.50 each.

Taco Specials include steak, al pastor, brisket or chicken tinga tacos for $4 each or three for $10. Happy Hour cocktail, beer and margarita pricing will be available all night with wines going for $7 and beers for $6. Maya is located in the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Avon.

Agave in Avon will have specials between 2 and 7 p.m. like $1 tacos, $2 drafts and $3 margaritas. They will also be pouring $4 “snake” shots, which is their Herradura Silver tequila infused with yes, you guessed it, a rattlesnake. Their Barrique tequila will be on special for $5. The Barrique tequila is their house tequila and was created in 2001 after Agave purchased a used bourbon barrel and put 120 liters of 100% blue agave silver tequila in it. Enjoy live music on their patio from 3-6 p.m.

At Casa Mexico, where its tagline is, “Mexican food so authentic, you may leave speaking Spanish”, you’ll find two-for-one margaritas and micheladas at the Vail and Eagle locations. There will also be live music at the Eagle location with “El Caporal” performing at 6 p.m.

Fiestas in Edwards is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with giveaways, food and drink specials and pinatas. There will also be live music starting at 5 p.m. with Los Jefes de las Montanas.

Fight Night in Vail

Legacy Fighting Alliance 65 returns to Vail with a Mixed Martial Arts event that brings in some of the top talent on the international circuit to Dobson Arena.

Legacy Fighting Alliance 65 brings in top mixed martial arts athletes from around the world, but there will be a few locals participating, too. Hayward Charles was a winner in last year’s LFA Vail co-main event. Charles helps run Hybrid Nation in Avon.
Photo by Sean F. Boggs | Courtesy of Legacy Fighting Alliance

Legacy Fighting Alliance 65 (LFA 65) is a professional Mixed Martial Arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their skills and talent to fans and leaders in the industry.

This weekend’s showdown will feature the LFA 65 Flyweight bout between former LFA title challenger Brandon Royval and UFC veteran Joby Sanchez. Following the Flyweight fight is the Featherweight bout with Jose “Chepe” Mariscal and Joanderson “Tubarão” Brito, who are two of the top featherweight prospects in the sport.

LFA 65 will be the second LFA event to take place in Vail. It will also be the sixth time that LFA has traveled to the state of Colorado. There will be a few locals fighting in the event as well.

Along with the main card, the preliminary card boasts Vail Valley local Max Rojas is a Vail Valley local who will make his LFA debut on Friday. Carmen “Sage” Sawtelle, is a Vail Valley native and a Battle Mountain High School grad. Sawtelle, who is 3-0, won her MMA debut last May at the LFA event in Vail.

Hayward Charles helps run Hybrid Nation in Avon. Charles was a winner in last year’s LFA Vail co-main event. Another local, Matt Powers, trains at the local Inyodo Martial Arts and is making his LFA debut Friday as well.

The entire main card of LFA 65 will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 7 p.m. MST. For tickets and more information, go to

Books in Bloom

Meet the authors and learn the stories behind some of the plots you have been reading about with Books in Bloom, an annual event brought to you by the Eagle Valley Library District. The event will be held at the Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek starting at 2 p.m.

Bring your brown bag lunch for a conversation with Colorado novelist, Laura Pritchett at the Gypsum Public Library on Friday at 12 p.m.

This year’s event brings in award-winning authors Tara Conklin, Laura Pritchett and Matthew Sullivan. During the event, these authors will share tips on the creative writing process, what inspires them and the passion they have for their works.

After the author presentations, books will be available for purchase and each author will take time to sign books. Come mingle with the authors and fellow book lovers, enjoy lively discussions and sample delicious appetizers provided by the Grouse Mountain Grill. Tickets cost $50 and people can purchase tickets at the door the day of the event. More information can be found at

Doggie Dash 5k

The Doggie Dash 5k will be hosted at Nottingham Park in Avon on Saturday.
Tucker Good | Special to the Daily

Bring Fido out for some fun and fundraising this Saturday at the Doggie Dash 5k at Nottingham Park. The Battle Mountain Huskies team is hosting this fundraiser and will donate the proceeds to YouthPower365. YouthPower365 provides programming from cradle to career to ensure the youth of Eagle County are ready to meet the challenges life gives them. The year-round programming inspires, educates and empowers youth and their families.

The race will begin at 10:30 a.m. and check-in begins at 10 a.m. The race will be around Nottingham Lake, which is relatively flat, so it should be do-able for even the novice dasher. Stick around for the after-party and entertainment along with food trucks that will be serving up delicious eats after you work up an appetite. All furry friends are welcome, provided they are on a leash at all times. Tickets are $30 and can be found on

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