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Dusty Boot hosts festival in Eagle

Sarah Mausolf
smausolf@vaildaily.com
Eagle, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado ” The Dusty Boot promises a kickin’ party in Eagle, Colorado this weekend.

Boot Days, a three-day festival at the restaurant, include bands, bike rides and barbecues. Dusty Boot owner John Shipp said Boot Days will be the first of many free events at the eatery.

“When we first were looking at this lot three years ago, I envisioned being able to do spring, fall and summer festivals,” he said.

The party kicks off Friday night with live music on the deck from Vail rock-bluegrass band Laughing Bones.

Along with music, Boot Days boasts plenty of activities for cyclists on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors to the festival can partake in bike rides along mountain trails, Shipp said. They can also test out bikes from several cycling companies or sign up for clinics on how to change tires and oil chains, he said.

Boot Days is one of several events that have been planned this month as part of Eagle Bike Month.

A group of Eagle businesses have organized events to promote the town’s image as a cycling hotspot.

“Eagle has great trails if you’re an avid mountain biker,” Shipp said. “It’s really celebrating the fact that we’re an early season biking destination.”

The Dusty Boot and several other Eagle County businesses are sponsoring Boot Days. Shipp hopes 500 to 1,000 people will attend.

Gypsum resident Bubby Conway, 52, said he plans to stop by the Dusty Boot to socialize.

“I’m going to swing by to see what they’ve got to eat and have a few drinks,” he said.

Gypsum resident Knuckles Gale, 43, said he’s thinking about heading to Boot Days. Gale said he thinks his 6- and 9-year old daughters will enjoy the bike clinics. He wants to sign up for a casting lesson.

“We’re excited to come check it out,” he said. “I’m sure it will be a huge turnout.”

Friday

4 to 6:30 p.m. ” Kick off to the Patio Party

5 to 9 p.m. ” Crawfish boil and new patio barbecue menu

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. ” Music by Laughing Bones

Saturday

9 a.m. ” Boneyard Boogie race (register ahead at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink or the Gypsum Recreation Center; register before the race at Eagle Valley Middle School)

11:30 a.m. ” Boots and babies stroller race (cowboy boots mandatory. Organizers have a

few extra pairs)

11 a.m. ” Jumping castle sponsored by Vail Integrative Medical Group

11 a.m. ” Fishing clinic/casting lessons

11 a.m. ” Colored Hair extensions for the kids sponsored by Hair Fusion

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. ” New patio barbecue menu

noon to 3 p.m. ” Face Painter/clown

noon ” Kids bike maintenance clinic, followed by bike ride

1 p.m. ” Women’s bike maintenance clinic, followed by bike ride

2 p.m. ” Bike ride departs: Intermediate and advanced groups (one to two hours)

4 p.m. ” Boot Card grand prize winner

4:30 to 8 p.m. ” Music by Hustle

5 to 9 p.m. ” Crawfish boil and new patio barbecue menu

Sunday

11 a.m. ” Jumping castle sponsored by Slifer, Smith and Frampton

11 a.m.to 3 p.m. ” Adult games, tournaments and prizes

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. ” barbecue: new outdoor grill menu

noon ” Kids bike maintenance clinic, followed by bike ride

1 p.m. ” Women’s bike maintenance clinic, followed by bike ride

2 p.m. ” Bike ride departs: Intermediate and advanced groups (one to two hours)

3 to 6 p.m. ” Music by Hardscrabble

5 to 9 p.m. ” Crawfish Boil and new patio barbecue menu


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