Eagle Flight Days gears up for a golden celebration
For the past 50 years, Eagle Flight Days has heralded summer fun in town and this year the event will celebrate that golden tradition.”Golden Memories: Nonstop Fun Since ’61” is this year’s Flight Days theme and organizers are looking to celebrate big this year with some special surprises.The event kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday with the traditional children’s pet show followed by the baby contest at 5 p.m. Live music at the Eagle Town Park Centennial Stage is a centerpiece of the Flight Days action and this year’s entertainment line-up begins with Some Town (formerly called Too Young to Know). The band features local musicians Troy Harris on lead guitar and vocals, Bryan Matthews on rhythm guitar and vocals, Hayley Beard on drums and vocals and Tanner Harris on bass. Their extensive set list ranges from country to rock to alternative music and even some original materials. Some Town will play from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.At 8:30 p.m.,, the popular Denver-based Nacho Men will take the stage. “The Nacho Men have rocked audiences for over three decades. Formed in 1980, The Nacho Men have used their special blend of dance music, costume changes, choreography and side-splitting humor to keep all generations of fans coming back for their high energy interactive rock-and-roll show,” notes the group’s website. The band has been a past Eagle Flight Days favorite, but members have also played from coast to coast in the U.S. and in Europe. “From the moment they step on the stage until their crowd-raising grand finale, The Nacho Men are one of the most entertaining, and interactive, dance bands in the country,” the group’s website continues. “They combine their famous vocal harmonies with a rocking back beat, solid rhythm and sizzling hot horns. All of the members play several different instruments, and each musician brings his own distinct brand of humor to the performance (in other words, they’re all a bunch of hams) Swing, ’50s, ’60s, disco and beyond … the band’s musical repertoire is as varied as the performers.”On Saturday, the Flight Days action begins early with the Eagle Lions Club Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. followed by the ever-popular parade down Broadway at 10 a.m. Parade registration forms are available at http://www.townofeagle.org.Throughout the day Saturday, action is planned at Town Park including a berry bake-off, a magic show, karaoke and more throughout the day and a co-ed blooperball tournament at the Bull Pasture Park.Popular local band New Shoes will take the stage from 5:30 to 8 p.m. New Shoes plays soulful blues and rock and roll, and features Ray Merry, Dawn Poff, Brett Gould and Mike Peters (and there is a rumor that original band member Bob Walker may make an appearance as well).Hot Posse, the Denver-based band that drew raves last year, will be back to perform from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday.”Hot Posse plays all the popular styles, including classic rock, blues, pop and funk,” says the group’s website. “It all depends upon what kind of mood the crowd is in, or whatever group of people is in the audience at any given time. Our extensive song list allows us to tailor our performances to the needs of any crowd, enabling effective shows in literally any type of setting.””A key attribute of the band is energy,” continues the band’s website. “We will definitely turn a room on, covering all popular music styles, based on a strong, high energy rhythm section, carefully developed arrangements, and above all, a tight, three-part harmony that’s our trademark.”Sunday sees an early start for Flight Days action when the Western Eagle County Rotary hosts the Run for the Future – 10K run, 5K run and 5K walk. The race honors the memory of Jake Brock and raises money for high school scholarships. The action gets under way at 7:30 a.m.This year the race will take off and conclude at the Eagle Health Care Center. Racers can pre-register at Alpine Bank in Eagle, US Bank in Gypsum or Maximum Fitness in Eagle-Vail. Pre-registration cost is $25. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. on race day and costs $30. Registration is accepted up to 20 minutes prior to each scheduled event. Awards are presented for the top male and female finishers in various age categories and overall. All participants receive an event T-shirt and are eligible for door prizes. Must be present to win.Volleyball competition is planned at the Bull Pasture Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday and at Eagle Town Park, free yoga will be offered at 9 a.m. followed by a youth talent show from noon to 3 p.m.For more information about Eagle Flight Days visit http://www.townofeagle.org.
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