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Eagle Flight Days returns June 24-25 with Get Your Cape On super hero theme

And they're off. The Eagle Flight Days Parade marches down Broadway. A centerpiece of the annual event, the parade is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25.
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Eagle Flight Days schedule

Friday, June 24

4 p.m. — Adventure Carnival powered by Holy Cross Energy & You opens

5 p.m. — Castle Peak Pet Show, Batson Baby Contest

6 to 8 p.m. — Lip Sync Like a Hero: Battle for the Cape

8 to 10:30 p.m. — Free concert with Already Gone

Saturday, June 25

7 to 9 a.m. — 5K run presented by Eagle Valley High School Booster Club

7:30 to 9:30 a.m. — Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

10 a.m. — Flight Days Parade sponsored by Stucco Works

10 a.m. — Adventure Carnival powered by Holy Cross Energy and you opens

11 a.m. — Kids Craft Tent, Lawn Chair Brigade, Horseshoe Tournament sponsored by State Farm Insurance-Will Comerford office, silent auction opens

11a.m. to noon — Live music with Gora/Gora Orkestar

11a.m. to 3 p.m. — Kids’ Craft Tent

Noon to 1p.m. — My First Superhero: Mom’s Recipe Bake Off

Noon to12:30 p.m. — Eagle Valley High School Cheer Dance Demos and Line Dance

12:30 to 2 p.m. — Bucket Jam Band

2 to 3 p.m. — Joe Walsh performs at Centennial Stage

2 p.m. — Silent auction closes

3 to 4:30 p.m. ­— Basketball Shootout sponsored by R&H Mechanical

3 to 5:30 p.m. — Talent show

6 to 8 p.m. — Free concert with Instant Cash

8:30 to 11p.m. — Free concert with Diamond Empire Band

Channel your inner superhero and “Get Your Cape On” for Eagle Flight Days this year.

The community celebration, which was first held in 1922 and has been presented without fail since 1961, is back this weekend with a few changes and big plans for family fun.

The biggest change is that Eagle Flight Days has reorganized to fit the full schedule into two days. The festival begins on Friday and continues through Saturday. From the baby contest and pet show that launch the fun on Friday afternoon to the main stage concert that concludes the party on Saturday night, there is something for all ages.



All activities are held at Eagle Town Park, unless otherwise noted. Here is a rundown of Eagle Flight Days events:

Adventure Carnival



When: Open Friday and Saturday during other events.

Details: Powered by Holy Cross Energy & You, the Adventure Carnival is new to Eagle Flight Days this year and features an animal land toddler zone, a ropes course, kayaking, a mountain-bike course, bouncy castles, a giant slide and peddle go-karts. A $25 wristband gives full access to the carnival for the entire weekend. Wristbands will also be sold in advance at Alpine Bank and the Eagle Chamber for $20.

Centennial Stage Free Concerts



When: 8 p.m. Friday, featuring Already Gone; 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, featuring Instant Cash; 8:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, featuring Diamond Empire Band.

Details: Already Gone plays a mix of classic rock, R&B, new country, top-40, funk, blues and rock ’n’ roll; Instant Cash is a tribute honoring the music and legacy of Johnny Cash; and the Diamond Empire Band will bring rock, dance, jazz, funk, Motown, old-school favorites and other high-energy music to the stage.

Castle Peak Veterinary Pet Show

When: 5 p.m. Friday.

Details: Hosted by Castle Peak Veterinary Service. Local kids are invited to bring their pets — anything furry, feathery, scaled or slimy. A slew of prizes will be awarded, including best costume. Contact Castle Peak Veterinary at 970-328-5444 for more information.

Batson’s Baby Contest

When: 5 p.m. Friday.

Details: Batson’s Corner Store and Eagle Pharmacy is sponsoring this contest is for babies younger than the age of 2. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded in the following categories: best smile, best eyes, biggest dimples, best theme wear (Get Your Cape On), chubbiest feet, best hat, best swimsuit, most vocal, baby relative look-alike and best hair. Contact Mary Lou Yeik at 970-390-2843 for more information.

Lip Sync Like a Hero/Battle for the Cape

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Details: Got the moves, but not the pipes? This new event invites adults to perform without actually singing. Walk-ups are welcome, but registration is preferred. For more information or to register as an individual or a group, contact jbirdweaver@gmail.com.

5K Fun Run

When: Saturday; 7:30 a.m. run/walk and 9 a.m. Kids 1K Fun Run.

Details: Presented by the Eagle Valley High School Booster Club. Preregister at Alpine Bank-Gypsum, Eagle Pharmacy or Eagle Town Hall by 5 p.m. Friday, with $25 individual or $75 family fee. Registration will be accepted on the day of the race beginning at 6:45 a.m. and up to 15 minutes prior to race start time. Fee on day of race will be $30, and there is no guarantee of receiving a T-shirt; quantities are limited. Start and finish on Wall Street between Sixth and Seventh streets. Race-day registration will be located near the run start. The course will loop through Eagle Ranch. Kids 1K Fun Run will also start at on Wall Street and circle through the bike path between the Golden Eagle Senior Center and the Bull Pasture, with all the participating kids receiving a ribbon.

Pancake Breakfast

When: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Saturday.

Details: Members of the Eagle Lions Club will serve up their signature flapjacks. Look for the Lions Club trailer and the folks wearing purple vests.

Flight Days Parade

When: 10 a.m. Saturday.

Details: The theme is Get Your Cape On. Entry fee is $10 plus one bag of candy, which will be handed out following the parade. No candy can be thrown along the parade route. The parade begins at the corner of Fifth and Broadway and ends at Second Street. Entrants can pick up their number at the registration table located at Fifth and Broadway beginning at 8 a.m. Volunteers will assist with the lineup. Judging will begin at 9:45 a.m. Everyone will be considered for the Judge’s Award (the entry that best represents the theme of the parade). In addition, ribbons will be awarded for the following categories: Children’s Group, Marching/ Walking Group, Floats, Vehicles, Equestrian, Novelty (clowns, animals, non-motorized vehicles). Completed forms and fees may be sent to: Maureen Henderson, P.O. Box 3322, Eagle, CO. 81631 or returned to Eagle Town Hall by Thursday.

Vail Precision Lawn Chair Brigade

When: 11 a.m. Saturday.

Details: Performance by the team following the parade

Kids Crafts Tent

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Details: Free kids’ craft activities, sponsored by the Eagle Flight Days Committee.

Horseshoe Tournament

When: Competition is Saturday, beginning immediately after the parade.

Details: Entry fee is $10 per person.

Silent Auction

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Details: Silent auction prizes include everything from golf and lodging packages to landscaping materials. Proceeds from the auction will help defray costs for the 2017 Flight Days celebration.

My First Superhero: Mom’s Recipe Bake Off

When: Noon to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Details: Whip up your mom’s best confection for this competition. Please provide enough for 100 small tastings. Serving supplies will be provided. Tasters will vote on first, second and third place.

Bucket Jam Band

When: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Details: Led by former Eagle Valley schoolteacher Gerry Lell, this participation event is for kids ages 6 to 12. Sign up will take place at noon near the stage. Participants will play bucket drums, “Boomwhackers” (pitched percussion tubes) and other percussion instruments. Two to three jam-band sessions will be offered, depending on turnout. By the end of each session, the participants will perform a song or two in genres including rock ’n’ roll, rhythm and blues and country. For more information, contact Lell at 970-874-8777.

Basketball Shoot Out

When: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Details: Register on site prior to competition start time. Prizes will be awarded.

Talent Show

When: Saturday; registration beings at 2 p.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. The show starts at 3 p.m..

Details: Competition divisions are: preschool to age 6, ages 7 to 9, ages 10 to 13 and ages 14 to 17. Cash prizes for the top-three finishers in each category. Contact Dawn Poff at 970-390-9478 or dawnpoff@vail.net for more information.


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