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Eagle Flight Days: one week out with some changes

Pam Boyd | pboyd@eaglevalleyenterprise.com
Local kids enjoy the traditional fire truck spray down at the conclusion of the Eagle Flight Days parade. There's several changes on tap for this year's celebration, planned Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, but the parade will march down Broadway, as always, at 10 a.m. sharp on Saturday.
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Flight Days, Eagle’s signature summertime celebration since 1922, will return for 2016 with some new events and a tweaked schedule.

This year, Eagle Flight Days encourages party goer’s to “Get Your Cape On” with its Super Hero Theme. All of the Flight Days fun will be condensed into two days — Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25. In previous years, the event included Sunday activities, but beginning this year, those events will be part of the Saturday lineup.

“We just felt that Flight Days would be more successful as a two-day, rather than a three-day celebration,” said co-chair Roxie Deane. “In past years, after the fun run, the celebration would just gradually wind down through Sunday afternoon so beginning this year, the fun run will be held Saturday morning, followed by the parade.”

The kids talent show will still be part of the Flight Days schedule, but instead of Sunday, the show will be held at the Centennial Stage from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Here’s some of the other changes planned for Flight Days 2016:

Adventure Carnival Powered by Holy Cross Energy & You

Carnival fun has long been part of the Flight Days tradition, but this year the carnival will be a marked change from midways of previous years.

Rather than carnival rides, the Holy Cross Adventure Carnival will feature mountain biking, canoeing, climbing and other physical activities for kids. Wrist bands will be sold at the Eagle Chamber office and Alpine Bank prior to Flight Days at a cost of $20 or can be purchased at the event for $25. The bands will allow kids access to all of the adventure carnival activities.

Get Your Cape On Flight Days Parade

Sponsored by Stucco Works, the traditional parade will march down Broadway at 10 a.m. sharp. In keeping with this year’s theme, local emergency services personnel and military members will serve as grand marshal. Community groups and businesses are encouraged to participate by entering a float, vehicle or marching group in the parade.

The largest change for this year’s parade is no candy can be thrown to the crowd from parade participants. There will be a candy station set up at the entrance to town park so local kids won’t miss out on their sweet treats.

The entry fee is $10 and a bag of candy and entry forms are available on line at http://www.townofeagle.org or at Eagle Town Hall. Completed forms and fee can be sent to Maureen Henderson, POB 3322, Eagle, CO 81631 or returned to town hall by Thursday, June 23.

Lip sync like a hero: Battle for the Cape

Friday afternoon will feature a brand new Flight Days event — a lip sync contest for adults planned Friday, June 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Work up a routine to your favorite tune and you may come home with a special prize. More details are on line at http://www.townofeagle.org.

5K Run presented b y the EVHS Booster Club

As noted, the fun run has moved from Sunday to Saturday. As always, the fun run honors the memory of Jake Brock and this year’s proceeds will go to the Tiffany Robinson Myers memorial. Myers was a dedicated member of the EVHS Booster Club who lost her 9-year battle with cancer earlier this year.

The 5K run/walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Fourth Street and Broadway. There is a 90-minute time limit for runners/walkers and the finish line will also be at Fourth and Broadway. At 9:15 a.m. 1K Kids Fun Run will take off from downtown.

The cost for pre-registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt. The fee on race day is $30 and there is no guarantee runners/walkers will receive a T-shirt. This year there is also a $75 pre-registration family fee for four runners/walkers with four T-shirts.

Pre-register at Alpine Bank, Eagle Pharmacy or the Town Hall by 5 p.m. June 24.

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. Awards will be mailed to top three overall finishers. All participating kids in the 1K Fun Run and top three finishers in each age group will receive a ribbon.

Cash prizes will go to the overall winners.

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