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How the West was Fun

Enterprise staff report

E agle has a momentus anniversary to celebrate this summer — the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo will mark its 75th year and Eagle Flight Days will launch the party with its 2014 celebration theme — How the West was Fun.

"Flight Days and the county fair are Eagle's biggest summertime events, so it seems only natural to honor the fair with this year's celebration," said organizer Roxie Deane. "Everyone who attends this year's Flight Days celebration can get into the Western theme fun."

The Flight Days/county fair connection is particularly evident with the selection of Claude and Mary Jo Gerard as this year's parade grand marshals. The Gerards have been involved with the county fair for decades.

"When she was a young girl, Mary Jo was a 4-H participant in the fair and for many, many years, she has volunteered as the fair exhibit superintendent. Claude, as a former county commissioner, has also been a stalwart fair supporter and we are so happy we can honor their service during this year's Flight Days celebration," said Laurie Asmussen, Eagle County Fair and Rodeo coordinator.

From the baby contest and pet show that launch the fun on Friday afternoon to the kids talent show that winds up the event on Sunday afternoon, Eagle Flight Days offers something for all ages and all interests.

Plan to head down to Eagle Town Park this weekend and here is a rundown of the Flight Days events:

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➺Happy Tails Pet Show

When: Friday, June 27

Time: 5 p.m.

Where: Eagle Town Park

Details: Hosted by Castle Peak Veterinary Service. Local kids are invited to bring their pets — anything furry, feathery, scaly or slimy. A slew of prizes will be awarded, including best costume.

Contact: Castle Peak Veterinary at 328-5444

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Baby Contest

When: Friday, June 27

Time: 5 p.m.

Where: Eagle Town Park

Details: This contest is for babies under the age of 2 years. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Best smile

Best eyes

Biggest dimples

Best Western wear

Chubbiest feet

Best hat

Best swim suit

Most vocal

Baby relative look alike

Best hair

Contact: Mary Lou Yeik at 970-390-2843

➺Flapjack Feed

When: Saturday, June 28

Time: 7 to 9 a.m.

Where: Eagle Town Park

Details: Members of the Eagle Lions Club will serve up their signature flapjacks

Contact: Look for the Lions Club trailer and the folks wearing purple vests.

➺Flight Days Parade

Theme: How the West was Fun!

When: Saturday, June 28

Time:10 a.m.

Where: Broadway

Details: Line-up begins at 9 a.m. on Fifth Street and judging will be at 9:30 a.m.

Contact: Entry forms are available at Eagle Town Hall or on line at http://www.townofeagle.org. Call 970-328-6656 ext. 4 for information.

Special Note: Throwing candy is a time-honored tradition of the Flight Days Parade, but it causes concern among event organizers, local police and parents. If you plan to toss sweets to kids during the event, please plan to have people walk alongside your float or vehicle. Tossing candy from moving vehicles is very dangerous because kids are focused on the sweets and not necessarily aware of a potential collision. And, as always, throw candy down and away, don't launch it into the air.

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Chair Brigade

What: Performance by the team following the parade

When: Saturday June 28

Time: 11 a.m.

Where: Eagle Town Park

➺Colorado VFW Band

What: Patriotic music concert presented by the 20-member Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post 9644 Band, based in Denver

When: Saturday, June 28

Time: 11 a.m.

Where: Eagle Town Park

➺Kids Crafts Tent

When: Saturday, June 28

Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Eagle Town Park

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

➺Horseshoe Tournament

When: Singles competition is Saturday, June 28 beginning immediately after the parade

Doubles competition is Sunday, June 29, beginning at 9 a.m.

Where: Eagle Town Park

Details: Entry fee is $10 per person

➺Silent Auction

What: Silent auction prizes include everything from golf and lodging packages to landscaping materials. Proceeds from the auction will help defray costs for the 2015 Flight Days celebration

When: Saturday, June 28

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Eagle Town Park

Details: Anyone who would like to donate an item for the silent auction should contact Rick Beveridge at 970-390-7594 or email rick@beveridgereadlestate.com

➺Blue Ribbon Pie Bake-Off

When: Saturday, June 28

Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Eagle Town Park

Details: Whip up your best pie for this competition. Please provide enough for 100 small tastings. Serving supplies will be provided. Tasters will vote on first, second and third place trophies. For more information, contact Sarah Braucht at 970-328-9623 or sarah@townofeagle.org.

➺Wild West Kickball

When: Saturday, June 28

Time: 1 p.m.

Where: Bull Pasture Park

Details: Cost is $10 per team for players age 10 years and older. Teams must include five males and five females. The winning team takes home a $500 prize and the runner-up team wins $250. Costumes are encouraged. Pre-register teams by calling 970-328-5277 or emailing sheryl@wecmrd.org.

➺Strider Bike Races

When: Saturday, June 28

Time: 3 to 5 p.m.

Where: Eagle Town Park

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

➺Country Karaoke

When: Saturday, June 29

Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Eagle Town Park

Details: The karaoke options include thousands of songs. Sign up at the stage when the music begins.

➺Flight Days Run Run

When: Sunday, June 29

Time: 6:30 a.m. registration

7:30 a.m. start for 5K walk/run

8:15 a.m. start for 10K run

8:30 a.m. fun run

Where: Run starts at Fourth and Broadway and loops through Eagle Ranch

Details: Hosted by the Eagle Valley High School Foundation, the run honors the memory of Jake Brock of Eagle. Cost is $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the event. Pre-registration forms are available at Eagle Town Hall. Registration will be accepted up to 20 minutes prior to each scheduled event. All participants will receive an event T-shirt. For additional information, contact Laurie at 907-376-3756 or Debbie at 970-390-2978.

➺Yoga in the Park

When: Sunday, June 30

Time: 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Where: Eagle Town Park

Details: Instructors will donate their time for the class, but donations will be accepted.

➺Talent Show

When: Sunday, June 30

Time: Registration beings at 11 a.m. and ends at 11:45 a.m. The show starts at noon.

Where: Eagle Town Park Centennial Stage

Details: Competition divisions are:

Preschool to age 6

Ages 7 to 9 years

Ages 10 to 13 years

Ages 14 to 17 years

Cash prizes for the top three finishers in each category.

Contact: Dawn Poff at 970-390-9478 or dawnpoff@vail.net