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Flight Days in Eagle this weekend

Connie Steiert
Vail CO, Colorado

EAGLE ” Eagle’s summertime celebration ” Flight Days ” hits downtown this weekend, and Shriners from both the West and East slopes will be participating in Saturday’s parade. Expect to see the Shriners piloting their scooters, mini Corvettes, mini Model T cars, bicycles and dune buggies.

The Shriners mission is to bring attention and support to activities that promote the organization’s children’s hospitals and burn centers. All of the groups’ expenses to participate in parades come out of members’ pockets because all money raised by Shriners goes directly to their mission of providing medical help to children in need.

Local sponsors for the Shriners’ Flight Days visit are Wiemer’s Heating and Sheetmetal, Eric’s Plumbing and Heating, Rick McCoy Plumbing and Heating and Skyline Mechanical.

This year’s Flight Days theme is “Yo ho ho, and a Barrel of Fun.” So, get out the eye patches and cutlasses, and make a plan for a float in the Flight Days Parade on Saturday.

The parade will roll down Broadway this year. And yes, the street will be ready.

Parade entry fee is $10; and applications may be picked up at the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce office in Chambers Park. Or, visit the chamber’s Web site at http://www.eaglevalleychamber and register online.

The parade lineup will start at 9 a.m. at Fifth and Washington. Tell the kids to wear a pirate costume. There will be special crafts activities for the little kids in the park immediately following the parade.

What good is a pirate holiday without a treasure hunt?

Eagle Flight Days will feature a treasure hunt for pirates age 12 through adult.

The event will run from 5-6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Sign-up begins at 4 p.m. at the Events Tent in the Town Park.

Participants can work in teams of two to four people (friends, parent-child, any combination). Teams will be handed clues that will send them around downtown Eagle in search of the treasure. Clues will involve local landmarks and trivia questions. Teams can ask for help from any source.

There is a real treasure at the end. There’s $500 in prize money for the first place winners, and $100 in prize money for second place.

Flight Days attendees from the junior set can participate in a free craft booth set up at Town Park Saturday.

Members of the Battle Mountain High School Speech Team will assist kids in making various pirate-theme crafts. The high school students will also provide free face painting.

Sponsors of the free craft booth are Wiemer’s Heating and Sheetmetal, Eric’s Plumbing and Heating, Rick McCoy Plumbing and Heating, and Skyline Mechanical.

The Eagle Flight Days committee is seeking donations for the annual Flight Days Auction. The auction takes place at noon on Saturday at the Eagle Town Park.

Auction items in the past have included rounds of golf, guided fishing trips, lodging packages, an Eagle pool and ice rink pass, and a variety of items that fit any budget.

All proceeds from the auction directly off-set the expenses associated with the annual Town Celebration. Last year’s auction raised approximately $6,000 which is roughly one-third of the annual operating expenses.

If you would like to donate an item for the auction, contact Rick Beveridge at 970-328-7444 or rick@bevrealestate.com.

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