Four new Vail events aim to bring business |

Four new Vail events aim to bring business

Melanie Wongmwong@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Daily file photoJeff Kennedy with Moe's Original Bar B Que smothers a rib in barbecue sauce at last year's BBQ Bonanza on Bridge Street event in Vail, Colorado

VAIL, Colorado Raise a beer at an Irish fesitval, bite into a fancy cupcake, hit a pinata, then sign your kids up to run, bike and swim in Vail, Colorado.You can do all four this summer season thanks to several new events Vails business community is bringing to town. An Irish hurling competition and festival organized by the Vail Valley Partnership is planned for August, which will bring teams from across the country to Vails Ford Park. Hurling is a contact sport that is a cross between lacrosse and rugby.Sixteen club teams, including the Denver Gale, are signed up to compete, and the Irish National Hurling Team may be on hand for an exhibition, said Chris Romer of the Vail Valley Partnership.The event will also feature a festival with Irish food and beer from OHaras Irish Stout, the event sponsor.Weve got a lot of ideas to create a good vibe and energy, Romer said.The event is designed not only to bring people to the festival and tournament, but to bring business to Vail Village as well, Romer said.The Partnership is also planning an Iron Kids Triathlon in Avon on Labor Day weekend. The endurance run-bike-swim event is for children ages 6 to 15, and past competitors have included Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong and several U.S. Olympians, according to the race series Web site.The Vail Chamber & Business Association is planning two food and music festivals the South of the Border Fiesta in June, and Sweet on Vail, a dessert festival, in August.The fiesta, which will be held in Lionshead, will be Mexican-themed family-friendly affair complete with food samplings from local restaurants, pinatas, kids games, and a Mariachi band, said Jason Peters, business development and communications manager for the chamber.Later in August, Vail Village will host Sweet on Vail, where local pastry chefs will serve up their sweetest offerings. The event will have a 1950s theme.The ideas are to have old 50s cars on display and a soda-shop feel, Peters said.The chambers annual BBQ Bonanza grilling competition will also return in June.The key is for all three of these events is that were trying to find something for everyone, Peters said. These are for all ages theyre family events.Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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