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He’s back …

Special to the Daily Find the Gnome of the Dance and win prizes and tickets as part of the Vail International Dance Festival.

VAIL – Just when you thought it was safe to gather up your gardening tools and return to the petunias … he’s back. Yes Jerome, the pink tutu-clad prince of garden art, has returned to the Vail Valley, just in time for the 2006 Vail International Dance Festival.The wandering 8-inch-tall gnome will once again hold the key to free dinners and dance festival tickets for those lucky enough to stumble across his hiding place throughout the course of the contest.

“It is a true indication of the magnitude of a performer when you only need to mention a first name,” Dance Festival Producing Artistic Director Katherine Kersten said. “There is no doubt that, despite his stature, Jerome commands a lofty status within the international dance community.”Jerome will be paying visits to a trio of Vail Valley businesses, beginning Monday. However, as gnomes are inherently shy, contest participants will need to search high and low to uncover his daily nap location.To aid prospective “Sherlock Gnomes” in this covert operation, KZYR will provide clues to Jerome’s whereabouts each morning between 8 a.m. and noon. The first person to piece the puzzle together, discover the elusive gnome’s hiding place and ask the proprietor to produce Jerome will win two reserved seats for a designated Vail International Dance Festival performance, along with a $100 dinner gift certificate from Terra Bistro.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in the valley last summer,” Jerome said, “and I look forward to once again showcasing my talents along with some of the best dancers in the world. Gnome dancing continues to be on the cutting edge of the art form and I applaud the Vail International Dance Festival for recognizing this.”The 2006 Vail International Dance Festival is scheduled through Aug. 13, with performances at both the Ford Amphitheater and the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek. Tickets for all performances of the festival are currently on sale and priced from $14 to $85. The popular Performance Plus Pass also returns to the 2006 festival, with the $65 punch card providing general admission lawn seating for all six performances at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, plus a $10 discount on a bottle of wine per show. Tickets and passes can be purchased online at http://www.vaildance.org or by calling 845-TIXS (8497).

The 2006 Vail International Dance Festival is presented by the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on the foundation of the dance festival, contact 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.Vail, Colorado

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