New events planned in Vail Valley
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Two thousand eleven will be better than 2010. It just has to. That’s what many people around the country had to be thinking as they watched that ball drop on New Year’s Eve, closing the curtain on a year beset with economic woes. Luckily, there’s much to look forward to in the Vail area this year. All sorts of new events are coming up in the valley, from a big music festival in Avon to a fly fishing tournament in Vail. Good stuff to know when you’re planning your next vacation.Beaver Creek Loves Kids – Feb. 27 – March 11Beaver Creek will offer deals for children 12 and under from Feb. 27 through March 11. The two-week event features complimentary kids’ lift tickets, ski and snowboard school lessons, some meals and gear rentals. To be eligible for the deal, families must book a minimum of two nights of lodging. They are only available for kids who are accompanied by one adult paying for similar purchases (for example, many restaurants offer a free kids’ meal with each adult entree). Families must book the complimentary offerings seven days in advance.Along with the deals, Nature Valley NASTAR will host its Family Challenge March 5-6. Families can race as teams of two or three while larger families can opt to race as two teams. The Vilar Performing Arts Center hosts the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats on March 5 with performances at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. For complete details visit http://www.beavercreek.com/bcloveskids or call 800-404-3535.Snow Ball Festival – March 4-6Avon will host a three-day music festival expected to draw 10,000 people to Nottingham Park. Pretty Lights and Bassnectar are among the biggest names playing the festival. Other confirmed bands include Classixx, Big Gigantic, Local Natives, Baths, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Miami Horror, Mansions on the Moon, DIPLO, Superhumanoids, Bonfire Dub, 12th Planet and Portugal. The Man. “Early-Bird” three-day festival passes, which include a three-day lift ticket, went on sale Thursday for $304.50, event organizer Chad Donnelly said. Today, festival organizers are putting the “Early Bird” VIP passes on sale for $249.50, or $449.50 with a three-day lift ticket, he said. VIP passes include a preferred viewing area, separate entrance and bathroom area, access to a full bar and a festival poster, Donnelly said. Visit http://www.snowballmusicfestival.com for more information.Gypsum Centennial Celebration – July 9-16To celebrate its 100-year anniversary, the town of Gypsum plans a nostalgic bash. An old-fashioned community dance and potluck is in the works, town Special Projects Coordinator Dawn Ritts said. The town also plans contests for best costume and best beard, she said. The Eagle County Historical Society will team up with Porchlight Players to put on historical performances and cemetery tours.The centennial celebration will be timed with the annual Gypsum Daze concert on July 16. New this year, the town also plans a free concert on July 15. Acts have not yet been announced. For more information, check the town’s website toward the end of next month at http://www.townofgypsum.com.DockDogs weekend – Aug. 19-21Avon will devote an entire weekend to pooches. The event kicks off Aug. 19 with a dog-themed movie on an inflatable screen in Nottingham Park. Dog owners can take their pets to seminars on Aug. 20 where experts will train dogs for DockDogs competitions. Themes for the seminars include things like “Big Air:” leaping from the dock. The DockDogs competition will take place Aug. 20-21 at the fishing pier on Nottingham Lake. Along with Big Air, events will include “extreme vertical” (dogs grab an object dangling over the water) and “speed retrieve” (a combination of jumping, swimming and retrieving). Avon will host its annual Doggie Dash on the morning of Aug. 21.Quiznos Pro Challenge – Aug. 22-28Vail will get a piece of this international road biking race. Vail and Avon will be among 11 host cities for the pro-cycling race, which is set to cover nearly 500 miles of the region’s demanding terrain. Vail is set to host a time trial on Aug. 25, while Avon will serve as the starting point for the stage that takes riders to Steamboat Springs on Aug. 26. For more information, visit http://www.quiznosprochallenge.com.The America Cup International Fly Fishing Tournament – Sept. 15-18This event is moving to Vail after taking place in Frisco for the past three years. Sixteen teams of five people will participate in a catch-and-release tournament, event organizer John Knight said. Teams will be staying in Vail while they fish the nearby Colorado, Blue and Arkansas rivers. Knight said he plans to select two still-water fishing locations as well. He expects the event to draw some 200 people from all over the world. Tred Barta will be heading up an adaptive fishing team, Knight said. Barta hosts the popular hunting/fishing/adventure show “The Best and Worst of Tred Barta” on Versus cable channel. For more information on the fishing tournament, visit http://www.theamericacup.com.Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or email@example.com.