No New Year’s Eve concert in Vail |

No New Year’s Eve concert in Vail

Geraldine Haldner

The Florida singer, whose mouth full of gold fillings gives voice to lyrics so vile it makes censors cringe, will not be performing an all-ages show in Vail as previously planned.

Because of low ticket sales, the privately promoted for-profit show was canceled, said according to Jim Heber, Vail Recreation District director of the ice arena.

Heber said the concert had sold approximately 20 tickets by Friday, two months after the show was first announced and three weeks since tickets went on sale. Dobson has a capacity of 2,500.

Though it was billed as an entertainment alternative for youth 15 to 18, the concert fared badly with juveniles, who are limited in their New Year’s activities in Vail, because of the town’s curfew.

Starting at 10:30 p.m., revelers younger than 18 have to be out of the public eye unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The curfew, which expires 5 a.m. Wednesday, is one of two measures the town instituted two years ago to end a decade-old, unsanctioned tradition of thousands of juvenile revelers crowding into Vail Village on Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve.

The two holidays over the years resulted in increasingly higher numbers of arrests for underage drinking and disorderly conduct, as well as incidents of serious injuries. In 2001, Vail officials adopted the curfew and a special events district for Vail Village, after mob behavior specialists predicted that the crowds would only get larger and less controllable.

Anyone younger than 21 is prohibited from entering the village, which is cordoned-off for the evening. Identification is checked at entry points into the village. Children accompanied by a parent or legal guardian are excluded from the twice-a-year special law.

While Trick Daddy won’t be appearing in Vail, there are still a few options for children who do not want to spend New Year’s Eve with the folks.

Students grades 6 through 9 can celebrate New Year’s Eve at Adventure Ridge on Vail Mountain, starting at 8:15 p.m. The party includes pizza, games and outdoor activities.

Unaccompanied children between 15 and 18 are allowed to stay out until 10:30 p.m. and after that if they have a valid reason, says Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger, who recommends the movies as an alternative to hanging out and getting scooped up by police officers.

“You are OK as long as point A isn’t somewhere in the middle of the street and point B isn’t right next to it,” he said, adding that juveniles on their way to the movies or home will not be detained.

Anyone found loitering without a destination will be taken into custody and may be charged with violating the curfew. Offenders won’t be released to anyone other than a parent or legal guardian.

Juveniles between 18 and 21 don’t have to turn in, but are not allowed within the special district boundaries.

For more information on Adventure Ridge call 476-9090.

For movie information call the Vail Valley Movie Line at 476-5661.

Geraldine Haldner covers Vail, Minturn and Red Cliff. She can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 602, or at

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