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Q&A with CarniVail royalty nominees Travis Coggin and Hayley Gough

Travis Coggin has never been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but Hayley Gough has and thinks of Bourbon Street this time of year. Coggin and Gough are nominated for CarniVail king and queen.
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CarniVail Royalty Nominees

Carling Delaney and Jason Cole

Travis Coggin and Hayley Gough

Townsend Bessent and Lauren Arnold

Roberto Morales and Molly Murphy

To vote for your favorite couple, visit vaildaily.com/carnivail. Voting is open until noon Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Editor’s note: This is the third of four articles introducing the nominees for CarniVail king and queen.

VAIL —New Orleans-style fun returns Feb. 6 through 9 with CarniVail, where locals and visitors can enjoy Mardi Gras merriment and all of the Cajun fixin’s.

The full lineup of activities for the 17th annual includes on-mountain crawfish boils, Cajun apres and after-dark parties, the Fat Tuesday Parade and street festival, contests, prizes and more.



CarniVail king and queen nominees Travis Coggin, of the Vail Valley Young Professionals Association and Triumph Development, and Hayley Gough, of Vail Mountain and Dragonfly Gardening, are some of the longest-tenured Eagle County locals nominated for this year’s Mardi Gras event. The royalty hopefuls took some time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily.

VAIL DAILY: How long have you lived in Vail?



HAYLEY GOUGH: Fifteen years.

VD: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “Mardi Gras”?

HG: Drinking hurricanes on Bourbon Street.



VD: What’s your favorite part of CarniVail?

HG: The colors and excitement.

VD: If named royalty, will fame change you?

HG: Of course.

VD: Have you ever been to the real New Orleans event? If so, what’s the craziest thing you did?

HG: I have but don’t think my events of the weekend should be publicized in the Daily.

VD: What’s your favorite Cajun food or drink?

HG: Crawfish with a cold beer.

VAIL DAILY: How long have you lived in Vail?

TRAVIS COGGIN: I initially moved in 1988, graduated from Vail Mountain School in 1998 and then was back for a few years as a ski patroller at Vail, but my most recent stint has been since October 2012.

VD: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “Mardi Gras”?

TC: Beads and craziness.

VD: What’s your favorite part of CarniVail?

TC: The post-parade concert.

VD: If named royalty, will fame change you?

TC: I would obviously get the red-carpet treatment service at Vendetta’s and would be the first to receive my traditional post-skiing hot wings.

VD: Have you ever been to the real New Orleans event? If so, what’s the craziest thing you did?

TC: Nope.

VD: What’s your favorite Cajun food or drink?

TC: Jambalaya and a hurricane.

Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and rleonhart@vaildaily.com. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.


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