Rain couldn’t dampen spirits at Vail’s Southwestern Fiesta | VailDaily.com

Rain couldn’t dampen spirits at Vail’s Southwestern Fiesta

Rich tenBraakVail, CO, Colorado

The rains were not able to wash away the excitement and fun last weekend at the South of the Border Fiesta in Vail’s Lionshead Village. The mariachis played, the beer flowed and the food was amazing. This was a first-year event, and although the weather didn’t cooperate, the Fiesta was still a great success. Everything we could control went great, but the one thing we couldn’t control was Mother Nature, and she didn’t help us. While the rain dampened our spirits, everyone still had a great time. The Vail Chamber & Business Association would like to thank Cabal Yarne at Arriesgado clothing for his efforts in helping with the event. Of course, the event would not have been possible without the help of all the volunteers who donated their time to work in the rain.The chili competition was red-hot, with entries from restaurants all over the Vail area. Even though everyone made some delicious chili, only one could be labeled the best, and that award went to Blu’s Restaurant in Vail Village. “We are very happy because this is the second time we have won an award for our chili,” Chef Juice from Blu’s. “This is something this always on our menu.” The Wildflower came in second, and the Tap Room finished third in the competition. Another competition of culinary arts comes this weekend when the BBQ Bonanza rolls into town. Barbecue experts will be smoking up their best dishes for the highest honor in the Vail barbecue world. The event is June 27 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Vail Village. Barbecue will be judged in four categories – beef, pork, chicken and an open class. Judging begins at 11 a.m. and winners will be announced throughout the day. With a cold Budweiser in your hand, you can walk around Vail Village and sample different types of barbecue from the area’s best chefs. The Roadhouse Band and Kelly Aspen will be anchoring Checkpoint Charlie and Seibert Circle with great country music. A children’s area will take up the Gore Creek Promenade with arts and crafts, face painting, and a train ride. Anyone can try their best to ride eight seconds on the mechanical bull, and Volvo will be on hand with a couple of cars to answer any questions you might have. The Vail Chamber & Business Association is the leading business advocacy group for businesses in Vail. The chamber is a communications outlet for businesses that need to have a voice. For information about how your business can become involved with the Vail chamber, call 970.477.0075 or e-mail us at info@vailchamber.org. Based in the Vail Village Transportation Center, our doors are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feel free to stop in and say hello. Rich tenBraak is the executive director of the Vail Chamber & Business Association. He can be reached at 970-477-0075 or at Richardt@vailchamber.org.

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