Ryan and Trista to get Vail manhole
Mayor Rod Slifer will present the gift to Vail Firefighter Ryan Sutter and his new bride, Trista Rehn, at the main Vail fire station. The event is open to the public.
Vail’s manhole covers, of course, are not your ordinary municipal manhole covers. Akin to “keys to the city,” Vail ha so far given away only two of its signature manhole covers: the first was to former President Gerald Ford and the second was to the New York Philharmonic while the orchestra was in residence in town last summer.
When the town rolled out its custom-designed manhole covers with the famous Vail “V” logo in 2002 to celebrate the town’s 40th anniversary, the manhole covers began disappearing from the streets of Vail as people stole them for souvenirs.
In response, the town sealed the much-sought-after manhole covers and began selling them. Some 18 months later, the town has sold more than 500 and generated more than $60,000 in sales from buyers in more than 35 states.
Proceeds from the manhole cover sales are used to support Vail’s Art in Public Places program. Due to the success of its custom manhole cover sales, the town recently introduced T-shirts from the Vail Police and Fire departments along with a Manhole Mania! T-shirt under the brand name VailWear!
Proceeds from the “VailWear!” T-shirt sales will be returned to the Police and Fire departments for training, equipment and other needs. The Vail Fire and Emergency Services T-shirt is the same design worn by Sutter when he won the heart of Trista Rehn on the reality television show, “The Bachelorette.”