Another edition of the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo begins this Saturday, July 26, and runs through Sunday, August 3. All events take place at the Eagle County Fairgrounds and things get underway on Saturday with the grand entry and kick-off event at 7 p.m. followed by a concert and dirt dance at 9 p.m. featuring Southern Comfort. The popular PRCA Rodeo will run nightly beginning on Wednesday, July 30, and end ing on Saturday night, August 2. Other events include the junior livestock auction, carnival rides, numerous horse shows, 4-H livestock exhibits, artisans plus many vendors. Tickets for the rodeo are $12 for adults, children 6-12 are $6 and seniors are $10. A family discount pack is also available for $20 for 2 adults and 2 children. For more information call 328-3646 or visit http://www.eagle-county.com/rodeo.cfm The sixteenth season of Bravo! Vail Val-ley Music Festi-val will continue through Au-gust 4 with some great music almost nightly, but your last chances to see and hear America’s flagship orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra perform will be this Friday and Saturday nights. Tonight, the entire concert features various works by Mendelssohn and then on Saturday night, its Verdi and Tchaikovsky. Both concerts begin at 6 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheater. The crowds have been incredible and there are so many adjectives that could be used to describe this orchestra but all I can say is WOW! WHAT A MAJOR COUP for us to have this incredible institution along with the RPO and DSO here in the Vail Valley this summer. For tickets and information call Jason at 827-5700, ext. 11. For more details and information on other festival highlights throughout the week, please call (970) 827-5700 or visit our website at http://www.vailmusicfestival.org The final Budweiser Hot Summer Nights concert will be held next Tuesday, July 29, and features Bering Strait with some great Russian bluegrass music. These free shows begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheater and are a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For more information, call 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org The 15th Annual Vail International Dance Festival will take place August 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8-11. It is presented by the Vail Valley Foundation and is known for presenting the world’s greatest dance artists in seasoned classics, contemporary masterpieces and world premieres. This year’s festival features exclusive and originally produced productions not seen on the touring circuit from ballroom to classical ballet, audiences of all ages and tastes are sure to be pleased. Tickets are available at the Vilar Center Box Office, by phone at (970) 845-8497 or (888) 920-2787 or log on to the Vilar Center website for easy on-line ticketing and nd to choose your own seats at http://www.vvf.org/dance.cfm The 16th Annual Beaver Creek Arts Festival returns on August 9 and 10 with over 150 artists from almost every state in the union. Show times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and admission is free. Over $15 million worth of fine art will be on display. This festival offers the opportunity to meet and discuss the artwork with the creators themselves. For more information, call (970) 845-9090 or (954) 472-3755 or ARTFESTIVAL.com. The 2nd Annual Arts and Flowers, a Gala Evening and Auction Benefit to raise funds for the operation and maintenance of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens will be held on Saturday, August 16 at the Larkspur Restaurant at Gold Peak. Last year’s event raised more than $50,000 for the gardens which showcase the unique nature of alpine plants and the importance of protecting the mountain environments in which they grow. The evening begins with a silent auction and appetizers at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and live auction at 8 p.m. Tickets are $175 per person, $1200 for a table of eight or corporate sponsor tables are available between $2,500 and $5,000. For invitation or donation information, contact the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens at 476-0103. Join field ecologist turned author and columnist Susan J. Twiet this Saturday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for an integrated ap-proach to reading and writing about western landscapes. This workshop features a combination of informal lectures and fieldwork, and will begin with a look at the tools available to learn the unique nature of the West, its rocks and plants, its animals and weather. They will demystify the various “ologies”–geology, zoology, entomology, climatology, hy-drology and also take a field trip into the surrounding landscape to discover the stories it holds, from its underlying geologic structure to the myriad of wild lives that animate it. It will be held at the Red Cliff School and the cost of the program is $50. Call 827-9725 for more information. The Holy Cross Ranger District will be treating noxious weeds in the Meadow Mountain area including cutting, pulling, biological and herbicide treatment of up to 300 acres of musk thistle, plumeless thistle, Canada thistle, Russian knapweed, yellow toadflax and houndstongue infestations. This will occur from July 28 through September. Persons planning to use this area are advised to avoid direct contact with plants that have been sprayed until they have dried. For more information, call Steve at 328-6388. The Eagle County Fair Board is holding a raffle for a 2003 Dodge 2500 Quad Cab to benefit the Eagle County 4H. The vehicle is a 3/4 ton heavy duty 4-wheel drive pick-up with leather interior. Only 400 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each. The drawing will then be held on the last night of this year’s rodeo on August 2 at 8 p.m. at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. Four lucky tickets will be drawn and then the next drawing, three lucky people will win $150 and one will win the truck. That’s better odds than the lottery – one in a hundred chance of winning! The winner need not be present to win. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call Wendy at 471-1787. Tickets can also be purchased at Wylaco in Gypsum or from any fair board member. Local high school students participating in Gore Range Natural Science School’s popular Wild Mountain Field Ecology summer program will present their research findings on snowshoe hare and lynx population next Thursday, July 24, at Berry Creek Middle School. The program runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For information, call 827-9725.DON’T DRINK & DRIVE!
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