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Vail Chamber: Event bring a spark to Vail’s summer

RIch tenBraakVail ChamberVail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado -The rain has been falling in Colorado’s Vail Valley a lot recently, and while it’s good for the flowers, hopefully it’s not damping anyone’s spirits. The Teva Mountain Games made for a great weekend last week. There was life and energy in the town that hasn’t been seen since the mountain closed. It’s events like this that help add to the vitality and ambiance to the town. That is why the Vail Chamber & Business Association hosts three events over the course of the summer The first event of the three events is the South of the Border Fiesta and Chili Cook-off on June 20 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The South of the Border Fiesta will transform Lionshead. Mariachis playing traditional music from Mexico will set the mood as they wander throughout Lionshead. In addition, there will be booths set up all around the Lionshead area featuring local retailers and restaurants. Enjoy a cold beer or margarita as local restaurants will be putting their own flavor into some amazing Mexican dishes. Retailers will also be participating in a fashion show sponsored by Arriesgado Clothing, which will be taking place throughout the day. A concert performed by the 10-piece salsa band, Fuerzas Tropicales, will really shake things up and should be a great highlight to the day. Children will have an area for themselves as well. There will be arts and crafts, face painting, and some fun games such as pin the tail on the donkey. Of course, it would not be a South of the Border Fiesta without a chance to take a swing at the piata! Rickenbaugh Volvo from Denver will also be on hand showing some of the new Volvos and answering any questions you might have. We are still looking for volunteers assist us with the South of the Border Fiesta as well as the BBQ Bonanza on June 27. If you would like to help us we will need help with setting up and taking down the events. We are also looking for assistance with our children’s activities for both events – compensation will be given for these positions. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt as well as a coupon for lunch. If you are interested in volunteering, call Jason Peters, 970-477-0075.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, call 970-477-0075 or email us at Based in Vail Village, our office is located in the transportation center. Our doors are open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 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 970-477-005 or at

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