Vail council approves event funding |

Vail council approves event funding

Present: Kevin Foley, Susie Tjossem, Ludwig Kurz, Andy Daly, Margaret Rogers, Greg Moffet, Kerry Donovan.

Issue: Approval of the Vail Commission on Special Events’ 2012 budget. Council voted 7-0 to approve about $834,000 in event spending.

What’s changed? The commission – which provides public money to sustain or kick off various events in town – had $1.7 million in funding requests from various groups, but limited its spending to last year’s levels. That meant some events were added and some were dropped from the town’s funding list.

Added for next year are contributions to the brand-new Winter Teva Games, set for February, and “Mojo Man,” an adventure race set for Memorial Day weekend. Those two events received $145,000 in funding from the commission, almost 20 percent of the total budget.

Commission members also decided to provide funding to help a couple of events – the Vail Automotive Classic and “Kayak Demos” – that didn’t meet the commission’s technical criteria, but had potential to bring more people to town.

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To provide money for those events, the commission decided to drop funding for the South of the Border Fiesta, the Vail Sidewalk Sale, CarniVail and the BBQ Bonanza. A memo to the council stated those events have been “underperforming and are not deemed to be compatible with the ‘Vail Brand.'”

– Scott N. Miller

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