Vail has more great events this weekend
Have you recovered from all the things you did over Labor Day Weekend? I know you were either at the Rotary Duck Race, Gourmet on the Gore or at the Vail Farmers Market. If you think this weekend is going to slow down a bit, better think again. This week Vail has the first-ever Vail Automotive Classic, Wheels & Wings show in Vail Village Sunday, Oktoberfest in Lionshead Saturday and Sunday, and the Farmers Market on Sunday on Meadow Drive. So get your driving, walking and dancing shoes out because your feet are going to be busy!Here’s a little history how the Vail Automotive Classic can to be: About a year ago, the Vail Chamber & Business Association gathered with some local merchants to talk about how to add more activities and vitality to the Vail Village core area. These meetings came as a response to the Lionshead Merchants joining together to bring new events to Lionshead, possibly drawing guests from the Village, as well as Vail Resorts’ decision not to run the VistaBahn chairlift during the summer season. This informal group felt that Vail Village needed to create a signature, non-food event, something that would draw new or returning Vail clientele. Many different opportunities were talked about, but there was a general feeling that high-end automotives and what they represented tied in nicely with Vail’s customers. Shortly after these meetings, I had the pleasure of being introduced to a couple of car folks around the valley who were looking to put together an event of their own. After joining forces, the outcome is this week’s Vail Automotive Classic Wheels & Wings. Saturday at the Vail Valley Jet Center we will be hosting more than 20 planes, 70 cars and few vintage motorcycles. On Sunday, the vehicles – we haven’t quite figured out how to bring the planes into Vail – will be displayed on Gore Creek Drive, Bridge Street and Mountain Plaza (also known as the Vista Bahn ski yard). So if anything with wheels or wings is your passion or interest, come on out for a look. Saturday we’ll be at the Vail Valley Jet Center from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday in Vail from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, go to http://www.vailautoclassic.com.Moving on…Have you heard all the discussions about parking? If you haven’t, now is about your last chance to weigh in. This past week the Vail Town Council was looking to finalize a winter parking plan. It has gone back to the drawing board for a few revisions, but the final plan will be rolled out for approval Sept. 21. Two topics that received much discussion but no final recommendations were the need for the Value/Short Term parking spaces and two hours versus one hour of free parking. The short-term spaces don’t seem to get used as much, making them available for a quick arrival and departure. Is that the best use of these parking spaces and is there even a need? The Vail Chamber has proposed eliminating short-term parking. We also believe we should provide two hours of free parking, not one. Rates would then be two to three hours for $15, three to four hours for $20 and four 24 hours $25. Also under consideration is a minimal fee for arrival after 3 p.m., possibly $3. The town would continue to provide “free after three” parking for all pass holders. Keep in mind that the parking structure needs to pay for itself, meaning that if a little revenue is given in one area, a little may need to be made up in another area. As the voice of the Vail business community, we need to hear from you on your thoughts on these two parking issues. You can let us know at 970-477-0075 or via e-mail at info.vailchamber.org.The Vail Chamber & Business Association is the leading business advocacy group in Vail and is a communications outlet for businesses that want to have a voice in community affairs. If you are interested in finding out more about the Vail Chamber and what it has to offer, please contact us at 970-477-0075 or e-mail email@example.com. Based in Vail Village, our office is located in the transportation center and our doors are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Stop by and say hello!Richard tenBraak is executive director of the Vail Chamber & Business Association.