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Vail Valley: One Eagle group building momentum

Scott N. Miller
Vail, CO, Colorado

Momentum builds for One Eagle group

Eagle business association has other summer events planned

By Scott N. Miller


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What’s on tap?

The folks in the One Eagle business group are looking at roughly an event every month through the summer. A couple are maybes, one is set, and the list doesn’t include the annual Flight Days celebration the last weekend in June.

– This weekend: EagleBActive is holding several events for kids and adults in Eagle Town Park. Registration fees are required for many event. To learn more, go to

– July: There’s talk of fireworks, music, or other events, perhaps July 2. The annual Fourth of July kids’ bike parade will still be held.

– August: Could there be a mushroom-fest in Eagle?

– September: The annual Potatopalooza will be held downtown.

– Art walks and events are scheduled in Eagle Ranch and downtown through the summer.


Eagle’s new business group seems to be building momentum.

After a couple of weekends of bicycle-based events in and around town, One Eagle is turning its attention to other summer events designed to get locals to procrastinate about household projects for the sake of fun, and, perhaps, draw some people from around the area to town.

At Tuesday’s weekly meeting at the Broadway Cafe, One Eagle members took some time to talk about recent successes and talk about future plans.

Thanks to donations from supporters, One Eagle got enough money for some regional advertising, and in at least one case, it’s worked as intended.

During last weekend’s “Boot Days” ” a series of promotions and events in and around the Dusty Boot restaurant in Eagle Ranch.

Scott Schlosser, who was at a “welcome wagon” at the Boneyard trailhead last weekend, said a group of five riders was headed for Fruita last weekend, but heard a radio ad for Boot Days. The riders got off the highway at Eagle and made their way to the trailhead.

“They ended up getting rooms here,” Schlosser said.

Dusty Boot owner John Shipp said between 1,000 and 1,500 people turned out for the various Boot Days events.

The success of Boot Days, and the bicycle-based pub crawl the weekend before, has energized One Eagle members to think about other events. There’s talk of putting together something for the Fourth of July weekend, and a mushroom festival in August is in the planning stages.

If those events are as successful as the recent ones, One Eagle may be on to something, and may see folks venture down valley to play.

“We have a store in Edwards, and people we’ve talked to up there really felt like we were trying to promote our community more than promote our businesses,” said Kelly Malin, co-owner of The Kind cycle shops. “All our stuff is based on the community, and the businesses benefit.”

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