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Vail Valley Weekend: Family fun & farmers markets

Caramie Schnellcschnell@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyVail Valley Weekend: Love crawfish? Head to Moe's BBQ in Eagle for a fundraiser Saturday afternoon. The eatery is having 120 pounds of the little red shellfish flown in for a special Alabama Coastal Foundation benefit.

Gypsum’s 2010 People’s Friday events begin FridayThe People’s Friday starts this week at Gypsum’s Lundgren Theater and Town Hall Park, and continues every Friday right into Gypsum Daze on July 16.For six weeks, the town each Friday will present a free concert and movie. The music will start at 7 p.m. along with kids crafts and a bounce house. The movie will start at sundown. Tonight The Harry Baxter Band will provide classic rock music followed by the movie, “Over the Hedge.” On July 16, when Gypsum Daze begins, a talent show will be the main event.”It keeps getting better every year,” said Dawn Ritts, who has been in charge of the event for three seasons.Normally the town solicits sponsorships to help fund The People’s Friday, but not this year.”We’re doing it on our own this time because of the economy,” Ritts said. “We didn’t want to ask local businesses for more money when they’re probably already feeling a little tapped out.”Adding to all the fun days ahead, Ritts said, the town is also planning to host a grand opening for Gypsum Creek Golf Course and Big Valley Steakhouse on June 19.Eagle Farmers MarketThe first-ever Eagle Farmers Market takes place Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Eagle Town Park. There will be food and craft vendors and pony rides and a petting zoo for the youngsters. Zumba in the Park starts at 5 p.m. The Art Center will sponsor kite building. MJ & A will perform on the “Strut Your Stuff” stage. Visit or call 970-376-0722.Folk-filled funDenver band Oak Creek will perform to Friday at 5 p.m. at the Dusty Boot in Eagle. The band consists of Daniel Watters and Jenna Cunningham. Together they have a harmonic, folk-filled, energy. They have been compared to the Canadian indie-pop band Stars, as well as the folk-rock band Rilo Kiley from Los Angeles. Both pull influences from bands such as Fleet Foxes, Broken Social Scene, Phoenix, Wilco, Stevie Wonder, Simon and Garfunkel, and of course, The Beatles. While Watters already has two solo albums under his belt, the duo is only songs away from recording their first album together as Oak Creek. For more information about the show, call 970-328-7002.

A whole lotta crawfishSome 120 pounds of crawfish is being flown in and cooked up at Moe’s Original BBQ in Eagle Saturday. The barbecue joint is hosting a fundraiser for the Alabama Coastal Foundation at the Eagle location from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Attendees can nosh on all things crawfish, including a crawfish boil, crawfish bread, crawfish monica and more. A handful of musical acts, including Bluzilla, Brokedown Willys, Supersonic Shrimp, Sloppy Mountain String Band, Boxcar Daisies and members of Frogs Gone Fishin and The Laughing Bones will entertain attendees. There will be a raffle, drink specials. There’s a minimum $5 donation at the door and all proceeds will benefit the Alabama Coastal Foundation. Moe’s in Eagle is located at 630 Grand Avenue. Call 970-337-2277.Edwards Farmers MarketThe Edwards Farmers’ Market kicks off Saturday at Edwards Corner. Along with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, honey and flowers from farms like Clark Family Orchards and Fox Fire Farms, there will be food from vendors like Kirby Cosmos BBQ and Nicky’s Quickie Greek Gyros. There are also kids activities like face painting and bouncy castles. The market goes from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is free. Pets are welcome. Call 970-479-1711 or visit for more information. Free family fareThe Free Family Fun Fair returns to Edwards Freedom Park Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the place to be if you have little ones in tow. Free family activities and entertainment include bouncy castles, train rides, crafts, a climbing wall, face painting and even pony rides. There’s also a dinosaur egg hunt for kids ages 3 to 6, soccer, gymnastic and karate demos from James Lee Karate and Inyodo Martial Arts, casting clinics from Minturn Angler’s, a magic show featuring Danny Archer, and a skateboard contest. There will be two bouldering walls and laser tag. Even better, everything is free, including parking, which is at Battle Mountain High School. Call 970-949-0140 for more information. Fiesta in LionsheadThe South of the Border Fiesta returns to Lionshead Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A mariachi band and folk dancers will perform at the Lionshead entrance and stroll through Lionshead to the stage at Arrabelle Square for a performance at 11:30 a.m. The day’s festivities will include a salsa competition, which is free to the public. Attendees can vote for their favorite spicy dip. Two awards will be given out, one in the professional category for best salsa and another for people’s choice. A fashion show will begin at 1:30 p.m. and 12 models will show off clothes from Vail and Lionshead boutiques. The event includes lots of kids activities, including arts and crafts, bouncy castles, free balloons, pinatas, sombreros and pinatas. DJ Wild Bill will entertain the crowd in between the mariachi band performances and during the fashion show. Visit for more information.

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