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Vail’s gondola is free Saturday

Vail Daily staff reportVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyThe gondola is free Saturday in honor of the inaugural South of the Border Fiesta taking place in Lionshead in Vail, Colorado

VAIL, Colorado -Lionshead Village in Vail, Colorado heats up on Saturday. The first-ever South of the Border Fiesta kicks off the summer from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Vail Chamber & Business Association, the Latin-themed event will include authentic Mexican dishes from local restaurants, vendors selling frosty beverages like margaritas and beers and a live Mariachi band. A 10-piece salsa band, Fuerza Tropical, will perform on a stage near the ice rink at Arrabelle. Restaurants will compete in the chili cook off for the title of Vail’s best chili. Event attendees can ride the gondola for free, and children can enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, a train ride and more. Children will receive a free sombrero and can take a swing at a pinata. For more information, contact the VCBA at 970-477-0075.

Twice during the South of the Border Fiesta models will show off the latest fashions from several Vail stores. Local women will model clothes from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and again from 2:30 to 3 p.m. on a runway set up near the ice skating rink at Arrabelle Square. DJ Wild Bill will spin during the two shows. Recently Arriesgado held a casting call for potential models, said Arriesgado owner Cabal Yarne. Nine people were chosen to participate in the fashion show and compete for the chance to be featured on Arriesgado’s web site. Along with clothing from Arriesgado, the models will be wearing clothes from Rack and Roll and Vail T-Shirt Company. Six employees from Specialty Sports Ventures will model clothing and gear from Burton, Patagonia, Quicksilver, North Face, One Track Mind and Gore Creek Fly Fisherman during the fashion show as well. “We thought it would be a fun way to get a lot of the retailers in Vail together, and show people there’s a little fashion culture here,” said organizer Emily Oatis.

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