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Vail Daily letter: Thanks for support

The third annual Legacy Festival featuring the conservation expo and Cow Patty Bingo was a great success. Approximately 400 kids and adults gathered and learned about all the things we do as a community to leave a legacy of conservation for future generations.

This year, Cow Patty Bingo set a new record by selling out all squares on the bingo field. Eagle County Commissioner Jill Ryan took the field as our officiant. Congratulations to the Precourt family and Ann Logan, our Bah Bah Bingo and Cow Patty Bingo grand prize winners.

While the great local band, Lake County Rain, played, nearly 70 kids participated in the EVLT Future Conservationists conservation scavenger hunt, visiting the booths of our conservation expo attendees including Walking Mountains, Eagle River Watershed Council, Fossil Posse, Sage Grouse Initiative, Mountain Harvest Initiative, Heathy Harvest, Vail Resorts EpicPromise, and the Alpine Bank Green Initiative.

With Gabe Hogan as our master of ceremonies, our annual fundraiser raised over $40,000 toward its mission of preserving forever our scenic vistas, open space, historic lands, waterways and wildlife habitats that provide enjoyment, education and benefit to all who experience this special place.

Thank you to all of the great volunteers, expo attendees and the Eagle Valley Land Trust staff and board members, who helped make the 2016 Legacy Festival and Cow Patty Bingo our best year yet. And a special thanks to Lisa and Lakrisha Ellison and Jenny Leonetti of Eagle County 4-H Club for supplying (and feeding) Ol' Bessie and Boo.

Thank you to our title sponsor, Alpine Bank, who supports our mission, but also leads by example with their Green Initiative. A special thanks to our other sponsors who support our festival including the Vail Daily, El Pomar Foundation, RA Nelson, Vail Honeywagon, Kelly and Sam Bronfman, Kent Erickson and Barbara Krichbaum, CMH Creative Studio, Eagle County Conservation District, Holy Cross Energy, 1st Bank, Access Real Estate, Land Title Guarantee Co., Hawk's Nest, High Gear Cyclery, Climax Mine, EPS Design and Print, Gemini Resorts Management, Heritage Title Company, Bonfire Brewing, the town of Eagle, Vail Resorts EpicPromise, Always Mountain Time Radio, KZYR Radio, KKVM Radio, Quakenbush Imaging, Steven, Littman, Biddison, Tharp & Weinberg LLC, The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa and US Bank.

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We look forward to next year's Legacy Festival and hope you all will join us again.

Jim Daus

Executive director, Eagle Valley Land Trust