Since 1961, Eagle has held its signature summertime event Eagle Flight Days. Flight Days was first observed back in 1922, a little more than a year after the county seat moved from Red Cliff to Eagle. However, the celebration fizzled out in the late 30s and during WW II, but it was successfully revived in 1961with the help of the late Harold Koonce of the Eagle Chamber of Commerce. He agreed to chair the event committee and along with representatives from The Eagle Valley Roping Club, Eagle County Cattlemen’s Association, the Eagle Lions Club and the Eagle County Farm Bureau the community continues to enjoy this great community event. For more history on this celebration, read an article published in 2011 in the Vail Daily, http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20110622/NEWS/110629999
Roxie Deane, committee chair and former Town Mayor, said, “It is such a delight to see our wonderful community come together for Eagle Flight Days. I thank all of the volunteers for their time and commitment, for without them, it would not happen.”
The 2015 Eagle Flight Days begins at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26 in the Eagle Town Park with a pet show and live concerts until 11:00 p.m. Saturday’s program starts with a pancake breakfast from 7-9 a.m. and the much anticipated parade on Broadway at 10:00 a.m. Entry forms can be obtained at town hall or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Maureen Henderson is the parade organizer and she can be reached at 970.404.2220.
The parade route begins at 5th and Broadway heading north to 2nd Street and this year’s theme if “Night at the Museum.” All participants are encouraged to decorate their float to reflect this theme. The Judge’s Award will be given for the entry that best represents the parade theme, plus ribbons will be given for the best children’s group, marching/walking group, floats, vehicles, equestrian and novelty.
More live concerts return Saturday night, June 27 from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. in the Eagle Town Park. Flight Days continues on Sunday with a 5k, 10k Run from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m., Yoga in the Park, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. and a Kids Talent Show from 11:30 – 3:00 p.m.
For a complete listing all Eagle Flight Days events visit www.townofeagle.org