As the summer wanes and the fall dawns, the leaves of Vail’s trees blazon their bright colors and provide an indication that the busy season is just starting. Being one of the most renowned ski and boarding areas in the Colorado area, Vail’s streets and the bulk of The Vail Valley’s economy springs to life when the days shorten in the fall and the snow falls in the winter. While the Red Lion roars and Pepi’s Restaurant rages, the city of Vail itself is poised to start their busy season with both old and new tricks to attract tourists and locals alike. Starting this week on September 9th and spanning through Sunday the 14th, Vail will play host to one of the biggest fall events on The Valley’s annual calendar: The America Cup International Fly Fishing Tournament. Spanning through 5 major rivers in the area including the Colorado River, the city of Vail brags: the “most prestigious fly fishing events in the world come to Vail (theamericacup.com)!” In the past, this event has hosted international 5-man teams from remote places as far as Japan and Australia, and this year anticipates the same diverse set of international fly fishers.
Funded by the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, the capital raised from the event has annually gone toward the physical and mental rehabilitation of active and non-active members of America’s armed services. As such, this year’s tournament will be preceded by a “Soldier’s Day” in which members of the armed forces will have an opportunity to get their feet wet and do some fly fishing of their own accompanied by an expert for tips and tricks from the best. While this is a great event to be a spectator, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing also provides residents and tourists alike with the opportunity to volunteer and assist our wounded warriors on or off the banks of the 5 featured rivers.
After the excitement of the fly fishing tournament is over, The Valley’s annual Oktoberfest features an over 200-year-old Bavarian tradition complete with live music and dancing, traditional Bavarian yodeling and –of course—a plethora of beer.
So strap on your lederhosen and warm up your yodeling voice, because this weekend in Vail is set to feature fun for the whole family and a special event whose focus is to proudly serve those who have served us.