This year, Frisco celebrates the 21st annual Colorado BBQ Challenge starting with a kickoff concert with the London Souls at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 12, and running through Saturday, June 14.
The Colorado BBQ Challenge requires more than 350 community volunteers while hosting 25,000 to 30,000 visitors. Volunteers do everything from selling beer and tickets to moving tables and checking IDs. Volunteers in all capacities also serve as ambassadors during this event, putting a friendly and welcoming face on the BBQ Challenge. Every volunteer will get to eat some delicious barbecue and will also receive a free barbecue T-shirt.
“We absolutely could not host an event of this size and fun factor without committed volunteers,” said Nora Gilbertson, town of Frisco events manager. “Volunteers are the backbone of all of Frisco’s events, but the BBQ Challenge owes the lion’s share of its success to them. Rick and Judi Amico have done a tremendous job of organizing volunteers and showing them the love for many years, and it is so great that they continue in this role. Summit County residents are so generous with their time. I’m very grateful.”
Volunteers are invited to sign up online by going to www.friscobbq.com. Volunteers can choose the shift times and what type of volunteer position they would prefer by registering online. For more details about the Colorado Barbeque Challenge, lodging specials and activities, visit www.friscobbq.com or call (800) 424-1554.
FDRD participates in National Trails Day
On Saturday, June 7, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District will host a trail maintenance day at the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area in honor of National Trails Day.
According to the American Hiking Society’s website, National Trails Day is a celebration of America’s magnificent trail system, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June. National Trails Day features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Individuals, clubs and organizations from around the country host National Trails Day events to share their love of trails with friends, family and their communities.
National Trails Day evolved during the late ’80s and ’90s from a popular ethos among trail advocates, outdoor industry leaders and political bodies who wanted to unlock the vast potential in America’s National Trails System, transforming it from a collection of local paths into a true network of interconnected trails and vested trail organizations, the site says. This collective mindset hatched the idea of a singular day where the greater trail community could band together behind the National Trails Day moniker to show their pride and dedication to the National Trails System.
The FDRD workday will end with the reward of a “trailgate” lunch provided by Pug Ryan’s, and the organization encourages volunteers to sign up ahead of time to ensure there is enough food available.
For more information, visit www.fdrd.org.
Carriage House hosts third-annual fun run
The Carriage House Early Learning Center, located at 890 Airport Road in Breckenridge, will host its third-annual run.fun.run on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 9 a.m. at Carter Park in Breckenridge.
Preregistration for the run is available at www.active.com or stop by the Carriage House to sign up. Registration is $25 in advance or $30 the day of the run for those 18 and younger or $30 in advance and $35 the day of the run for ages 19 and older. The first 50 people to register will receive a free T-shirt.
If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering at the event, contact Martha at (970) 453-6423. For more information about the event, find the Carriage House on Facebook at www.facebook.com/carriagehousebreck.
Woodward at Copper adds August Day Camp
Woodward at Copper is increasing its summer camp offerings to include August Day Camp, the first two weeks of August, Monday, Aug. 4, through Friday, Aug. 8, and Monday, Aug. 11, through Friday, Aug. 15. With the additional day camp product, local parents have more options for summer break, including the most unique summer camp offering in Colorado at Woodward at Copper.
August Day Camp includes full access to the newly remodeled 19,400-square-foot Barn facility, featuring foam pits, trampolines, indoor skate and BMX park. Day campers will also get to experience new Parkskis and Parkboards (provided by Burton Snowboards) specially designed to ride on the new Skatelite surface.
Ages 6 to 14 will spend the morning learning on the spring floor and trampolines, followed by Skatelite jumps into foam pits in the afternoon. Book August Day Camp sessions online and find more information at www.woodwardatcopper.com.
Vail Veterans Program benefits from concert
The Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek recently announced that $10 from every ticket sold to the Monday, Aug. 11, concert by country singer Trace Adkins will be donated to the Vail Veterans Program. The announcement comes after last summer’s veterans benefit with country duo Montgomery Gentry.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to expand awareness for the Vail Veterans Program and to celebrate our veterans,” said Kris Sabel, Vilar Center executive director. “The Vail Veterans Program is a vital organization for our community as they work with injured military and their families. We’re so pleased to play a small part in their important work. Trace Adkins has been a tremendous supporter of our veterans nationally through the Wounded Warrior Project and has performed on several USO tours, and we are thrilled that Trace agreed to partner with us in this endeavor.”
Tickets to the Trace Adkins concert are $95 and $125 and are on sale now at the Vilar Center Box Office, (970) 845-8457 or www.vilarpac.org. The Vilar Center is located under the ice rink in Beaver Creek Village at 68 Avondale Lane in Beaver Creek.
“We absolutely could not host an event of this size and fun factor without committed volunteers. Volunteers are the backbone of all of Frisco’s events, but the BBQ Challenge owes the lion’s share of its success to them.”
Frisco events manager