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Vail America Days™ Parade Winners

  • 4 July 2019
Vail America Days™ Parade Winners

Event organizers announced the parade category winners of the Vail America Days™ parade following the parade, which took place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on July 4, within Vail Village and Lionshead Village. The high quality and uniqueness of the floats made it exciting for the judges and guests to enjoy the parade theme of Honoring The 10th Mountain Division.


The Vail America Days parade theme was A Tribute to the 10th Mountain Division, which honors our close connection to Freedom and those who helped to protect our great nation. The Town of Vail was pleased to welcome 10th Mountain Division Veterans Sandy Treat and Richard Over as honorary 2019 Vail America Days Parade Marshals.


The parade judges Rayla Kundolf, Chris Anthony and Jeff Wiles had their work cut out for them this year. The parade was filled with such high quality craft, thought and spirit, in honor of the 10th Mountain Division.


Winners Presented by Gallegos Corporation


The Gallegos Corporation

Most Distinctive, The Gerald Gallegos Award

The Gallegos Corporation partnered with the Vail Veterans Program and honored all who served in the 10th Mountain Division remembering their legacy. The thought, detail and high quality float was the perfect match for the Most Distinctive Award, actually presented by The Gallegos Corporation.


Honoring the Women of Camp Hale

Most Sustainable

InvitedHome honored the women of Camp Hale of the 10th Mountain Division. With nearby Camp Hale being a U.S. Army Training Facility used to train elite mountain soldiers in 1942, its location between Minturn and Leadville is close to home. Two-hundred women formed the Army Corps and broke down the barriers of potential occupations women could fill at Camp Hale, while the men were on the front lines during WWII.


Alpine Arts Center

Most Original

Alpine Arts Center’s parade float was designed by many talented young artists during kids art camps in Edwards this week. They made everything from scratch including float decoration and costumes as a tribute to the 10th Mountain Division.


Vail Resorts Presents the 75th Anniversary of Riva Ridge

Best in Show

In 1944, the 10th Mountain Division was deployed to Italy and in mid-February of 1945 they were tasked to do something which had failed twice before; the taking of Riva Ridge and Mt. Belvedere, the linchpin of German strongholds in the Italian mountains. Through stealth advancements and sheer guts, they were successful in their mission and to this day it is considered the most successful alpine assault in U.S. military history.

 In recognition of the 75th Anniversary of that battle, Vail Mountain invites you to come ski or ride the longest trail on Vail Mountain, Riva Ridge, during a special ceremony in February 2020.


Eagle County Schools Wild West Days

Best Youth

Eagle County Elementary Schools Wild West Days saluted the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division.


Buddy Werner League: Celebrating 50 Years!

Best Float
Buddy Werner League in Vail and Beaver Creek celebrated its 50th season this past year as a recreational ski league for youth in the Vail Valley. Known for helping kids learn life lessons, they focus on hard work, integrity, sportsmanship, safety, adventure and humility. They welcomed the Buddy Werner founding family members Vi Brown and her son, ski legend, Mike Brown.


1950 Dodge from Sprat Ranch

Best Motorized

This 1950 Dodge pick-up was driven today by Vietnam Veteran, Chip Stratlen. Today, they paid tribute to Robert E. Jacobs, who served honorably with the 10th Mountain Division. Joining the celebration this year were Robert’s daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren: The Seccombes and Zotties.


Denver and District Pipe Band

Best Marching/Musical

The Denver and District Pipe Band is an award-winning competitor and performance group of musicians and dancers from the greater Denver area. Two of the oldest bagpipe bands in Denver merged to form this super group. Today, the band proudly wore the MacCallum Tartan and has been part of the Vail Parade for more than 40 years. This year’s band was led by pipe major Thomas Johnson and Drum Major John Thorton.


About The Gallegos Corporation and the Vail America Days Parade

The Gallegos Corporation is nearing a 50-year history of supporting the community through countless philanthropic efforts and by being an integral part of traditions such as Vail America Days, which the community holds dear. This year, the Gallegos Corporation returned once again with an impressive group of volunteers supporting their tradition as part of Vail America Days to carry on the legacy of Gerald Gallegos. They helped to support the Town of Vail’s sustainability efforts by partnering with the event to provide the Refill and Refresh water stations throughout the parade route.

Gallegos continues to support the Vail community by providing the parade awards.  Gallegos has provided these awards for the last 25 years.  Each year the Gallegos Marble and Granite Shop challenges itself to integrate a design to showcase materials and techniques that pair with the current parade theme.  This year awards were made from a red fusion quartzite on an absolute black base.  Gallegos Marble and Granite Shop along with support from local design companies were able to make the vision a reality.  Kris Kortuem, of The Gallegos Corporation says, “The entire Gallegos shop takes pride to cut, polish, sandblast and assemble these awards each year.  Gallegos is very proud and thankful for the people who served in the 10th Mountain Division and their great legacy.”


Vail America DaysTM could not be possible without the generosity of the sponsors Town of Vail, GMC, Alpine Bank and The Gallegos Corporation and is sponsored in part by Barbara Scrivens of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty.


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