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Events: Soaring Eagle Zipline, Frisco’s BBQ Challenge

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Now open. Feel the need for speed? Zoom over the Royal Gorge on the “Soaring Eagle,” the new zipline at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Canon City. Touted as “the world’s highest zipline,” the Eagle flies more than 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River at 25 miles per hour. Thrill-seekers are strapped into seats, leaving their arms and legs frighteningly free. Brave youngsters are welcome—they just have to be at least 48 inches tall. Park hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (park closes at 6 p.m. Friday). Gate admission is $26 for adults, $22 for seniors age 60 and older, $20 for kids ages 4 to 11. Zipline tickets are $25 for one rider, $45-$80 for two to four riders. Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, 4218 County Road 3A, Canon City; 888-333-5597.

Through Sunday. Get an up-close look at a World War II warbird when a B-17 bomber lands at Centennial Airport. Hosted by Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, the plane will be on the ground for tours by the public—dubbed “Aluminum Overcast,” the B-17 was delivered to the Army in 1945, just a little too late for action in the war. Learn about the plane, explore WWII vehicle displays and watch period re-enactors discuss missions. Kids can try out pedal planes and flight simulators, too. Flights on “Aluminum Overcast” are available for hardcore aficionados, as well. Ground tours: 2-5 p.m. through Sunday. Centennial Airport, 7800 S. Peoria St., Englewood; 303-790-0598. Ground tour admission is $10 for adults, $20 for families. Veterans, active military and children up to age 8 are free. Flights are $449 in advance, $475 for walk-up customers. Discounts available for Experimental Aircraft Association members. Book in advance by calling 800-359-6217.

-Kathleen St. John, Photo


Father’s Day:

If dear ol’ Dad is a BBQ lover, don’t miss the Town of Frisco’s Colorado BBQ Challenge June 14-16. My family went last year for the first time and we are converts. Not only is there fantastic food from about 60 top BBQ teams across the nation, but it’s super kid-friendly with a 5K Bacon Burner run (you’ll need it after all the food you’re eating) and my kids’ favorite: pig races.

You can’t make this stuff up.

They also have live music, an exclusive chef demo with Jenna Johansen from Bravo TV’s “Around the World in 80 Plates” and a Breckenridge Distillery Whiskey Tour (perfect for Dad). The event is free and attendees can purchase hog-back bucks, Frisco’s barbecue currency, to pay for food and drinks and use them at participating retail stores and restaurants along Main Street.

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