Some of my fondest childhood memories involve wandering through livestock tents with funnel cake in one hand and cotton candy in the other.
OK, to be honest, I still maintain that diet whenever I’m at a fair. Sorry, Mom.
My family and I would go to multiple county fairs a year when we were all living in northern Illinois, and I miss that. That’s why I’m so looking forward to the Garfield County Fair, which lasts from Aug. 3-8 at the fairgrounds in Rifle.
I love everything about fairs: the smells (deep fried food and farm animals give off two of my favorite scents, believe it or not), the sounds (I don’t listen to country radio, but I can still boogie down at a country concert), the sights (I especially love the support given to young artists) and, in general, the community coming together.
Plus, Gary Allan is performing on Aug. 7, and he is one of my all-time favorite country singers. I’ve seen him live a handful of times, but it’s been years since my last concert of his.
It takes a lot to make me miss a First Friday in Carbondale, but when Gary Allan is the alternative, there’s really no question where I’ll be.
I made a lot of wonderful memories at fairs growing up, and I’m excited to make some new memories of my first county fair in Colorado. I’ll see you there!
Head out to Silt for Crack in the Wall Gallery’s monthly Last Friday celebration. From 5 to 8 p.m. at 1887 County Road 237, you can view new artwork while you support the Riding Institute of Disabled Equestrians (RIDE) program, also based in Silt. Word on the street is there may be horses on the property for you to pet and get to know.
A juried selection of the brilliant musicians of the Aspen Music Festival and School will make a trip downvalley to share solo and chamber music masterworks. This rare opportunity to hear the music of Aspen’s festival without traveling to Aspen should not be missed — especially because the recital is free. Stop by the Carbondale Branch Library at 6 p.m. on Saturday to enjoy a world-class performance.
Every Sunday and Tuesday of the summer, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center hosts a free and open to the public guest faculty lecture. This Sunday, don’t miss Barry Bartlett and Larry White, who will discuss ceramics, furniture and woodworking in the Schermer Meeting Hall. They’ll present slides of their work and speak about their inspiration, creative process and studio practice.
Also worth mentioning is Saturday’s Art Auction and Community Picnic at the ranch. The 35th annual event will feature more than 200 items available for bidding in live and silent auctions. It will also include a picnic lunch ($15 for adults, kids 12 and younger are free), live music and children’s art activities. All the proceeds benefit the Anderson Ranch’s programs. The fun lasts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Jessica Cabe is still recovering from fair food at Mountain Fair. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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