Bodies, not spirits, dampened at Mtn. Fair |

Bodies, not spirits, dampened at Mtn. Fair

Post Independent Photo/Jim Noelker

CARBONDALE – At this year’s Carbondale Mountain Fair, there was one accessory no one could do without: a spray bottle full of cool water.All over Sopris Park Saturday, Mountain Fair volunteers armed with plastic bottles routinely sprayed passersby with mists of water – and no one seemed to mind.

Saturday morning, runners competing in the Mt. Sopris Runoff – a 16-plus-mile foot race from Basalt to Carbondale – positively relished the water dousings. When Stewart Oksenhorn, arts and entertainment editor for The Aspen Times, ran through the finish line near the entrance of Mountain Fair, he was soaked through thanks to enthusiastic sprayers.”This is my first race, ever,” he said, with a smile, “and possibly my last.”Oksenhorn, who finished the race in 33rd place, joined two other local newspaper folks in the Runoff. Charlie Wertheim, copy editor at the Post Independent, took first place and John Stroud, managing editor at the Valley Journal, took fourth.

Amidst the arts and crafts booths, Laura Van Dyne of Carbondale had another way of cooling off. She was selling neck ties – strips of fabric with cooling gel inside – for $5 a tie. The tie sales are a fund-raiser for Heeling Partners, a local dog therapy organization.Inside the booths, vendors reported steady business.Cathy Crenshaw, who owns and operates Crenshaw Jewelers across the street from Sopris Park, was happy with her booth space near the east entrance of the fair. “It was a wonderful opening night last night,” she said. “And we’re doing very well today. Having a booth here is a great way to expose the shop, and to remind people that I’m here. Plus it gives me the opportunity to interact with people I might not interact with at the store.” Crenshaw, who specializes in original silver work, said she appreciates that Mountain Fair promotes all artists – paying special attention to those from the area.”This fair supports the locals,” she said. “They’re very generous with us, and not all fairs are like that.”That was apparent a few booths down. Award-winning local artists Dasa Bausova and Wewer Keohane, who also exhibit their work internationally, were busy selling their prints and original paintings. “This is my first time showing at a fair,” said Bausova. “Wewer and I show our work well together, so we decided to team up. It’s going well.” There was a line at Cafe Ol, a coffee shop in Dos Gringos restaurant in Carbondale. “We’ve been doing great,” said Amanda Britz, who was selling frozen coffee drinks and iced lattes out of the little booth. “It’s fun to be here. We get to see everyone.” At Happy Hairbraiding, a woman who goes by the name Tricia was braiding intricate hairstyles on both men and women. She said she’s been to Mountain Fair three or four times, but came all the way from Tennessee to run her own hairbraiding booth for the first time this year. And unlike many locals, the heat wasn’t bothering her one bit.”There are no bugs and no humidity here,” she said. “This is great!”

Sunday, July 279 a.m. – Crystal River Ballet, children’s ballet school9:30 – Carbondale Creative Dance, children’s modern dance9:45 – Sopris Stompers, children’s clogging10:25- Latino Children’s Folklorico10:5 – Paonia Earthbeat Choir11:30 – The Heavenly Echoes, African-American Gospel12:55- Louie & The Lizards, rock1:55 – Aspen Dance Connection, on the grass2:30 – Rhythm Culture, reggae2:30 – Live Painting by Majid Kahhak5:15 – Smokestack, jam band7:15 – Guajira, Latin contemporaryContact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext.

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