Carbondale celebrates springtime with Dandelion Day
CARBONDALE, Colorado ” The dandelion, that perennial sign that spring is in full bloom, is the center of attention at Carbondale’s 11th annual Dandelion Day, taking place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in and around town.
The day begins with a Crystal River Cleanup hosted by the Roaring Fork Conservancy (meet at Sopris Park at 8 a.m.). A Community Flea Market in the park also starts at 8 a.m.
Registration for the 5K Dandelion Dash begins at 8 a.m. in the park, and the race starts at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the race benefit the Roaring Fork Rams football team.
The “Parade of the Species,” a celebration of earth’s diverse creatures, evolves down Main Street at 11 a.m. Parade participants should arrive at Second and Main streets at 10:45 a.m. with costumes.
African dancers and drummers will lead the parade to Sopris Park where there will be live acoustic music until 4 p.m.
The musical lineup includes local youth songwriting winners Obidiah Jones and Riley Skinner, bluegrass bands Honey Don’t (featuring Bill Powers and Shelley Gray from Sweet Sunny South), The Frying Pan Bluegrass Band, and the Dos Gringos Sunday Night Pickers. There will also be a new song circle where local songwriters will select a Dandelion Day song. The winning song will be played at 3 p.m.
Dandelion Day began in 1998 when the Carbondale Environmental Board asked the town council to adopt the dandelion as the official town flower. The significance was to prevent spraying of herbicides on town parks.
At Saturday’s festival, there will be workshops about dandelions and their medicinal uses, as well as about mountain pine beetles and planting gardens. There will also be local non-profit displays, environmentally-conscience vendors, kids arts and crafts, solar cooking, the Slow Bike Race, local food, and organic farmers with starters and flower baskets.
For more information or to register as a flea marketer, farmer, nonprofit organization or environmentally-conscious business, call Chris at 704-4115.
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