Carbondale Mountain Fair starts Friday |

Carbondale Mountain Fair starts Friday

CARBONDALE – It’ll be a circus in Carbondale this weekend.The 35th annual Mountain Fair, benefiting the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, brings arts, music and community together Friday starting at 4 p.m. through Sunday night. This year the fair features the Wise Fool Circus, a Santa Fe, N.M.-based troupe performing aerial routines mixed with puppetry and stilts.From wood-splitting and horseshoe championships to pie- and cake-baking contests, Mountain Fair offers a variety of friendly competition. The fair also hosts two races – the Mt. Sopris Runoff, an 11-mile race from Basalt to Carbondale Saturday morning, and the Porcupine Loop Bike Race near Mt. Sopris Sunday morning.Improved this year is the Oasis tent, featuring children’s activities throughout the day, including Music Together, Jammin’ Jim circus arts, the Betty Hoops Hula Hooping Contest, tie-dying with Marty Sailsbury and more. In the evening, Mountain Fair transforms into a Middle Eastern mecca with the Masri Nar Middle Eastern dancers, fire performers and live music.The Gazebo Stage hosts a full schedule of musical entertainment including bluegrass band Crooked Still, New Mexico’s Latin Nosotros and local favorites Frank Martin and Steve Skinner. The music wraps up Sunday night from 7-8:30 p.m. with funky rock and soul band 8traC. Saturday night offers Mardi Gras flavor with beads and music (fairgoers are encouraged to wear costumes) with reggae, trance and rock pop band SeePeopleS.For more information on Mountain Fair events, see or call 963-1680.

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