Carbondale prepares for 114th Potato Day celebration

Cooked corn and potatoes sit and cool off after being taken out of the cooking pits underground in Sopris Park during Saturday's 113th annual Potato Day.
Chelsea Self/Post Independent

Carbondale’s 114th annual Potato Day celebration is almost here. The event is slated for Oct. 6-8. 

The theme, “Growing Together,” honors the 100th anniversary of the Colorado Potato Growers Exchange development, started 1923. Though the Carbondale branch of the PGE was created in an unknown year, it contributed to helping stabilize the potato market. The market later included onions and pinto beans in the exchange.

Potato Day is the longest running special event. Anyone interested in volunteering for the potato and corn wrapping party can contact Sue Gray at, or call at 970-618-1849. Interested parties can also contact the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center at 970-510-1290 or visit

Event schedule

Friday, Oct 6 

6-10 p.m, Community Contra Dance 

  • Located at Carbondale Recreation and Community Center
  • Features the Wooden Nickel String Band and food
  • 6:30 p.m., contra dance lessons 
  • 7 p.m., dance begins
  • Cost is $10 — additional charges for food and libations

Saturday, Oct. 7

8:30-10:30 a.m., Carbondale Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast

  •  Located at Chacos Park
  •  Costs $10 regular pancake breakfast, $15 potato pancake breakfast

9 a.m., “Tater Trot” one-mile fun run 

9 a.m-3 p.m., Farmer’s market and cowboy coffee

  • Located at Sopris Park

10:30 a.m., Potato Day Parade 

  • Starts at Main and Second Streets
  • Parade applications required, 40$ for commercial floats, $20 for non-profits, free for youth and school floats 
  • Applications available here

11 a.m., Largest home-grown potato contest

  • Located at Sopris Park

11 a.m.-2 p.m., Potato sackers corn hole tournament

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Barbeque and baked potato lunch

  • Located at Sopris Park  
  • Costs $15 adults, $10 kids under 12

11:30 a.m.-1:p.m.: Live music from Dan and Pam 

  • Located at the Gazebo

1 p.m., Announcements of Parade and Largest Potato Contest Winners

1:05 p.m., Traditional Potato Days kids games

  • Located at Carbondale Historical Society Booth
  • Features hot potato, potato sack race and potato piñata. 

1:15-3 p.m., Live music from Acoustic Mayhem

  • Located at the Gazebo

Sunday, Oct. 8

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Youth Gymkhana — rodeo 

  • Located at Gus Darien Arena rodeo grounds at County Road 100

8 a.m.-noon Ride the Ranches 

11 a.m.-2 p.m., Party in the Pasture 

  • Located at Coffman Ranch 
  • $10 entry fee, kids 12 and under are free, 

Register at

More Like This, Tap A Topic

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.