Gearing up for 32nd C’dale Mountain Fair |

Gearing up for 32nd C’dale Mountain Fair

With one of the vallye’s premier festivals coming up at the end of the month, it’s time to take out the tie-dye, shake out the dancing shoes and limber up the bod for the limbo contest.The 32nd annual Carbondale Mountain Fair will blossom in Sopris Park, Friday through Sunday, July 25-27. The free outdoor festival brings together local as well as national artisans, fabulous food with an international menu, and 14 Main Stage performances featuring nationally touring music groups as well as regional and local performers.As always, there will be plenty for the kids to do at this year’s fair, with eight performances, a children’s area with games, hands-on activities and contests. This year the kids can join in their own parade that will snake through the Oasis area of the park starting at 1:45 pm. Sunday.Kids can make their own costumes and bring a musical instrument or noise-maker.Fair mainstays are back, such as the wood splitting contests for men and women. The women’s competition takes place on Saturday at 6 p.m. and the men’s contest is Sunday at 4 p.m. Fly casting is at 10 a.m. Saturday. The horseshoe tournament is at high noon on Saturday at Glassier park two blocks south of Sopris Park on Weant Blvd. Limber beings can flex their frames in the limbo contest headed up by the inimitable Dr. Limbo at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.The ever-popular pie contest takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday in the judging canopy next to the picnic shelter. Everyone is encouraged to enter. Categories include fruit, cream and exotic. For further information call Marti Bauer at 963-3832. The cake contest is at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The categories are cakes, exotic and tortes. For more information call the CMC cake judging crew at 963-2172. New this year is the 1st annual Virgin Unadulterated Mountain Fair Porcupine Loop Mountain Bike Race. This casual, nonjudgmental moderate bike race is set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 26. Beginners and veteran bicyclists welcome. Entry is $25. Volunteers are also needed, contact Dru Handy at 379-3436.The 24th annual footrace from Basalt to the Mountain Fair starts at the Basalt 7-Eleven at 8 a.m. Saturday. Race day registration is at 7:15 a.m. The 16-mile race is organized by Bruce Gabow, 927-4135.Volunteers are needed for T-shirt and pop sales, traffic & trash control, peace patrol, raffle ticket sales, ambassadors, set-up and break-down, etc. Volunteers who work a four hours receive the coveted Friend-of-Fair T-shirt. Contact the Mountain Fair office at 963-1680 or stop by the office at 645 Main St. Carbondale.

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