Get ready for a circus of a Mountain Fair |

Get ready for a circus of a Mountain Fair

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CARBONDALE – In its 35th year, the Carbondale Mountain Fair brings arts, music and community together July 28-30 for a memorable experience benefiting the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities.This year, the fair features the Wise Fool Circus, a Santa Fe, N.M.-based troupe performing aerial routines mixed with puppetry and stilts Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30, in the early afternoon.

Mountain Fair, is known for its competitions, also hosts a variety of activities from pie baking and wood splitting to horseshoes and limbo. Don’t miss the women’s wood-splitting championships at 6 p.m. Saturday for creative costumes and strong women. The pie- and cake-baking contests award contestants for the “Most Exotic” as well as “Best Cream Pie” and “Best Torte.” Stroll by the judging canopy to check out the judge’s outfits. The fair also produces 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.

This year, The Oasis features 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 Dr. Banjo, Pete Wernick and Flexigrass (from New Orleans), Juice (fresh from Rocky Grass), Crooked Still, New Mexico’s Latin Nosotros and local favorites Frank Martin and Steve Skinner.

Saturday night offers Mardi Gras flavor with beads and music – fairgoers are encouraged to wear costumes. Carbondale fireman will collect money for Carbondale’s sister city, Pearlington, Miss., which was devastated in Hurricane Katrina. The night continues with a special Sweet Sunny South show at the Thunder River Theater in Carbondale. Sweet Sunny South was selected to perform at the International Bluegrass Music Association Conference and recently performed at Telluride Nightgrass, the late-night portion of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Tickets are on sale at Sounds Easy in Carbondale or by calling CCAH at 963-1680. Various bands, including Locals Choice Best Band winner SoulFeel, are on tap in downtown Carbondale after the music in the park Friday and Saturday.For more information on Mountain Fair events, see or call 963-1680.

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