Merry Pranksters and Fat Heads guests of honor at this year’s fair
CARBONDALE – This year, the entire Carbondale community is responsible for bringing the 36th annual Mountain Fair theme, “Puppet Re-Evolution, All The Fair’s A Stage,” to life.Through dedicated volunteers Soozie Lindbloom, Terril Scott and Skye-Laurel Riggs, and others who have spent the last several months preparing the puppets, dozens of volunteers will don papier-mâché masks and larger-than-life beings during the fair.
The idea is to entertain, educate, inspire and engage the Mountain Fair community.Five large puppets, up to 15-feet tall, will represent the essential elements of life: fire, air, water, earth and spirit. Other puppets floating around the fair will represent different aspects of society. The Merry Pranksters and the Fat Heads, two groups of about five to seven people, will be staple characters in the Mountain Fair cast.”The Merry Pranksters are the cheerleaders of the re-evolution. They bring joy, inspiration, goofiness and creativity to the crowd. They are there to help people remember what this is all about,” said Lindbloom, who will be wearing several different puppets during the fair.
“The Fat Heads are kind of the ones with all the bad ideas, they poke fun at our foolish ways,” she said. “They are clowns; they’re there to keep people in check, like the wise fool.”The puppet people will be present throughout the fair with special performances from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. and from 6:15-7:15 p.m. today; 1 to 2:15 p.m. and 5-6:15 p.m. Saturday; and again from 1:30-2 p.m. Sunday.Today at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 11:30 a.m., creative spirit Melissa Elzey and a cast of about 40 local characters perform a puppet play titled, “The Sun Castle” at the Oasis.
The Oasis will be a bustle of activity throughout Mountain Fair. This year, performer Jammin’ Jim Pomey is overseeing the family-friendly venue. The Oasis will feature dancing demonstrations and instruction. A highlight will be the B-Boy Breakdance Crew, the Rhythm Renegades.The goal in the Oasis is to get people involved as performers, not just spectators. This year there will be two talent shows. The kids talent show will be 6:15-6:45 p.m. Saturday, and an all-ages talent show is 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday.Visit the volunteer booth at Mountain Fair or call at 963-1680 to volunteer and be part of the magic.
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