Mountain Fair reels in some fun, tradition |

Mountain Fair reels in some fun, tradition

Sean Johnson
Post Independent Intern
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A fair like any other is certainly not the case for the Carbondale Mountain Fair. Unique activities and booths make this annual event fun for the whole family.

Traditional favorites were on hand such as Mr. Lemonade, flavored nuts, arts and crafts booths and much more.

While tradition is part of any fair, one Latino family helped kick-off day two in their car by welcoming in a new member to their clan. At 7:03 a.m. a baby boy was born in the family’s vehicle before the paramedics could arrive. The new little boy is healthy, and now very popular due to the odd delivery.

Activities filled the day from old-fashioned family games, an adult limbo contest and much more. There was certainly something to do for everyone.

One such activity to get people involved in was the annual fly casting competition. Tony Fotopolis ran the event while explaining to the participants the object of the competition. The overall goal was to cast a tiny ball of yarn attached to the end of the line into a hoop, where a miniature fish tank with a plastic rainbow trout waited. Each participant got three tries at making the ball of yarn land inside the hoop.

Tony, or “Gill Finn” as he refers to his alternative personality, measures the distance to the yarn from the trouts mouth – the top three distances won the competition.

There were two different lengths where people could stand and cast. The farther line was for adults, and the closer line was for everyone else.

“Kids and wimpy adults cast from the closer line,” Fotopolis said. “I get to haze and harass you over the speaker system if your a wimpy adult.”

Along with quirky antics from Fotopolis, a group of women made up the “Carbondale Cutthroats”. The women arranged their mountain shaped hats on their heads, pulled out their kazoos and played for the participants, mostly to distract them and make the game more challenging.

During a break they got viewers to cheer with them. Eventually they spelling out fish with their bodies.

Third place winner, and Carbondale resident, Nate Biro, is constantly fly fishing and was excited to be able to participate because the last two years he was unable to.

“If I’m not working, I’m fishing,” Biro said.

Missing the competition was unacceptable with how much he fishes Biro said. “I have to prove my wiles.”

Biro walked away with a hat decorated with fly fishing gear. He was happy he placed simply because he does fish constantly, “In that moment on the stream I think about nothing else except that fish,” Biro said. “It’s an escape.”

Another contest that brought a whole different crowd was the Pie Baking Contest. Bakers got to choose from three different categories: Cream, fruit and exotic.

Before selling the pies, judges had the opportunity to critique each pie based upon appearance, crust, texture and taste. They scored the pies on a one to ten scale, with one being the best.

C.B. Cunningham is a return judge and thinks it’s a privilege to participate.

“Usually someone has to die or you have to be asked,” Cunningham said while laughing. “Its amazing the kind of pies that people bring.”

Today brings an end to the fair but still provides fun and excitement. Music will play all day, along with more competitions and enjoyment from booths.

At 9 p.m., The Sopris Sun will provide a slide show which will give a retrospective glance at the weekend’s festivities.

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