LETTER: Mountain Fair a 42-year tradition | PostIndependent.com

LETTER: Mountain Fair a 42-year tradition

Every year I look forward to the last weekend in July when the community of Carbondale and surrounding areas get together for three days to share in art, music and innovative new ideas. Each year hundreds, if not thousands, of people get together and enjoy an environment of positive creativity.

My parents have been taking me to Mountain Fair since before I was 1 year old, and I know that many others look forward to going to a fair focused on art, creativity and community. Attending Mountain Fair makes everyone have a feeling of belonging. Needless to say, I, like many others, was distressed to read the front page article about a community member complaining about the noise that is created by Mountain Fair. I find it shameful that a small group of people could ruin something so special and traditional to the masses.

These fairs are a defining characteristic of the community that we live in. I am proud to be a part of a community where arts and creativity are encouraged and celebrated. I am increasingly distressed by the selfishness of some people to try and ruin an event that has been going on for 42 years. I am upset that some people insist on bringing negativity to such an uplifting community event.

To be fair, I would like to point out that I myself live right across from the park that hosts Strawberry Days every June; therefore I understand that, yes, there is music for three days and constant noise. However, I think that people should rejoice in the fact that we live in such a wonderful town where people get together and celebrate the arts.

It is not like these fairs appear out of the blue. If the noise is such a problem, there are so many other solutions than going to City Council and complaining about the noise. Go to a friend’s house, book a vacation, buy some ear plugs, and by all means, please, join in the festivities. My question is, are you really that self-centered that you are willing to complain and ruin a tradition that is 42 years old? I sincerely hope not. I believe that we are a better valley than this.

Mary Johnson

Glenwood Springs

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