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Carbondale salutes the spud

Aspen Times Staff

With all due respect to lacy lettuces, smelly asparagus and earthy scallions, good summer eating really starts when new potatoes are served at the dinner table. (G.L. Booker/Kansas City Star/KRT)

Carbondale’s annual salute to the spud returns Saturday with an array of tributes to the tuber that once dominated midvalley agriculture.A tradition since 1909, Potato Day has long been an excuse to hold a community barbecue and parade.The action starts with an 8 a.m. farmers market in Sopris Park, and 8:30 a.m. Tater/Fossil Trot 5K and one-mile run/walk, starting from the Hendrick Park soccer field.The Potato Day parade, on Carbondale’s Main Street, begins at 10:30 a.m. Look for Roaring Fork High School homecoming floats, along with the event’s king and queen, in the procession. (Roaring Fork hosts Gunnison for the big game tonight at 7 p.m.)Then, head over to Sopris Park for music from the Jimmy Dykann Band and the noon barbecue, featuring slow-roasted, seasoned beef, which the chefs for this feast will begin cooking over hot coals in a covered pit tonight. There will, of course, be baked potatoes along with assorted fixin’s. The Bareback Bonanza begins at 3 p.m. in the Gus Darien Arena (registration starts at 2 p.m.)Also going on Saturday, the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities will celebrate another bit of the area’s heritage – blacksmithing – with demonstrations in the park, beginning at 11 a.m. Strike the Hammer, a monthlong exhibit on blacksmithing, opens tonight at the CCAH Gallery, 645 Main St.Finally, the Mt. Sopris Historical Society will host an open house and ice cream social from 1-3 p.m. Saturday to show off its efforts to date in establishing a museum in the old Thompson cabin, at 499 Weant Blvd.