Carbondale’s tuber tribute |

Carbondale’s tuber tribute

Carbondale’s annual salute to the spud returns today at Sopris Park.Potato Day has been a community tradition since the early 1900s, founded to celebrate what was then a significant cash crop for area farmers. The potato no longer dominates local agriculture, but Carbondale has kept up this tribute to the tuber, including the old-style barbecue that is a mainstay of the event.Seasoned beef is slow-cooked in a fire pit and served up with, of course, baked potatoes and other fixin’s.A farmers market at 8 a.m. at Sopris Park kicks off the festivities. Check out the Potato Day parade on Main Street at 10:30 a.m. and then head over to the park for live music from Cowboy Attitude. The Potato Bake-Off gets under way at noon and the barbecue will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets for the vittles are $8 for adults and $5 for kids.The Bareback Bonanza, a horse-riding event, starts at 3 p.m. (registration at 2 p.m.) at the Gus Darien Riding Arena on 100 Road, a mile east of town. There’ll be the cow-milking contest and famous pig race, as well, and mutton-busting for young cowpokes.Meanwhile, over at the Sopris Mountain Historical Museum, an old-timers’ open house is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Hear stories about the ol’ days in Carbondale and check out photos from past Potato Days.The museum is at the corner of Highway 133 and Weant Boulevard.

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