Chinese yo-yos at 4:20? Must be time for Mountain Fair |

Chinese yo-yos at 4:20? Must be time for Mountain Fair

In case you were wondering … it’s called Mountain Fair.It’s Carbondale’s gigantic celebration of itself, its history, its people, its neighbors, the BIG mountain that towers above (that would be Sopris), and all that’s great about arts (all kinds of arts) and crafts (yeah, all kinds of that, too).The festivities began last night at 5 or so, in what was just two days ago an idyllic park in the middle of the valley’s last true small town. It’s something else as far as fairs go, because it’s a pretty special community fair. There’s no carnival attached. There aren’t any “sponsored events.” It’s a fund-raiser for the Carbondale Council for Arts and Humanities, but it’s more about the people. As one former president might put it: “It’s not about the economy, stupid; it’s about the people.”There’s multiple genres of music throughout the weekend. There’s a pie-baking contest today. There’s fly casting, wood splitting, limbo and horseshoe contests today and tomorrow. There’s a foot race from Basalt to Carbondale (the 16-mile Mount Sopris Runoff). The young’uns take the stage in the park gazebo today at 9:30 a.m. as part of the Crystal River Ballet. There’s even a Hula Hoop-making workshop.Wondering how to improve your Chinese yo-yo techniques? Be at Mountain Fair at 4:20 p.m. today.Wanna see some tough mamas and almost-as-tough papas split massive logs with only an ax and their forearms to work with? Women compete at 6 tonight, while the men compete at 4 p.m. Sunday.There’s a cake contest on Sunday. A magic show with Mysto, too. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, there’s a jam parade through the park. The live music, which is playing throughout the fair, includes Aphrodesia, who take the stage late in the afternoon, and Kan’Nai, who follow.And the cost of admission for all that? Zero, zilch, nil.See you there. Allyn Harvey

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