Cold yellow beer, tasty yellow food on tap for Dandelion Days festival
As suburban homeowners everywhere break out the herbicides to attack dandelions, Carbondale is throwing a party to celebrate the so-called weed.
People will be able to eat dandelion dishes, drink dandelion brew and even watch human-size dandelions dance Saturday at the fourth annual Dandelion Days.
The celebration starts at 8 a.m. with a flea market in Sopris Park. A variety of vendors will also be set up for the event.
Having fun isn’t the only goal of the unusual festival. The town’s Environment Board will also provide information about why the dandelion isn’t such an evil plant. They will also offer tips on alternatives ways that people can free their yards of the yellow flower, if they must.
A beer booth featuring Carbondale’s own Dandelion Ale, brewed by Doc Philip, and other brews will be located on the patio of Claviere’s, a restaurant kitty-corner from Sopris Park. The booth will open between 9 and 10 a.m. – whenever Doc gets around to it.
A parade down Main Street will start at 11 a.m. At various times during the day there will be events like the Dandelion Bake-Off judging and the Slow Bike Race, with the goal of going as slow as possible without tipping over. Slowest rider wins. The race will begin at 2 or 3 p.m., according to festival organizer Soozie Friedman.
She said starting times of many of the events are a little fuzzy. She said she was told the events will happen when people feel like it.
“I’ve never actually been to a Dandelion Day,” she said. “I’m new to town and kind of got sucked into it.”
As with most Carbondale events, good music will flow from the band shell at Sopris Park. The Hell Roaring String Band will play bluegrass. Matt Johnson and Boneyard will be playing original material and killer covers, and the Mountain Gypsy Belly Dance Tribe will wow the crowd, according to Friedman.
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