Mountain Fair provides a blast of summer heat and cool tunes
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Halfway through the second day, Mountain Fair was raging hard, in spite of sizzling summer heat.
“It’s going fantastic,” said fair organizer Amy Kimberly. “I think last night was the biggest Friday night we’ve seen yet, and the vibe was just incredible. It was really fun.”
Still, the dance area in front of the main stage at Sopris Park was mainly empty Saturday afternoon as patrons hunkered down under tents and wherever they could find shade. To the delight of fairgoers, volunteers with water-bottle misters strolled the grounds, spraying randomly at whoever was in range.
“I think attendance is down a little because it’s so beastly hot,” said Ro Mead, director of the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities.
“But at 6 or 7, this whole place turns into one big dance floor,” Mead said with a grin.
Added Kimberly, “I see some cloud cover coming in, so I’m hoping [it’ll cool down].”
Nevertheless, Kimberly said she was very satisfied with how Mountain Fair is going. Her favorite part of the entire fair, she said, is simply seeing the fair pull together and watching everyone have a good time.
“I work all year-round on it. The minute this fair is over, we start working on next year. Because it’s all run by volunteers, it’s really hard, especially since it grows every year. This is the icing on the cake, as they say,” Kimberly said.
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