The 42nd Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair
July 26, 27 & 28, 2013
Carbondale is an “arts” town, and is a central hub of arts activity in the Roaring Fork Valley from Aspen to Rifle. In 2012, we were the recipients of the Governor’s Art Award for our commitment to arts and creativity. Our Mountain Fair celebrates art in all forms of expression, and is known for a diverse range of arts and crafts, non-stop entertainment, great food and an amazing spirit. A “Family Area” includes interactive, creative experiences for children, and friendly competitions run the gamut from cake baking to wood splitting. This year Roland McCook, Chief of the Northern Utes, will competitions. This year Roland McCook, Chief of the Northern Utes, will bring glimpses of his culture to the fair. There will be traditional Ute teepee set up on the fairgrounds as well as traditional dancing and drumming. Over 300 volunteers come together to make this one of the most popular and unique fairs in Colorado, and admission is FREE.
Mountain Fair Vendors Please Scroll to the bottom of the page to access forms & maps
Entertainment Line Up
Friday, July 26th
Featuring local artists Josh Phillips and Ananda Bank.
Daughter of another famous Nelson musician, she drew early influences from singers like Jesse Colter and Rita Coolidge, whose bluesy, supple vocal style provided one of Paula’s earliest templates as she found her own voice. Texas Monthly has called that voice “torchy,” and the Los Angeles Times praised, “There’s no missing the unforced power of Paula’s singing.” Check her out!
Saturday, July 27th
Lipbone Redding has traveled the world with his guitar, nightly sharing music and tales with audiences for the past 15 years. He weaves funky rhythms, catchy original songs, brash humor, soulful singing, and inventive guitar playing with exotic and percussive vocal sounds such as throat singing, bass and beat-boxing, and his astonishingly realistic lip-tromboning. The result is an experience that is hypnotic, groovy and, for a solo artist without the aid of electronic efx, amazingly complete. Check him out!
Central elements of the Shook Twins sound are a wide range of instrumentation, including banjo, guitar, upright bass, mandolin, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, djembe and their signature golden egg. Beautiful twin harmonies, layered upon acoustic instrumentation coupled with Laurie’s inventive use of a looping machine, and Katelyn’s repurposed telephone microphone ,set their sound apart, creating an eclectic and eccentric blend of folk, roots, pop and fun. Check them out!
A 5 piece band playing an energetic mix of funk, soul and anything that grooves. Influences include James Brown and P-Funk. Get ready for a strong Saturday night Mountain Fair danceathon! Check them out!
Paa Kow is an internationally renowned drum set player, band leader, composer, & teacher of music. He has shared the stage with many African greats: Amakye Dede, Nat Brew, Hugh Masekela, & Vusi Mahlasela, as well as American greats Victor Wooten, Brad Goode, John Gunther, & Michael Kang. Paa Kow grew up in a small village called Enyan Denkyira in Ghana, West Africa. He is widely recognized as one of the most remarkable drum set players to tour Africa, Europe, & America. Paa Kow displays a unique ability to speak to listeners with his drums in a deeply spiritual conversation. His songs are captivating & danceable. Check them out!
Sunday, July 28th
Local gals rock and roll!
“To find a singer like Channthy,” said Poulsen, “is like discovering a young Etta James or Nina Simone. She’s really the barefoot Cambodian diva of the rice fields.” The band is rock and roll with Cambodian rhythm and riffs. Cambodian Space Project’s newest album includes famous songs from Cambodian singers who were killed by the Khmer Rouge in the 70s “I never go to school. Not easy for me write song,” Channthy said. “I go outside Cambodia not easy for me some time. Hard for visa. Some time hard for money, some time for food too.” In the past five years Cambodian Space Project has toured throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, and even at the South By South West festival in Austin, Texas. Check them out!
Originally hailing from Colombia, La Sonora Dinamitas is famous for its mix of cumbia and traditional Latin music. Now based in California this will be the ultimate merging of cultures on the dance floor as this big band belts it out. Check them out!
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is an eightpiece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage. She is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of seven men who masterfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. While each of the Birds are capable of lighting up the stage with jaw-dropping displays of musicianship, it’s clear they’re focused on delivering the band’s infectious music as a single entity. Simply put, the band’s live show is explosive. Check them out!
Mountain Fair Vendors
Mountain Fair is no longer accepting vendor applications as all 2013 application deadlines have now passed. Applications for next year’s Mountain Fair will be available at the website by January 2014.
Vendor Forms & Maps
For the Mountain Fair Zero Waste Food Vendor Guidelines click here Zero-Waste-Program.doc
For the Food Vendor Health Reg form click here Food-Vendor-Health-Reg-Form
For the Sopris Park Vendor Map click here Map-13
For the CCAH Valley Artists’ Gallery application click here Valley Artists’ Gallery App
Important Dates & Deadlines:
Arts and Craft Vendor Application Deadline – March 1, 2013-DUE DATE HAS PASSED
Arts & Crafts Vendor Acceptance Notification- April 5, 2013- DATE HAS PASSED
Food Vendor Application Deadline- April 5th, 2013-DUE DATE HAS PASSED
CCAH Valley Artists’ Booth Application Deadline- DUE DATE HAS PASSED
Cancellation Deadline- full refund – May 24, 2013
Final Notification- June 3, 2013
Cancellation Deadline- partial refund – June 21, 2013
For any Mountain Fair Questions please contact the Mountain Fair Vendor Liason at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970.319.3555
2013 Mountain Fair Poster Contest
The Carbondale Mountain Fair is seeking art submissions for the 2013 Carbondale Mountain Fair. The winner will not only see their design printed on hundreds of t-shirts and posters, but will also win $500. Submissions can be created by hand or computer, though we prefer by hand, and can be any size. However, the winning design will be digitized and made to fit a t-shirt and 11×17 posters. Design entries are due April 15 and must reflect the 2013 Mountain Fair theme which is based on Chief Seattle’s quote, “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it.” This year, the Utes will be represented at Mountain Fair to honor their history in the valley. Please include your contact information on the back of artwork and deliver or mail to the CCAH Offices at 520 Third Street, Carbondale, CO 81623.