Photos by Igor Gevonshyr Prokhorko
Carbondale Mountain Fair 2017
A late afternoon thunderstorm rolling through the valley could not stop the masses from arriving at Carbondale’s 46th annual Mountain Fair. The fair, which began Friday evening July 28th and went through Sunday July 30th, hosted a bevy of art vendors from near and far. The rain was no match for the energy created by the variety of food and libations.
Stepping through the Exit sign, we unfortunately missed the ID tent and had hiccup on our fast track to acquire a delicious New Belgium Flip IPA. Despite the trying circumstances, it did give us a moment to peruse the different art vendors. However, the eye catching art and hand crafted jewelry was overshadowed by the bonsai tree tent. Speak no more. As budding adults, our taste in craft fairs has been experiencing a slow shift to more aesthetically pleasing goods. I watched as my friend locked eyes with a little bonsai and I could tell that 39 dollars later she would leave with one more piece for her not quite home, apartment.
As I wandered through the vendors I was struck by the art of Susan Elliot and would have walked away with a new painting had it not been for my looming rent check that is due shortly. Needless to say, the artists at Mountain Fair had much to offer for the unique taste of each event goer.
If bonsais and unattainable art wasn’t enough, we treated ourselves to infused goat cheese, shrimp tacos and crispy funnel cake provided by local purveyors; all consumed while the ever-entertaining melodies of local bands performed.
Our attention was pulled from the band when a man dressed as an elephant meandered by. He danced with the sounds of the beat and showed off his tin can trunk while we played along. The elephant moved on after realizing we were not that interesting of a group.
As the sun set and we made for the car, we left feeling happy with full bellies and a bit of a buzz. The energy was high and the bands were getting going as night crept into Carbondale.
Photos by Jillian Livingston