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111th Annual Potato Day Celebration

October 3, 2020

Carbondale’s 111th Annual Potato Day Celebration
“Spuds and Suffragists – Women Voting Proudly for 100 Years”

October 3, 2020

Potato Day is Carbondale, Colorado’s traditional agricultural community celebration of this life sustaining tuber. Potato Day is the longest running annual community event in Carbondale! Since 1909, local farming and ranching families have kept the tradition alive. Historically events included a parade, a community BBQ, with pit cooked meat and potatoes in the park, Cowboy Coffee cauldron,  live music, and an end of the season farmer’s market.  Past Potato Day in a pre-Covid-19 world had kids’ activities in Sopris Park in downtown Carbondale and a bareback bonanza and gymkhana at the Gus Darien Rodeo Grounds. Because things are a little different this year, Potato Day will be different too, but still just as fun!  Please join in Carbondale’s longest running community celebration.    

There will be lots of ways to participate both virtually and in-person.

111th Carbondale Potato Day Events:

Historic Women of Carbondale – an audio production by the Carbondale Historical Society, in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Listen to the life stories of some of Carbondale’s most influential women from past to present. Excerpts featured on KDNK’s Express Yourself, 4pm every Friday through Oct. 2. Full stories will be uploaded to www.carbondalehistory.org

Farmer’s Market This in-person event will be a traditional farmers market with produce from harvest and cottage industry foods at 529 Main Street Park on Saturday, October 3, from 10 am to 3 pm. There will be a pre-registration process for a time slot and limited number of participants at one time due to Codiv-19 rules.  Drop-in visitors to the farmers market will be allowed if there is space available within the venue in accordance with group size limits and the public health order at that time. To register for a time slot for the Farmers’ Market please visit www.carbondalerec.com or call 970.510.1290.  The direct link to the reservation page is here. https://carbondalerec.activityreg.com/selectactivity_t2.wcs  

Reservations will be available for registration beginning Friday, September 18.  Reservations will be available in 30 minute increments beginning at 10am with the last slot at 2:30pm for up to 50 people per time slot.

  • Produce and cottage food vendors will include Wild Mt. Seeds, Shepard’s Bread, Erin’s Acres, Highwater Farm, Growing Tall LLC, Juno Farms, Sopris Farms, ACES Rock Bottom Ranch, Ed Colby Honey
  • Potato giveaways provided by the Potato Day Committee. Register for the early time slots to get your hands on locally produced potato chips donated by Homestead Restaurant, or choose a sack of potatoes grown by Sustainable Settings and be a true locavore.
  • KDNK-CD and Record Sale Booth
  • Carbondale Historical Society Booth. Brush up on Carbondale and Potato Day History and the significance of the passage of the 19th amendment 100 years ago.
  • Non-partisan Voter Registration Information Booth.

Virtual contests with $100 Carbondale Chamber Gift Certificates as prizes for each category and $25 for the youth contest include the following:

  • Potato Decorating Contest (runs  Sept 14th through October 1st)

Submit a photo of a decorated spud that matches the following prize categories:

  1. Best Historical Female Figure
  2. Best Hollywood Actress
  3. Most Representative of Carbondale Colorado
  4. Most Creative
  5. Kids category for 12 and under potato artists

Decorated or carved potato photos can be submitted on the Carbondale Annual Potato Day facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CarbondaleAnnualPotatoDay or on the Potato Day Instagram #CarbondalePotatoDay2020

  • Suffragette City by David Bowie Video Dance Contest (runs Sept 14- October 1st)

Get your dancing shoes on and produce a home video to Bowie’s classic tune.  Bonus points if you incorporate the potato in some manner. Video submission will be accepted at the Potato Day Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/CarbondaleAnnualPotatoDay or as an instagram story at #CarbondalePotatoDay2020

  • The Golden Potato Harvest Hunt A fun event for kids that will be held the day of Potato Day on Saturday October 3, 2020.  For kids 12 and under, from the same household group, this will be a historical harvest hunt to put together all of the pieces and parts of Mrs. Potato Head to win the fabled Golden Potato Trophy. This trophy usually serves as the prize for the parade winners, but this year it will go to the kids who solve the clues to find all of the pieces to their potato first. This hunt is limited to 10 household groups and pre-registration is required on a first come first served basis.   To register as a team for the Golden Potato Harvest Hunt please visit carbondalerec.com  The direct link to the reservation page is here. https://carbondalerec.activityreg.com/selectactivity_t2.wcs   
  1. The first clue will be given out by Mrs. Potato Head herself at the Farmers Market at 529 Main Street at 10:30 am.  Come and find her to receive the first clue and your Mrs. Potato Head without her arms, legs, eyes, nose or lips.  
  2. There will be 6 clues total so when you solve each clue you will find one of Mrs. Potato Heads body parts, and the next clue. Repeat this process as quick as you can and the final clue will lead you to final body part to complete Mr. Potato Head.
  3. The first team to bring their completed potato back to the Real Mr. Potato Head will be declared the winners.  Winners will get their names engraved on the Potato Day Trophy for time eternal and receive a Carbondale Chamber Gift Certificate for $50.00

Potato Day is produced by the Potato Day Committee consisting of The Carbondale Historical Society, The Town of Carbondale Parks & Recreation Department, The Sopris Sun, The Carbondale Branch Library and volunteer Kate Schwerin. If you are interested in volunteering for the day of the event, or potato sack stuffing get a hold of Sue Gray at info@carbondalehistory.org or 970-414-1078.

Hopefully next year we can celebrate some of the traditional Carbondale Potato Day events as we have in the past, with everyone participating in the Town’s largest parade,  with each other in our Town  park at a communal meal, and all in the name of celebrating a great vegetable, the potato.

For more information contact either the Carbondale Historical Society  info@carbondalehistory.org or 970-414-1078 or the Carbondale Recreation & Community Center front desk or go to the website. 970-510-1290  www.carbondalerec.com



October 3, 2020


Main Street and Sopris Park
Carbondale, CO 81623 United States