Potato Days

By Danyelle Carlson, Executive Assistant

Potato Day is the longest-running annual community event in Carbondale, celebrating the simple and versatile tuber that helped stabilize the community’s economy after the silver bust at the turn of the century. Local farming and ranching families have kept the tradition alive since 1909, and the event continues thanks to the Xi Gamma Tau service sorority. All earnings from the event are distributed to local nonprofit organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley.

According to the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, this year’s theme is Harry Potter and the Magic Potato: celebrating 109 years of Potato Days and 20 years of Harry Potter. There will be a parade down Main Street starting at 10:30 am, followed by a barbecue, farmer’s market, live music and activities for the kids in Sopris Park in downtown Carbondale. And don’t miss the famous cowboy coffee from the cauldron! Potato Day is a great time to see friends and celebrate the harvest.

To be a vendor or volunteer at the event email carbondalepotatodays@gmail.com.