After a group of concerned citizens successfully lobbied to end the spraying of herbicide on its parks and playgrounds, the Town of Carbondale elected to adopt the dandelion as its official Town Flower. Now we celebrate their springtime arrival every year with a festival of sustainability.
WHO ARE WE?
Members of the Town of Carbondale Environmental Board and many citizen volunteers combine efforts to produce the annual Dandelion Day festival.
The Environmental Board is a group of appointed citizens who meet each month to discuss issues regarding the environmental health of the community. They make recommendations to the Carbondale Town Council regarding the adoption of statutes and regulations that improve and maintain the quality of our environment and promote sustainable practices.
The Environmental Board meets every fourth Monday of the month at Town Hall.
IT'S EASY BEING GREEN
Thanks in part to the Carbondale Green Team*, Dandelion Day is a GREEN event, meaning the food vendors are required to use compostable and recyclable servingware, trash is sorted on site, reusable shopping bags are encouraged and every effort is made to reduce waste going to the landfill.
*The Green Team is a group of volunteers from the community and the Carbondale Environmental Board. Contact us if you would like to be part of this essential team.
To learn how to become a sponsor, click on the "How to Help" button at the top of the page.
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3:00pm - Garden Tour: See two of Carbondale's school gardens: Roaring Fork High School and Colorado Rocky Mountain School. Ride your bike or drive, and meet at the RFHS growing dome at 3pm.
5:30pm - Eco-Film at the Crystal Theater: "Bringing It Home" about the sustainable HEMP industry. $5.00 suggested donation
Friday and Saturday evening at Town Restaurant, enjoy special dishes featuring dandelion greens
Saturday in Sopris Park
9:00 Yoga with True Nature Healing Arts
9:00 The Learning Tent
Workshop: Gardening 101 by Fred Pulver Info for beginning gardeners
9:00 River Cleanup
There will be prizes for unusual and most trash collected. Meet east of the bandstand.
Sponsored by Trout Unlimited, Alpine Angling and Crystal Fly Shop
9:00-2:00 Compost Judging
Bring your samples to the Compost Booth -Awards for the healthiest compost!
9:00-2:00 Compost Raffle
Buy a ticket at Merrill's Family Farm booth for a chance to win great prizes.
10:00 Parade of the Species
Gather at Main and 2nd Street at 9:45am
Dress as your favorite species, real or imaginary. Bicycles, tricycles, unicycles, wagons, carts, and animals welcome.
NO MOTOR VEHICLES!
African Dancing and Drummers in front of the stage
10:00-4:00 Free Light Bulb Recycling
Bring your used fluorescent, incandescent and halogen bulbs to the Bright Ideas booth. Batteries also!
10:30 Opening Ceremony
Order Of The Dandelion Award
Mayor's proclamation on Arbor Day
10:45 Beer Garden opens
10:45 Tree Planting demonstration in Sopris Park, by the Carbondale Tree Board. Memorial tree planting for Marge Vermeyen.
11:00-12:30 Songwriter's Showcase Songwriters and musicians are invited to play their original Dandelion Day theme songs on stage in Sopris Park. To sign up, see Songwriter's Showcase page.
11:00-1:00 Seed and Plant Swap
Bring your extra seeds, bulbs and plant
starts to the CRMPI booth to swap with friends and neighbors.
11:00 The Learning Tent
Workshop: Natural Skin Care by Morgan Reeser. Learn what to put on the inside and outside of your body to maintain beautiful healthy skin.
11:00 - 2:00 CCAH Kids Art Tent
Paint a flowerpot or make a card for Mother’s Day. It's FREE!
12:00 The Learning Tent
Workshop: Build A Raised Garden Bed with Scott Levine of Permascapes Unlimited Actual bed building demonstration at a site nearby. Meet at the Learning Tent.
12:30 - 1:00 Music Together with Annie Flynn. All kids welcome to join in a music making lesson on Sopris Stage
1:00 The Learning Tent
Workshop: Using Medicinal Plants by Stephanie Syson of Dynamic Roots How to feel better naturally
1-5pm Music - JAS Band Battle
2:00 The Learning Tent
Workshop: Brewing Local Beer by Chase Engel of Roaring Fork Beer Company Small brewery and home-brewing methods.
2:30 Smokey Bear presentation
at the Forest Service Booth
3:00 The Learning Tent
Workshop: Raising Composting Worms by Montrose Worm Farm Why you need to raise worms for your garden, and how to do it
4:00 The Learning Tent
Workshop: Hybrids, Heirlooms and GMOs by Fred Pulver Learn the differences in vegetable seed and why it matters
5:00 Booths close. Beer Garden stays open until the beer runs out. Community music jam - bring your instruments and make music together in the park!