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Potato Day Event Lineup
Potato Day Event Poster

Contact:

Sue Gray | Carbondale Historical Society
970-618-1849
info@CarbondaleHistory.org

113th Annual Potato Day Event Lineup Announced
Marble Mash Celebration Held in Sopris Park, Carbondale
Pre-Event Contest Starts this Week

Carbondale, CO - Carbondale’s longest running tradition, Potato Day, will enjoy its 113th celebration the weekend of September 30 – October 1, 2022. To kick off the weekend, the Potato Day Committee is bringing back the historical community dance. On Friday night, September 30th, a Community Contra Dance will take place at the Third Street Center from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Potato Day will be on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at Sopris Park and multiple locations in downtown Carbondale. Events include a Carbondale Rotary Club pancake breakfast, The Ross Montessori School’s “Tater Trot” fun run, a parade, on-line and day of contests, a community barbeque, live music, Cowboy Coffee, an end-of-season harvest Farmers’ and Artisans Market and a Youth Gymkhana at the rodeo grounds.

The 2022 Potato Day theme, "Marble Mash," is in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial. In the late 1870s, George Yule was prospecting for gold and silver in the Ragged Mountain Range when he came upon a vein of pure white marble. The Town of Marble was founded by William Parry and William Woods in 1881. Colonel Channing Meek established the Colorado Yule Marble Company in 1905 and built the largest marble finishing mill in the world. Yule marble was chosen for the Lincoln Memorial and the CYM Company was awarded the one-million-dollar contract in 1914. 1800 stones weighing 15 to 30 tons each were used to create the 36 columns, each 46 ft. high and 7 ft. in diameter. The 36 columns of Colorado marble represented the number of states in the Union at the time of Lincoln’s death in 1865. It took 600 train cars to transport the finished marble to the nation’s capital.

The Lincoln Memorial was built to honor the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the building is neo-classical Greek in style and contains a large, seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln. The memorial was officially dedicated in May 1922.

Potato Day is produced by the Potato Day Committee, comprised of: The Carbondale Historical Society, The Town of Carbondale Parks & Recreation Department, The Sopris Sun, KDNK Community Radio, Ross Montessori School and The Carbondale Rotary Club.

To volunteer in the potato and corn wrapping party before the event or on Potato Day, email or call Sue Gray at info@carbondalehistory.org or 970-618-1849.

For more information, contact the Carbondale Historical Society at info@carbondalehistory.org or 970-618-1849 or Carbondale Recreation & Community Center at 970-510-1290 or www.carbondalerec.com.

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