All's Fair

The Capitol Hill People's Fair customarily kicks off the summer at Civic Center Park, making it one of those tried-and-true traditions that you almost don't want to see change. You go for the walloping local entertainment roster on multiple stages and the quality craft vendors; you bring the kids so they can get lost in the jumping-castle, pony-ride and bungee-trampoline paradise in the Comcast Kids Corral, and you bring your appetite for the fair food and wine pavilion. And that doesn't even begin to address all the sideshows, from mural-making and scooter-raffling to a passport-themed scavenger hunt and the chance to roll around in a giant hamster ball.

But if there's anything different about this year's fair, it would be the decision by Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods to up its recycling efforts by launching a composting program for those mountains of People's Fair trash.

"We're working hard to educate vendors and attendees on sustainable living," notes spokeswoman Andrea Furness, so in cooperation with the Green Up Denver program, whose festival members also include the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Pride Fest and the Denver County Fair, the summer's first fest will utilize hundreds of volunteers in the effort (visit the website to sign up). And then there's the layout, which has had to shift this year while renovations to the park continue. "It was a challenge, but we were creative with the layout," Furness promises, adding that two stages will be set up this year across the street in Lincoln Park.

Visit the People's Fair from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow; admission is free. For details, visit
June 2-3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., 2012

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