Back for a fifth year, the North Fork Community Fair marks the beginning of this bucolic mountain valley's festival season, and an opportunity to come together to celebrate each other and the positive actions we can take to support a healthy environment and climate, local farms and businesses, and a fun, vital community.

Hosted by the Colorado Farm & Food Alliance and The Learning Council, this year the event (formerly the Solar Fair and Permaculture Expo) is moving to Paonia Town Park. The event begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

The celebration features a full day of live music, activity and local food and craft drinks. The 2019 musical line-up includes Pure Weed, the Kebler Elves, Hard Pressed, Ky Burt, Lizzy Plotkin, the North Fork Community Band, and other special guests!

Throughout the afternoon, students from Paonia Experiential Leadership Academy will be busy painting a mural at the park shelter. Students designed the mural based on a survey of locals about what they'd like to see in a mural and what comes to mind when they think of Paonia. As a result, it will feature peonies, mountains, music, birds, trees, fruit, animals, children, and wine. 

The Drink Local Station will feature products from Paonia United Brewing, West Elk Winery Association, Big B's Hard Ciders and Organic Juices, and Remedy Juice Bar & Cafe. Food vendors include the Living Farm Cafe and Paonia Paella. Bliss Booch will be selling kombucha.

This event is a fundraiser for the Colorado Farm & Food Alliance and The Learning Council.

The North Fork Community Fair mission is to celebrate community, support local businesses and groups, and to promote clean energy, permaculture, collaborative education, climate change action, and sustainable economies. This year workshop opportunities include Basics of Permaculture, Solar in the North Fork, Kids' Climate Leadership, Drumming, and Protecting and Defending Public Lands.

Exhibitors and vendors include area nonprofit and community groups, solar energy companies and organizations, artisans, artists, crafts and face-painting, farms and nurseries, and more.

For more information, including workshop schedules, visit www.ColoradoFarmFood.org/CommunityFair19.