Steamboat Springs Mr. Rogers has nothing on the folks in Fairview.
The neighborhood at the base of Emerald Mountain gets to know its neighbors at its annual Fairview Fiesta, held on the Sunday before school starts every August.
Word spreads about the progressive potluck via makeshift posters, with volunteers coordinating stops, meals and activities to ensure no one doubles up on baked beans. Come the big day, neighbors decorate the mariachi-blaring Fiesta Wagon, load it with a traveling food table, and then parade from home to home by foot, bike, scooter, skateboard, army truck and even an electric cooler on wheels.
“It’s a pretty fun event,” says co-ringleader Noreen Moore. “The whole reason for it is to get the neighborhood together to get to know one another better. It’s a great testament to the type of people who live here.”
Festivities include “awards, announcements and dissertations,” as well as food, libations, pony rides, piñatas, children’s games and campfire stories with dessert.
Each year has a theme — last year’s was “Smell Something New in Fairview” — and the gathering also offers a chance to poke fun at town issues and discuss neighborhood ones. Last year’s topics included road paving, the building of a communal disc golf course and hosting a Fairview Speakers Series.
The event also anointed a Fairview Fiesta Queen, gave out a Premier Citizen Award (for “fostering a positive public image of the Fairview community”) and held a contest for Best Fairview Animal Story.
Look closely at the bottom of the flyer and you’ll also see a slew of reasons why motions are circulating to turn Fairview into a “gated community” for its back-door access to a world-class ski facility, having its own beer distributorship, dearth of foreclosures, unique fart aroma by the 13th Street Bridge, and squatters’ rights to their own pharmacological mood determinant, the Lithia Spring.
“Everyone gets pretty involved in the party,” adds Moore. “It gives everyone a chance to showcase their own part of the neighborhood.”