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It’s ‘tater time Saturday in Eagle

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Special to the DailyThe couch potato race returns to the Potatopalooza event in Eagle Saturday at noon.

EAGLE, Colorado – Potatopalooza – the quirky, family-friendly street festival named to honor Eagle’s agricultural past – is back this weekend.

Organizer Erin Seabury notes the festival features food, beer and fun along Eagle’s picturesque main street.

“I took a different tact this year. First of all, I bumped it up a month,” said Seabury. Previously Potatopalooza has been celebrated in September.

And for 2010, the event’s music will be performed by local bands in recognition of all they do to support causes in the valley. “All of the musicians are good community people and they give back to the community, and I thought we should honor them,” Seabury said.

The band schedule starts with Hardscrabble at 12:30 p.m. Bluzilla plays at 2:30 p.m., The Sess (with Cristian Basso) at 4:45 p.m. Headline band Bonfire will play at 7 p.m.

“Bonfire played at a ShowDown Town concert last summer and they may have had one of the biggest crowds there,” said Seabury. “The music will all be great and it is all free.”

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But even before the music starts, the Potatopalooza fun gets under way.

“I think Potatopalooza has a real good locals feel to it, with people bringing their kids and their dogs downtown. I love that aspect of the celebration,” said Seabury.

Broadway will be closed between Broadway Bistro and Fourth Street – making space for almost two blocks of food, music and fun. A beer garden, Potato Vodka Tent and Mountain Lutheran Kids Zone will complement four food vendors, contests and local bands.

At noon, the Dusty Boot Couch Potato Race will get things fired up. Next, the Eagle Ranch Potato Car Derby rolls at 2 p.m. A Street Swell Long Board Demo will happen at 4 p.m.