Educational environmental fun

Free Earth Day Fair in St. Clair County
Mel Buskirk
Copy Editor
Nations of people worldwide will be holding celebrations for the 46th annual Earth Day this Friday, April 22. Though it will be a week after Earth Day, the people of St. Clair County will have their own festivities to celebrate the planet we live on and how to conserve it. Earth Fair will be held in Goodells County Park on Friday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This free, family-friendly event will have plenty of educational exhibits, talks, and shows to attend. Shows include the “Lords of the Sky Show” which exhibit different birds of prey and their importance to the local ecosystems. Live hawks, owls, eagles, and vultures will make an appearance at the show.
Talks will be held at the Earth Fair in the Columbus Bible Church in the Historical Village every half hour. Topics for these talks include beekeeping, spinning wool, local wildflowers, learning to reduce waste, polishing Petoskey stones, and much more.
Trolley rides will take tours through the Historical Village and give fairgoers the chance to explore buildings built in the mid-1800s. The trolley will also make rounds through the parking lot, at restrooms, and at the playgrounds.
A couple of quieter attractions will also be available on site. The Butterfly House Exhibit provided by the Master Gardeners of St. Clair County allows fairgoers to walk through an enclosure surrounded by a variety of different species of butterflies. The St. Clair Conservation District will be holding a sale of evergreens, flowering trees, shrubs, hardwoods, and local wildflowers for fairgoers to purchase and plant at home.
Trees and shrubs won’t be the only thing for sale at the Earth Fair. Over 60 local vendors will have their own booths set up for fairgoers to browse their wares and services. Exhibitors from Powder Puff Pacas, Stable Dreams, and Tigerbunny Acres Farm will be bringing animals to exhibit and pet at the fair.
Food will also be available at the fair. Sweets from Michigan Candy, Inc. and Sweet Lane Fudge Factory will be sold along with other goodies from Just a Poppin, Lucky Lunch, Maria’s Tacos, and St. Clair County Farm Museum.
Since 2003, the St. Clair County Earth Fair has celebrated the local community and environment. For more information on the events of Earth Fair, the event map, or directions to Goodells County Park go to www.earthdayfair.com.

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