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Welcome to Earth Fair 2017

Thanks for stopping by to learn about Michigan’s largest Earth Day celebration! Bring your friends and family to Goodells County Park on April 28 & 29, or get there by hopping on our free shuttle. Admission, parking and activities are FREE thanks to our sponsors.

By blending together demonstrations, workshops, exhibits, artisans, and activities Earth Fair focuses on raising the level and capacity of environmental stewards to the thousands of visitors who take part in this large-scale event each year. We are passionate about creating an environment at Earth Fair that's fun for everyone; visitors from young to old learn how their actions impact our local environment and the significant role we play in the health of our economy and ecosystem. We’re inspiring and challenging citizens to find alternatives to energy, transportation, food, homes and gardens so they may create a better earth because as we all know, our environment is a direct reflection on how we live.

Your adventure into a celebration of Earth Day begins at the gate where you will be assisted with parking and given a guide to the events and activities. Children are given an Earth Fair bingo card with a chance to win one of our fabulous prizes. Don’t forget spending money because Earth Fair can be a significant source of funding for the small non-profits and local businesses. Plan on starting early for a fun-filled day at Earth Fair!

Earth Fair is a smoke-free, tobacco-free event. The use of tobacco products is not permitted on the event premises. Thank you for helping us keep the environment clean and the air safe!



NEW THIS YEAR! Green Guardian Awards
Please visit our Green Guardian Award page
to meet our four inaugural award winners.

 

 

 

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Congratulations...

// Button Design Contest Winners
Congratulations to these young Earth Fair visitors for being selected as the top four 2017 button design contest winners in a competitive field of 100 submissions. Winners were selected based on neatness, effectiveness of an Earth Day message, and creativity. These young artists won an Earth Fair prize package and now have the opportunity for their artwork to be put on one of our 2018 buttons. Thank you to all our talented Green Guardians that submitted an entry this year!



// Excellence in Recycling Award
Congratulations to Earth Fair on receiving the 2017 Governor’s Excellence in Recycling Award under the Outstanding Education category! As part of the continuing effort to efficiently utilize resources in Michigan, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality recognized five organizations for outstanding success in promoting recycling and finding new uses for recycled materials. Earth Fair was presented with their Excellence in Recycling award at the 3rd annual Governor’s Recycling Summit in East Lansing on May 19, 2017. The MDEQ hosted the summit in collaboration with the Michigan Recycling Coalition where hundreds of public and private professionals joined to discuss key topics to grow recycling and reduce wastes in Michigan. This uniquely designed and constructed award is made from marble salvaged from the former Detroit Fire Department headquarters and from wood from an early 1900’s home in Detroit. We are so thrilled and honored to be a recipient of this award. Thank you to our thousands of loyal visitors who help support our efforts to shrink Erath Fair’s environmental footprint. We couldn’t have received this award without you!

 

 

Earth Fair News

// Exhibitor Registration for the 2017 Earth Fair is Now Closed – Visit us again next January for the opportunity to be an exhibitor.

// Volunteers – Volunteer registration is now closed. Please sign up to help us next year! Events like ours don't happen without individuals like you stepping forward! You can play a vital role in fulfilling our mission to offer the community sustainable information. It takes 150 volunteers to help make Earth Fair an enormous success.

// Earth Fair Green Team The Green Team monitors, tracks, sorts and inventories our recycling stations throughout the 2-day event. We use compostable products and recycle and compost every bit of waste that we can, and by doing so reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the local landfill. Because of your cooperation, in just three years we’ve reduced our trash-to-landfill impact by 31%! Sign up to be part of our Green Team. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt, mug or bag!

// Free Water Well Testing – The St. Clair & Sanilac Conservation Districts are sponsoring a free domestic drinking water well screening. Bring water in a clean container, free of any residues or contaminants.  Samples from drinking water wells will be screened for nitrate and nitrite. The FORM should be filled out in advance or is available at www.sanilacCD.org/MAEAP. For questions, call at 810-984-3865 x5.

// Sponsor Mixer – We hosted a successful Sponsor Mixer to thank our sponsors and partners who have supported us the last 15 years. If you are interested in learning more about Earth Fair involvement opportunities, we would love to hear from you.

// Swag – We have an assortment of custom Earth Fair goodies to purchase, from shirts and bags, to mugs and decals. They’re only available once a year so get them while you can!

// Downloads
Download Sponsorship Form
Earth Fair Flyer
(Color)
Earth Fair Flyer (B&W)
Earth Fair Poster
Earth Fair Program Guide
Green Guardian Bingo Sheet
2017 Button Design Contest Sheet

 

 

Free Earth Fair Shuttle 

 SATURDAY ONLY, APRIL 29 

Ditch your vehicle in the spirit of Earth Day! In partnership with our sponsor, Blue Water Area Transit, we are challenging Earth Fair visitors to reduce their carbon footprint and take advantage of our exclusive Earth Fair shuttle. On Saturday, two shuttles will run non-stop between the Vantage Point Maritime Center in Port Huron, Vinckier Foods in Wadhams, and Goodells County Park. The first shuttle departs the southern end of the Vantage Point parking lot at 10am on Saturday and the last shuttle leaves Goodells County Park at 4pm.

Taking public transit or carpooling is one of the Top 10 Actions to easily reducing your carbon footprint. The Earth Fair shuttles operate on natural gas which provides great reductions in pollution. The benefits of using natural gas include a 95% reduction in the amount of soot and a 21% reduction in other greenhouse gases. Interested in finding out your carbon footprint? Take this Carbon Footprint Calculator Quiz.

Help us meet our goal of having 500 riders take the shuttle to Earth Fair. If you’ve never done it, families rave about what a great experience it is to ride the Blue Water Area Transit Earth Fair shuttle!

 

Entertainment

Trolley

Green Guardian Awards
& Opening Ceremony

 Main Stage

Saturday 10:45am

Join us for our inaugural Green Guardian Award presentation! We will present awards to four Earth Fair superheroes that have demonstrated initiative to enhance, preserve, and protect the Blue Water Area. Who will our Green Guardians be? Please join us in congratulating their achievements!

 

Trolley

Myth Crackers Show

 Main Stage

Saturday 11am

Can a porcupine shoot its quills? Do turtles come out of their shells? Are owls really wise? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this live animal presentation. This program uses audience participation to address common animal myths and find out if they are "correct" or "cracked."


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Celebrate Michigan! Magic Show

 Main Stage

Saturday 12pm

One of Metro Detroit’s leading magicians, Gordon Russ the Magician, will use surprises and laughs to bring his unique brand of illusion to Earth Fair. Gordon will take the audience on an energetic tour of the Great Lake State through the “Celebrate Michigan!” show. Let your imagination run wild and bring your own “Pick Me” sign to increase your chances of becoming a show volunteer.

 

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Night Creatures Show

 Main Stage

Saturday 1pm

Discover the fascinating features and adaptations of Michigan’s native nocturnal animals. This live animal program explores the relationship between animals and their environment and focuses on the adaptations they have developed in order to survive. Live animals include a bat, a flying squirrel, an owl and skunk.

 

Trees

Tree and Shrub Sale

Friday and Saturday - East Barn

It's spring tree ordering season! The St. Clair Conservation District is selling a variety of bare-root evergreens, flowering trees and shrubs, hardwoods and native wildflowers. Pre-orders can be placed until April 6 or a limited supply will be available for sale at Earth Fair. Tree pick-up for pre-orders is at Earth Fair. Contact them at 810-984-3001 x5 or visit their website.

2017 Tree & Plant Order Form

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Butterfly House Exhibit

Friday and Saturday - Visitor's Center

This Butterfly House exhibit provides a memorable and unique experience for our Earth Fair visitors. Experience the joy of walking among live monarch butterflies and enjoy their beauty as they fly inside a screened enclosure while you hand-feed them. Examine butterflies up close in all stages of their life cycle.



Workshops

Earth Talks

Saturday, Columbus Bible Church

Join us every half hour at Columbus Bible Church in the Historical Village for educational presentations. These are 20-minutes, general seating, and open to all ages.

 

Trolley

Green Team Trash Audit

 Main Stage

Saturday 10am

Dig in with us! So what’s a trash audit anyways? The purpose is to document how much and what types of waste 13,000 visitors generate during our 2-day event. We can’t “reduce, reuse, recycle” unless we know what’s there and we want to pass on what we learn to you. We need your help! Volunteers choose a free t-shirt, bag, or mug!


Sam

Sheepshank Sam

Friday and Saturday, Outdoors

Meet Sheepshank Sam, a teller of tall tales and old time lumberjack from Michigan’s northern wilderness. Participants will learn how trees were felled, cut into logs, skidded out of the woods, and floated down the river to the sawmill. Try your hand at cutting wood with a 4’ cross-cut saw!


Trolley

Get Going Outdoor Clinic

Saturday, Outdoors

Feeling blue? How about a dose of good old-fashioned outdoor fun! Camp Cavell, Little Plastic Circles and Dr. Dirt will be administering healthy recreation medicine to help families unplug from technology and exercise their right to reconnect with nature. A visit to our outdoor clinic will have you’ll feeling better in no time.


Trolley

Trolley Rides

Friday and Saturday

Jump on our tractor-pulled trolley at the Cargill Main Stage area and go for a ride through the Historical Village. The Trolley also makes stops at the parking lots, restrooms, and playground. Ride as often as you like!


Village

Historical Village Tours

Friday and Saturday

Stroll through the beautiful restored buildings on the Historical Village grounds. Wales Historical Society members will be offering tours of several buildings. The Village is within easy walking distance from the Earth Fair and accessible on paved pathways.


FacePaint

Face Painting

Saturday Only, Outdoors

Stop by our free face painting area to choose one of our special “Earth Day” images for your cheek!


 

 

Saturday Earth Talks  

On Saturday, listen for the ringing church bell and join us every half hour at the Columbus Bible Church in the Historical Village for educational presentations. These are 20-minutes, general seating, and open to all ages.

TIME TITLE ORGANIZATION
10:00 AM Recycling for Families Earthkeepers
10:30 AM Sustainable Farming Dancing Meadows Homestead
11:00 AM Saving the Earth With Tupperware Tupperware
11:30 AM History of Spinning Blendall Legacy Farm
12:00 PM Save the Environment: Create Jobs Goodwill Industries
12:30 PM Toxin Free Living Young Living Essential Oils
1:00 PM Stop Poisoning Our Children Shaklee
1:30 PM How Energy Rebates Help You Save Efficiency UNITED
2:00 PM Thumb Natural Areas Thumb Land Conservancy
2:30 PM Tea Tasting Tealightful
3:00 PM Restoring People and the Planet Bioneers
3:30 PM Polishing Petosky Stones Two Old Stoners

 

Thank You 2017 Earth Fair Sponsors!

Cargill SEMCO Energy Renewal by Andersen Hansen's Meijer St. Clair Packaging Eighth Day Media, LLC United Healthcare Community Plan Ever Dry Vinckier Foods Chris's Bunnies Blue Water Transit


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