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Welcome to Earth Fair 2016

Thanks for stopping by to learn about Michigan’s liveliest Earth Day celebration! Bring your friends and family to beautiful Goodells County Park on April 29 & 30, 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 so if you want to do some shopping you can be sure your money is staying local. 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!

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// Online Registration Closed – Registration opens each year in January and closes in March.

// Earth Fair Green Team We officially launched our Green Team which is responsible for monitoring, tracking, sorting, and inventorying every bag, bin and container. We use compostable products, recycle and our compost waste, and by doing so we reduce our carbon footprint and impact on landfill capacity. We’re proud to report we reduced our trash-to-landfill by 31%!  Thank you for your participation in sustainability! Sign up to be part of our Green Team! Volunteers are eligible to receive a free t-shirt, mug or bag!

// Earth Fair is Smoke Free – This family-oriented event has become smoke-free and tobacco-free! Cigarette litter is toxic to wildlife and pollutes our waterways. A single cigarette butt can take 5-10 years to decompose. Tobacco-free areas help to protect the environment and keep it beautiful for years to come. So have fun and breathe easy!

// 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.

// Volunteers Needed – 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. There are many different tasks available in 2 or 3-hour shifts depending on your interest. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt!    Download our 2016 Volunteer Form or complete it online.

// Goodies to Buy – 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

 2016 Earth Fair Flyer
 2016 Earth Fair 11x17 Poster

 2016 Registration Packet
 2016 Sponsorship Form

Tree & Plant Order Form

 Download 2016 School Information Packet
School Transportation Funds Request

Family Bingo Card

 

Free Earth Fair Shuttle 

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.

Ditch your vehicle in the spirit of Earth Day! 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

Lords of the Sky Show

  Main Stage

This live birds of prey show presented by the Howell Nature Center discusses the different types of birds of prey, their characteristics, and importance to the environment. Staff will bring live hawks, owls, falcons, vultures and a bald eagle to this special show. The shows are free, general seating and open to all ages.

Saturday 11am, 1pm

Trolley

Celebrate Michigan! Magic Show

  Main Stage

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, entertaining tour of the Great Lake State through the “Celebrate Michigan!” show. The best part is that kids are part of the show! Let your imagination run wild and bring your own “Pick Me” sign to increase your chances of becoming a show volunteer.

Saturday 12pm

Trees

Tree and Shrub Sale

The St. Clair Conservation District is selling a variety of bare-root evergreens, flowering trees and shrubs, hardwoods and native wildflowers during Earth Fair. Orders can be placed in advance or a limited supply will be available on-site. Please contact them directly by phone 810-984-3001 x5 or visit their website.

Download Tree & Plant Order Form

Friday and Saturday - East Barn

Trolley

Butterfly House Exhibit

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 development. This experience is brought to you by the Master Gardeners of St. Clair County.

Friday and Saturday - Visitor's Center

Workshops

Earth Talks

Join us every half hour at Columbus Bible Church in the Historical Village for entertaining and educational presentations. These are 20-minutes long, general seating, and open to all ages. Attend an Earth Talk to be entered to win exciting prizes!

Friday and Saturday, Columbus Bible Church

Trolley

Trash Audit

  Main Stage

Returning for the third year in a row, dig in with us! So, what’s a trash audit anyways? The purpose is to document how much and what types of waste 8,000 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!

Saturday 10am


Sam

Sheepshank Sam

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!

Friday and Saturday, Outdoors

Trolley

Get Up, Get Out

At our new outdoor area led by Camp Cavell Conservancy, families can unplug from technology and exercise their right to reconnect with nature. See what is offered by spending some time outdoors and participating in good old-fashioned fun.

Friday and Saturday, Outdoors


Trolley

Trolley Rides

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!

Friday and Saturday


Village

Historical Village Tours

Stroll through the beautiful restored buildings on the Historical Village grounds. Wales Historical Society members will be offering tours of five buildings - Columbus Bible Church (1860), Mudge Log Cabin (1863) Murphy/Ryan Farmhouse (1872), Lynn Township School (1885) and the C.C. Peck Bank (1908). The Village is within easy walking distance from the Earth Fair buildings and accessible on paved pathways.

Friday and Saturday

FacePaint

Face Painting

Stop by our free face painting area in the Visitor's Center to choose one of our special “Earth Day” images for your cheek!

Saturday Only,
Visitor's Center

 

 

Earth Talks  

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

  FRIDAY Earth Talks

TIME TITLE ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION
11:00 am - 11:20 am History of Spinning Wool Blendall Legacy Farm Spinning sheep wool
11:30 am - 11:50 am Bee a Pollinator Master Gardener St. Clair County Who's pollinating
12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Is It Really Up to Me to Keep It Clean? Earth Learning Adventures Reducing waste
12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Birds "I View" and Hear Blue Water Audubon Society Backyard birding
1:00 pm - 1:20 pm History of Spinning Wool Blendall Legacy Farm Spinning sheep wool
1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Wildflowers of Michigan Pine River Nature Center Local wildflowers
2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Bees and People Pine River Bee Club Bee keeping

  SATURDAY Earth Talks

TIME TITLE ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION
1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Creating a Healthy Home Environment Shaklee Do household toxins
affect your life??
2:00 pm - 2:20 pm GMO Foods Blue Water Sierra Club What's in your food?
2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Seed to Seal Promise Young Living Essential Oils Essential oils
3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Permaculture Blue Water Sierra Club Gardening nature's way
3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Petosky Stone Polishing Two Old Stoners Learn to polish petosky stones

 

Thank You Earth Fair Sponsors!


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