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Welcome to Earth Fair 2019

Thanks for stopping by to learn about Michigan’s largest Earth Day celebration! Bring your friends and family to Goodells County Park on April 26 & 27, or get there by hopping on our free shuttle. Admission, parking and activities are FREE!

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 Michigan's largest Earth Day event. We are passionate about creating an environment at Earth Fair that's fun for everyone; visitors of all ages 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, living and gardening so a better earth can be created 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 exhibits 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 grassroots 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 premises. Thank you for helping us keep the environment clean and the air safe!

While dogs are allowed at Goodells County Park, dogs are not allowed inside the Vendor Barns or Visitor's Center. Earth Fair buildings, exhibits and activities are ADA accessible.




Green Guardian Award
Please visit our Green Guardian Award page
to nominate an environmental superhero.

 

 


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Are you a fan of Earth Fair but unable to attend? Do you want to support environmental education in the Blue Water Area? You can donate anytime to our 501c3 organization to support our mission year round!

 

 

Congratulations...

// 2019 Green Guardian Award Winners
Congratulations to our Green Guardians on their 2019 award! Thank you for all you have done and are doing to make Earth Day every day in the Blue Water Area!

Nominate a Green Guardian

  • Individual: Kay Cumbow, nominated by Fred Fuller
  • Group: Memphis Lions Club, nominated by Mary Kay Weber
  • Non-Profit: Community Enterprises of St. Clair County, nominated by Kirsten Lyons
  • Business: Kate’s Downtown and The Boathouse by Kate Voss, nominated by Amy Meeker-Taylor
  • School: Woodland Developmental School - Michelle Ebmeyer’s Classroom, nominated by Liane Allen


// Excellence in Recycling Award
Congratulations to Earth Fair on receiving the 2017 Governor’s Excellence in Recycling Award under the Outstanding Education category! We are 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 Earth Fair’s environmental footprint.

 

// Button Design Contest Winners
Congratulations to these young Earth Fair visitors for being selected as the top four 2018 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. Thank you to all our talented Green Guardians that submitted an entry!

 

 

Earth Fair News

// Exhibitor Registration and Food Vendor Application for the 2019 Earth Fair is now CLOSED.

// Tree Sale Order Form –  The Blue Water 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 4th or will be available for sale at Earth Fair. Download the order form.

// Free Water Well Testing – The Blue Water Conservation District is 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. This FORM should be filled out in advance. For questions, call 810-984-3865 x5.

// 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! Ride now, save later!

// 2019 Downloads
Earth Fair Flyer
Earth Fair Poster
Earth Fair Program
Press Release - Celebration Begins
Press Release - Registration Opens
Bingo Sheet

 

 

Free Earth Fair Shuttle 

 FRIDAY AND SATURDAY 

Ditch your vehicle in the spirit of Earth Day! In partnership with Blue Water Area Transit, we are challenging Earth Fair visitors to reduce their carbon footprint and take advantage of our exclusive Earth Fair shuttle. If you’ve never done it, families rave about what a great experience it is.

FRIDAY • 9am-4pm

  • Spend 2 hours at Earth Fair
  • Meet at any of these locations at 8:30am, 10:30am, or 12:30pm
  • Free service from Maritime Center, Downtown Bus Depot, and Vinckiers in Wadhams
  • Last bus leaves Goodells County Park at 4pm

SATURDAY • 10am-4pm

  • Free non-stop shuttle service all day
  • Meet at the Maritime Center, Downtown Bus Depot, or Vinckiers in Wadhams
  • First bus departs at 9:30am, last bus 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.

 

Entertainment

Trolley

Green Guardian
Awards Ceremony

 Main Stage

Saturday • Noon

We will present awards to three 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

Lords of the Sky

 Main Stage

Saturday • 11am & 1pm

This 45-minute interactive show allows participants to meet live birds of prey, including a bald eagle, and learn about each of their unique adaptations.


Trees

Tree and Shrub Sale

Friday and Saturday - West Barn

It's spring tree ordering season! The Blue Water 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 4th, or a limited supply will be available for sale at Earth Fair.

Download the order form or
visit their website.


Trolley

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.

 

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

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 Earth Fair and accessible on paved pathways.


Trolley

Face Painting

Friday and Saturday

Stop by the Little Stage Faces face painting booth to have an Earth Day image painted on your cheek.

A henna artist will be onsite Friday and Saturday at a cost of $5 per design.

 

 

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

Agency

Topic

Presenter

10:00 am

Six Rivers Land
Conservancy

Land conservancy

Danielle Devlin, Land Protection Director

10:30 am

Blue Water Audubon Society

Pollen Nation

Tom Dennis

11:00 am

St Clair-Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow

Lake Sturgeon

Steve Guc

11:30 am

Friends of the St Clair River

Blue Water Butterflies

Barb Ford, Blue Water Conservation Steward

12:30 pm

Pine River Bee Keeping
Club

Why bees swarm and what it means

Jim Ford

 1:00  pm

St. Clair County CISMA

Invasive species of the BW area and how to identify them

McKenzi Bergwelder

 1:30  pm

Blue Water Sierra Club

Advocacy:  Developing Relationships with Government Policy Makers and Elected Officials

Martin Habalewsky

2:30  pm

Great Lakes Environmental Alliance

Vermiculture - wormcomposting

Tonya Keefe

  3:00  pm

Blendall Legacy Farms

Sheep to shawl

Beth Sawdon

 3:30  pm

Two Old Stoners

Petoskey Stone Polishing

Tom Thompson

 

Thank You 2019 Earth Fair Sponsors!

Cargill SEMCO Energy Renewal by Andersen Hansons Meijer Efficiency United Ever Dry Master Gardeners of SCC Chris's Bunnies Blue Water Transit Domtar St Clair County Parks Leaf Filter Cargill SEMCO Energy DTE Engery SMR Kroger Renewal by Andersen Hansons Meijer Goodwill Efficiency United United Healthcare Community Plan Ever Dry Master Gardeners of SCC Chris's Bunnies Blue Water Transit Domtar St Clair County Parks USF Leaf Filter Cargill SEMCO Energy Renewal by Andersen Hansons Meijer Efficiency United Ever Dry Master Gardeners of SCC Chris's Bunnies Blue Water Transit Domtar St Clair County Parks Leaf Filter

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