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Welcome to Earth Fair 2018

Thanks for stopping by to learn about Michigan’s largest Earth Day celebration! Bring your friends and family to Goodells County Park on April 27 & 28, 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!

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!

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// 2018 Green Guardian Award Winners
Congratulations to these Green Guardians on being selected to receive our 2018 award! They will be honored at the Opening Ceremony on April 28 at 11am as part of our Green Guardian Award program. Thank you for all you have done and are doing to make Earth Day every day in the Blue Water Area!

  • Business – Blue Water Area Transit
  • School – Gardens Elementary, Marysville
  • Group – Blue Water Audubon Society

// Excellence in Recycling Award
Congratulations to Earth Fair on receiving the 2017 Governor’s Excellence in Recycling Award under the Outstanding Education category! 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. 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. We couldn’t have received this award without you!


// 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!



Earth Fair News

// Exhibitor Registration for the 2018 Earth Fair is now CLOSED – Thank you for your support! See you back here January 1, 2019!

// Volunteers – Volunteer registration is now OPEN. Please sign up to help us this 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. Help us kick it up a notch by volunteering to a 3 or 4 hour shift on a day you choose. Click here for more info and to register.

// Green Team Members Needed We incorporate composting and recycling into everything we do to reach our goal of being a sustainable event. Our Green Team members work diligently to decrease the amount of waste produced at Earth Fair to reduce our carbon footprint and impact on the local landfill. Our Green Team is made up of members from the community that have an interest or expertise in sustainability. Join our Green Team’s journey towards sustainability and help us with our Waste Challenge goals.

// Tree Sale Order Form –  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 5 or a limited supply will be for sale at Earth Fair. Download the order form.

// 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.

// 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! Take the Earth Fair shuttle to get $2 off all Earth Fair merchandise. Pick up a coupon on any Blue Water Area Transit bus between April 1 and April 28.

Program Guide
Bingo Sheet
Official Earth Fair Flyer
Official Earth Fair Poster
Button Design Contest



Free Earth Fair Shuttle 


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.

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.

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!




Green Guardian
Awards Ceremony

 Main Stage

Saturday • 11:00am

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!



Lords of the Sky

 Main Stage

Saturday • 11:30am & 1:30pm

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.


Michigan Reptiles & Amphibians Exhibit

Outdoor Area

Saturday • 11:30am - 2:30pm

Over 40 species of Michigan snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs and salamanders are on display with Nature Discovery’s exhibit. Hold a Blue Racer, watch a Box Turtle eat worms, feed crickets to frogs, and learn about these animals with the friendly and knowledgeable Nature Discovery staff. An interactive experience for all visitors!



Michigan Turtles and Snakes Show

 Main Stage

Saturday • 12:30pm

Join this live animal show to become more familiar with Michigan's wildlife most likely encountered and affected by our actions. Stop by Nature Discovery's exhibit before or after the show for closer inspection.



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 5th, or a limited supply will be available for sale at Earth Fair.

Download the order form or
visit their website.


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.


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.



Trash Audit Waste Challenge

 Main Stage

Saturday • 10am

Dig in with us! 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!


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!


Get Going Outdoor Clinic

Saturday • Outdoors

Feeling the winter blues? How about a dose of good old-fashioned fun! A visit to our outdoor clinic will have you’ll feeling better in no time. Unplug from technology and exercise your right to reconnect with nature with Little Plastic Circles and Aurora’s Fairy Garden.


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!


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.


Face Painting


Stop by the Little Stage Faces face painting booth to have a free 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.

10:00 AM Recycling for Families Earthkeepers
10:30 AM History of Spinning Blendall Legacy Farm
11:30 AM Vacation Destination in St. Clair County Algonac State Park
12:00 Tea Tasting Tealightful
12:30 Clearing Up the Air About Cleaning Up Shaklee - Healthy Home
1:00 Mysteries of the Willow Tree Talking Willow Studio and Gallery
1:30 A St. Clair County Jewel: Painted Trillium Thumb Land Conservancy
2:00 Kick Chemicals to the Curb Young Living Essential Oils
2:30 Hiking Fun in the Blue Water Area Blue Water Outdoor Club
3:00 Learn to Polish Petosky stones Two Old Stoners


Thank You 2018 Earth Fair Sponsors!

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

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