Families are invited to a community celebration—the AnnualPiedmont Earth Day Fair—on Saturday, April 21st, 2018, from 10AM–4 PM at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, rain or shine. The festival, hosted by the local non-profit organization, Piedmont Environmental Alliance (PEA), is packed with family-friendly activities and demonstrations, great food and music, artwork, and interesting exhibits—all free to the public.
This year, many of the Fair’s featured activities will focus on the theme, “Roots of Change,” connecting people with information and actions they can use to support a more sustainable community. “Now more than ever, people are looking for local ways to take action and build community,” explained Piedmont Environmental Alliance Executive Director Jamie Maier. “The Earth Day Fair is a fun way to engage with, and learn about, PEA’s efforts to create a healthier, more economically vibrant and sustainable community.”
The Fair’s top-notch children’s activities will include water play, arts and crafts, animals and insects, face-painting, and yoga. Don’t miss the Children’s Corner, which features special activities hosted by Art for Art’s Sake, Kaleideum, and the Sawtooth School for Visual Art.
“Kaleideum is thrilled to partner with Piedmont Environmental Alliance for the Earth Day Fair this year. We love being part of this great event that promotes environmental awareness and community involvement for people of all ages,” declared Kelli Isenhour, Director of Education at Kaleideum.
School-aged children are encouraged to participate in theEarth Day Fair Art Contest. Students sign up online to bring artwork to the fair that expresses their connection to Earth Day or the festival’s theme, Roots of Change. Artwork will be displayed around the fair and seen by thousands of people. A panel of community judges will award prizes (by age group) in the afternoon.
The fair will also feature free environmentally-themed demonstrations that provide practical tips and information for living a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle—including how to start composting, backyard bee-keeping, and natural gardening. At the Swap Shop, attendees can trade gently used books, jewelry and clothing and receive new (to you) items for free. And, families will have fun tapping their feet to music at the fair. The North Carolina Songwriter’s Co-op is providing a great lineup of musicians who will play throughout the festival, joined by local favorites Farewell Friends, Barrie Howard, and Emily Stewart.
Fairgoers will experience Piedmont Environmental Alliance’sinnovative education programs live at the fair. Ride the Energy Explorers’ bike to learn about energy use and conservation. Interact with the PEA Stream Table and learn why Every Drop Counts. Check out the Live Debate tent to hear high school students from across the Piedmont discuss the pros and cons of eating meat.
“PEA’s education programs engage more than 3,500 students annually, teaching vital lessons in math and science, and nurturing the next generation of citizen environmentalists. We’re thrilled to feature these programs at the Earth Day Fair,” confirmed Piedmont Environmental Alliance Education Program Coordinator Nicole Stebbins.
With more than 100 earth-friendly vendors and exhibitors, fun and interactive programs for kids and adults, live music, delicious food, local artwork, the Piedmont Earth Day Fair has something for everyone.
What: The 13th Annual Piedmont Earth Day Fair
When: Saturday, April 21st from 10AM–4PM, rain or shine!
Where: The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds
Play at the Children’s Corner, learn environmental tips, trade gently used items at the Swap Shop, listen to music, enjoy local food, and more!