On April 13, 2016

Celebrate our planet at Poultney Earth fair

Wednesday, April 13 at 2 p.m. — POULTNEY — The Poultney Earth Fair is an annual tradition that draws hundreds of people from the local region to celebrate the environment and community. This year, the 9th annual Poultney Earth Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 13 from 2-5 p.m. at Poultney High School. There is plenty of family fun including free food, music, and activities for all ages. The event is free and open to the public.

A parade down Poultney’s Main Street kicks off the event, starting at the Green Mountain College circle at 1:30 p.m. The procession will begin with a fire truck, followed by banners, larger-than-life paper maché heads, drumming, music, dancing, and all are welcome to join.

At Poultney High School, students and more than 60 exhibitors have prepared stimulating and fun interactive demos and activities to showcase what individuals can do to enrich communities. The goal is to motivate the next generation of leaders to be solution-seekers, to be able to tackle the complex issues they will be facing in the future.

Everything at the fair is free: wood-fired organic pizzas, apples and cheese and other locally produced food, live music, and every exhibit and activity. Many of the displays result from creative projects by students from Poultney’s public schools and Green Mountain College, in addition to exhibits from many local organizations.

Join the fun and explore the Earth Fair’s scavenger hunt with free prizes, see the recycled K-Cup dragon sculpture, tie-dye your own t-shirt, listen to storytelling, discover information about energy innovations, draw or paint, practice shooting at a laser hunting setup, and see live chicks and hens. Listen to live music from bluegrass band Spruce Knob Uprising, and singer and musician Heidi Brown with KinderMusik.

Exhibitors include: Peace Corps, Vt. Youth Conservation Corp, Audubon/ Rutland Area Climate Coalition, Slate Valley Trails, CV Solar and Wind, Champlain Valley Native Plant Nursery, United Methodist Church, Roots and Wings, GMC Chemistry Department, Poultney Historical Society, GMP Innovation Center, Smokey House, Nature Conservancy, and about 50 others. For info, contact Steinrueckn@greenmtn.edu or 773-354-6677.

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