GAMBIER — Local health and environmental advocates are making plans for Knox County’s 5th annual Earth Day Festival, to be held Sunday, April 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kenyon Athletic Center in Gambier.
Under the banner “Healthy People, Healthy World,” organizers strive to create a fun and entertaining family event where people can connect with environmental and health-related resources, and learn how these two topics are connected. One example is gardening and eating local foods, the focus of this year’s event.
“Food is one of those topics that touches all of us and connects community, health, and the environment,” said Heather Doherty of the Brown Family Environmental Center at Kenyon College. “Gardening is a great way to stay active, eating fresh foods is very healthy, and growing it yourself or buying it locally helps keep our air clean and supports the local economy.”
The event planning committee, comprised of the BFEC, Knox County Health Department, Knox Community Hospital and the Knox County Park District, is now accepting exhibitor registration. Space is available at no charge to local individuals, groups, organizations and businesses with a message, cause, product or service that addresses the environment or a health-related topic. Organizers are especially interested in vendors or artists who offer products made of recycled or green materials.
“The variety of green products out there is pretty amazing, and we want to help people get access to them,” said Doherty.
Last year, more than 1,000 people attended the event which included over 60 booths and demonstrations. The festival is held in conjunction with the Earth Day Challenge Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, in which approximately 400 runners compete.
In addition to exhibits and retail vendors, the Earth Day Festival will once again feature a cooking demonstration, health screenings, live music, locally grown food including vendors from the local Farmer’s Market, a petting zoo, kid’s activity zone and hands-on activities for people of all ages.
For more information or exhibitor registration, contact Doherty at the Brown Family Environmental Center at 427-5052 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on February 21, 2011