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THE LONGEST RUNNING EARTH DAY CELEBRATION IN THE NATION CONTINUES…
AT A NEW LOCATION, THE CUYAHOGA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
Cleveland, OH- Join Earth Day Coalition for EarthFest 2013 at this year’s new location, the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, on Sunday, April 21 from 10am-5pm. In partnership with Mayor Frank Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and the Ohio Development Services Agency Office of Energy, this year’s EarthFest will celebrate Advanced and Renewable Energy with a new exhibit area under the Fairground’s dramatic on site wind turbine and Energy Education Center. Presented and organized by Earth Day Coalition since 1990, EarthFest, now in its 24th year, is Ohio’s largest environmental education event and the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation.
EarthFest will feature 250 exhibits in 8 sustainability areas including: Advanced & Renewable Energy, Local & Sustainable Food, Clean Transportation (with Ride & Drive), Health & Fitness, Community Works, Family Fun, Zero Waste, and Green Home & Garden. Families will enjoy all day entertainment with eco-activities, Ohio’s first ever biodiesel powered amusement park rides, music on 5 stages, urban farm animals, healthy food from local food trucks, the NASA “Village,” Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s mobile planetarium and wildlife rehab exhibits, Jungle Bob with his animal friends, Valley Exotic Petting Zoo, pony rides and much more…
NEW THIS YEAR:
• EarthFest will have Ohio’s first ever biodiesel powered amusement park rides. Learn about the environmental and clean-air benefits of biodiesel in this exciting new display! Earth Day Coalition and McGINNIS Amusements are teaming up to use biodiesel to run four rides throughout the day.
• Earth Day Coalition’s NatureHood© program, The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Kurtz., Bros. have partnered to plant a permanent 250 square foot rain garden at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. The excavation of the rain garden area began on Wednesday, April 17th and will be completed with the planting of native Ohio plants at EarthFest by a local Boy Scout troop at 2pm.
• The new Advanced and Renewable Energy exhibit area will allow attendees to learn first hand about exciting initiatives in our region as well as home products and conservation methods that utilize cleaner energy, minimize emissions and maximize efficiency. The NASA Glenn Research Center Village will have nearly 5,000 square feet of exhibit space which focuses on energy research, including the Journey to Tomorrow Truck, an inflatable shuttle, an algae bio-lab exhibit and more. Visit our website to read a series of stories on some of the energy projects that will be on display at EarthFest.
• As part of the marque energy exhibit area, a 72’ x 20’ hoop house will be constructed near the Energy Education Center by Tunnel Vision Hoops with the help of City Year volunteers and students from Cuyahoga Community College. The hoop house, funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture High Tunnel Hoop House grant and a Cuyahoga County Arts and Culture grant, will be deconstructed after EarthFest. The hoop house will be reconstructed at Earth Day Coalition’s native plant nursery, which serves as a source of native plants for their NatureHood© vacant lot gardening program.
• Guests will enjoy local microbrews from Great Lakes Brewing Company & wine from South River Vineyard in Geneva, Pure Water Technology hydration stations and a huge selection of healthy and delicious local food from twelve of your favorite food trucks, including: Fired Up Taco Truck, Jibaro, Motormouth, Sal Caruso, Seti Polish Boys, StrEat Mobile Bistro, Sweet! The Mobile Cupcake, Donut Lab, The Nosh Box, The Rolling Pig, Umami Moto and Zydeco Bistro.
There will be all day chef demonstrations from local restaurants including:
- 10:30 - 11:00 Root Café
- 11:15 - 11:45 The Charmed Kitchen
- 11:55 - 12:25 Treehuggers
- 1:15-1:45 Toast
- 1:55 -2:20 Fat Cats
- 2:25 - 2:55 Felice Urban
- 3:05 - 3:35 Amp 150
- 3:45 - 4:15 Amp 150
• Listen to all-day music and the best of Northeast Ohio singer-songwriters, musicians and bands on 5 "Party with the Planet©" entertainment stages organized by students enrolled in Cuyahoga Community College's entertainment booking class. Students were assigned a stage to book musical performances and manage stage logistics. Current bands include: Alex Wedmedyk, Baba Jubal Harris, Billy Coakley, Bit Shifterz, Bob Sammon, Broccoli Samauri, C-Level, Day Method, Diana Chittester, Earth Rhythm, Eric Wilson, Gypsy Days, Hoop, James Isom, Jason Meyers, Jordan Kirk, Joshua & Maria, Joshua Jesty, Lashon Jay, Low Dirty, No Loot, Noon, Quadrophonic Desperation, Primal Rhythm, Rick Roman, Robbie Johnston, The Classic Duo, Wally Gunn, Who We Are and Young Mrs. Dunn. For band bios, photos and updates on the 24th annual “Party with the Planet©” entertainment at EarthFest, visit http://partywiththeplanet.us/
• Meet Dick Goddard and adopt an animal in need. Cleveland’s well-known meteorologist and animals rights supporter will be at EarthFest from 1pm-4pm signing his book “6 Inches of Partly Cloudy” and selling books and calendars. All proceeds from the sales will be donated to local animal shelters. For the first time ever, there will also be adoptable animal rescues on site from Greyhound Adoption of Ohio, Lighthouse Boxer Rescue, the Animals’ Disaster Team and the Berea Animal Rescue Friends.
• This year’s EarthFest has a goal of being a zero waste event and has partnered with Kimble Recycling and Disposal, Rosby Recycling Resources and ZeroWaste NEO to provide recycling and composting stations. Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op will run “Zero Emissions for Zero Waste” rickshaws to unload recycling and composting stations throughout the day. ZeroWaste NEO volunteers will be stationed at each composting/recycling area to provide educational instruction on proper composting and recycling practices.
• There will be several fun recycling opportunities at EarthFest, including: The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Mercury Thermometer Exchange, which will accept mercury thermometers from event attendees and provide them with a new digital one. The exchange table will be just inside the main entrance off of Bagley Road at Gate 5 from 10am-1pm. They have appropriate hazmat training and will be ready to answer any questions. Planet Aid will be taking old shoe and clothing donations for those in need. Ballet in Cleveland will be offering electronics recycling for desktop computers, laptop computers, servers, monitors, printers, routers, cell phones, external drives, wires, cables phone systems, fax and copy machines, batteries, battery chargers, digital cameras, flat screen TV’s, DVD players and scrap metal.
• Take walking tours of Baldwin Wallace University's solar, wind, composting and green building installations led by students from the university.
WALK FOR THE EARTH PASSPORT TOUR
EarthFest exhibits are organized into 8 sustainability practice areas that cluster exhibitors around specific sustainability topics. Visitors can take the Walk for the Earth Passport Tour and visit 7 areas to redeem a free energy saving compact fluorescent light bulb courtesy of Technical Consumer Products. Click here for a preview of the Walk for the Earth Passport Tour.
$3 ages 2-11
$5 ages 12+
• Under age 2
• Ride & park your bicycle (Bagley Road entrance)
• Ride RTA's Redline (regular fare) to Brookpark Rapid Station & take the free EarthFest shuttle to Fairgrounds
• Current Earth Day Coalition members ($35 Individual level or $50 family level minimum). *You can renew or become a member online or at the entrance to EarthFest.
• Teachers and their immediate family (must present current school ID)
For information call (216) 281-6468 or visit www.earthdaycoalition.org.
Thanks to our EarthFest 2013 Partners and Sponsors!