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Cleveland, OH— Join Earth Day Coalition for the 28th Annual EarthFest at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Activities and exhibits will go until 5pm and Party with the Planet live music, food trucks and beverages will continue until 7 p.m.
This year, in partnership with Mayor Frank Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, Midwest Evolve and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, EarthFest will celebrate the “Year of Vibrant Green Space.” Families will enjoy all day entertainment with over 270 exhibits in nine sustainability exhibit areas, eco-activities throughout our Walk for the Earth passport tour, a “Pop-up streetscape” with interactive tree canopy, free tree giveaways, Midwest Evolve electric vehicle ride and drives, biodiesel-powered amusement park rides, urban farm animals, sheep dog herding demos, pony rides, healthy food from local food trucks, Great Lakes beer, Barefoot Wine, and much more! Presented and organized by Earth Day Coalition since 1990, EarthFest is Ohio’s largest environmental education event and the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation.
EarthFest 2017 Will Feature:
Workshops and Teach-in’s (Located in Building 20)-
- 11:45 am to 12:15 pm Native Plants and Pollinators, Amy Roskilly, Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District
- 12:30 to 1 pm Urban Tree Canopy, Rich Cochran, Western Reserve Land Conservancy
- 1:15 to 1:45 pm #MyClimateAction, Steve McPhee, Northeast Ohio Sierra Club
- 2 to 2:30 pm Urban Tree Canopy, Rich Cochran, Western Reserve Land Conservancy
- 2:45 to 3:15 pm Taking Effective Political Action for the Earth, Cheryl Johncox, Sierra Club, Hannah Bidigare-Curtis, Northeast Ohio Sierra Club
Walk for the Earth Passport Tour: EarthFest exhibits are organized into nine sustainability practice areas that cluster exhibitors around specific topics. Visitors can take the Walk for the Earth Passport Tour and visit 7 areas to redeem an EarthFest vintage poster. Those that complete the demographic survey on the passport will be entered to win an iPad Mini. Stops on the Walk for the Earth Passport Tour will include:
Vibrant Green Space (Near Entrance Gate 5): Explore the pop-up streetscape with interactive tree canopy and learn about why vibrant green space is important for our health, the economy, and the ecosystem. The tree canopy with feature Pick Up Stix stilt walkers dressed as “majestic vines” from 1pm-3pm and a free tree giveaway with Western Reserve Land Conservancy, Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden.
Clean Transportation (Near Entrance Gate 5): Learn how clean fuels, practices and technologies can reconnect our region while reducing petroleum consumption and emissions. Midwest Evolve electric vehicle ride and drive will be located next to pavilion 15.
Environmental & Energy Science (Building 20): Learn first hand about home products, technologies and conservation methods that utilize advanced energy sources, minimize emissions and maximize efficiency. Connect with exciting energy projects in Northeast Ohio.
Community Works (Building 16): Get active in your community! Learn what you can do to make change with exhibits featuring environmental and educational displays from scores of environmental organizations, community groups, municipalities, parks and schools.
Local & Sustainable Food (Building 16): Learn how your food purchases can contribute to the growing local food economy, support local farmers & businesses, and improve your health & the health of the land.
Clean Water (Building 20): Learn about our local watersheds and how your practices at home, at work, and in the community impact the water quality.
Green Home and Garden (Building 29): Learn about environmentally beneficial products, practices and services for the home and garden. Meet local entrepreneurs. View exhibits and displays with chickens, bees and mow goats.
Health and Fitness (Building 27): Get healthy from the inside out! Discover recreational activities that connect you with nature and our local water resources. Learn from the pros with hands-on training in nutrition and personal ecology.
Family Fun (Building 27): Kids and families will find hands-on environmental information, activities, crafts, games, pony rides, petting zoo, and family entertainment. Bio-diesel amusement park rides are located in the main causeway.
Earth Day Coalition Merchandise Area (West Midway at Crossroads): Turn in passports with 7 or more stops punched at the merchandise area to redeem a free, vintage EarthFest poster! Purchase your official EarthFest 2017: Year of Vibrant Green Space merchandise here! Attendees can fill out the event survey on the back of the passport to be entered to win a free iPad Mini.
Fun with Animals: Families will also have an opportunity to get up close with adoptable animal rescues from Berea Animal Rescue Friends, rescued skunks with Skunk Haven, urban farm animals, a petting zoo provided by Critter Camp Farm, and watch sheep dog herding demonstrations by Urban Shepard’s and Spicy Lamb Farm. Lake Erie Nature and Science Center will provide an educational experience with their wildlife rehabilitation services and Jungle Bob will have shows with his animal friends.
Learn about the environmental and clean-air benefits of biodiesel while experiencing an exciting ride! Earth Day Coalition and McGINNIS Amusements have teamed up to bring you Ohio’s first biodiesel amusement rides.
Midwest EVOLVE Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive: Earth Day Coalition is happy to be a part of an eight Clean Cities coalition collaborative effort providing Electric Vehicle test-drive events and educational programs. An estimated 220 EV Everywhere Plug-in Electric Vehicle Local Showcases will be executed over three years, providing consumers with opportunities to experience driving a variety of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) and educating the public about the advantages of EVs. Take a spin in an EV at EarthFest!
Guests will enjoy Great Lakes Brewing Company beer & wine from Barefoot Winery. Pure Water Technology hydration stations will be available free of charge. There will be a huge selection of healthy and delicious local food from some of your favorite food trucks, including: Barrio, Billy’s Gourmet Concessions, Krav, Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop, and Mr. Fries.
Each year since 1990, EarthFest has featured our “Party with the Planet” musical performances. This year, the tradition continues with live music on four stages organized by music booking and production students from Cuyahoga Community College’s Recording Arts and Technology department and sponsored by Undercurrents and Dovetail Solar. Party with the Planet features live, original performances and music by talented local artists. This year’s Party with the Planet main stage, powered by the Dovetail Solar mobile solar unit, will continue into the evening with live music, food trucks and beverages until 7pm! Our growing list of musical performers include:
A to Z
Cats on Holiday
Doctor Scientist’s Environmental Operation
Jay the Bachelor
Meganne Stepka Band
Person Places Things
The Rainbow Emergency
Tom Frietchen Band
EarthFest 2017 will be a Zero waste event with a goal of diverting 90% of waste through reduction, recycling and composting. All exhibitors and event attendees are encouraged to bring their own hot and cold beverage mugs to assist with waste reduction. Zero Waste volunteers will be stationed at each composting/recycling area to provide educational instruction on proper composting and recycling practices.
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will be collecting expired prescription medicine and exchanging mercury thermometers for digital thermometers at Gate 5 from 10am-2pm.
EarthFest 2017 Welcoming Ceremonies (Pavilion 15)
10:20AM – 11:00 AM: Jungle Bob and his Animal Friends (Pavilion)
11:00AM – NOON: Welcoming Ceremonies (Pavilion) with a Hoop, “Earth Day” Song; Brenda O’Reilly, President, Earth Day Coalition; Scott Sanders, Executive Director, Earth Day Coalition; Hon. Matt Zone, Councilman, Ward 15, Cuyahoga County Council; Hon. Kevin Kelley, President, Ward 13, Cuyahoga County Council; Tim Fowler, President, Cuyahoga County Fair; Matt Grey, Chief of Sustainability, City of Cleveland; Hon. Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County Executive; Michael Foley, Cuyahoga County, Director of Sustainability; Frank Greenland, Director of Watershed, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District; Dan Mclaughlin, Manager, Project Support, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture; Musical Mark, Song Performance; Brian Adelstein will help present the Hope and Stanley Adelstein Art, Poetry, and Essay Contest Awards;Group picture with Contest Winners (All dignitaries are invited to join); Announcement of EarthFest 2018: The Year of Vital Neighborhoods, Matt Grey and Scott Sanders
NOON: Ceremonial Tree Planting in honor of The Cleveland Tree Plan with dignitaries (adjacent to Pavilion 15)
$4 ages 2-11;
$8 ages 12+;
- Under age 2
- Ride & park your bicycle in the designated bicycle valet parking area
- Ride RTA's Redline (regular fare) to Brookpark Rapid Station & take the free EarthFest
- Shuttle to Fairgrounds provided by Ace Taxi Service
- 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. Membership also includes admission to the EarthFest VEP (Very Environmental Persons) catered hospitality area. All new and renewed memberships are entered to win a Schwinn Voyager Commute bicycle courtesy of Lorain Triskett Cycle & Fitness (MSRP $525).
- Teachers and their immediate family (must present current school ID)
- THIS YEAR Dress like a tree, get in free!
Call (216) 281-6468 or visit www.earthdaycoalition.org for sponsor, exhibitor and volunteer info, press kit and event info. #EarthFestCLE2017