HUNTINGTON - Everything you ever wanted to know about going green you can learn first-hand Saturday during the second annual Huntington Sustainability Fair that runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in the Old Central City commercial district.
Free and open to the public, the Fair will take place rain or shine at The Wild Ramp, 555 14th St. W., and the covered Cabell County Tailgate Farmers Market as well as the Charles Holley Gazebo, located across the street from The Wild Ramp.
The Huntington Sustainability Fair project is a cooperative effort by Sustainable Living for WV, the Marshall University Sustainability Department, the Wild Ramp, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, the Old Central City Association, Tour DePATH, the City of Huntington, Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District, and many more.
Tour DePATH is among the participants, and will again offer their annual bike ride along the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health. There are three route options: 4 miles, 10 miles, and 26 miles. There is no fee, and community cyclists of all ages are invited to participate. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Goodwill Industries will be making infinity scarves from old clothes, and offering free Tech-Recycling, so bring your old tablets, phones, laptops, and printers to be recycled. Marshall University Environmental Health and Safety, and the West Virginia Conservation Agency, will be hosting a Rain Barrel Workshop at 1 p.m. so show up early and enter the raffle for a free rain barrel.
The first 25 participants in the Green Challenge will win a bag of free "Green Swag", so make sure to download our Green Calendar and take the challenge. Other fair participants include area crafts-persons, artisans, food trucks, greenhouses, and farmers.
Following the fair, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, which is just a couple blocks away from The Wild Ramp and Gazebo at 725 14th St., West, will be hosting a reception and film showing of two short films "Fridays at the Farm" and "Cowspiracy- The Sustainability Secret" from 4:15-7 p.m. at their offices.
While at the OVEC office, sign up for a membership to help the grassroots group protect mountain communities and our precious water resources, which we must safeguard if we are to have sustainable economic development, and to help folks living in communities impacted by the extraction of coal, oil and gas (mountaintop removal mining and fracking, respectively).
The reception and film screenings at the OVEC office are free, but donations will gladly be accepted as they are in midst of a challenge grant to raise $20,000 by June 1 to receive a $20,000 matching grant from Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation.
Over at the Fair, enjoy a full day's worth of activities, live music and workshops.
All day events (running 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) include: Tech-Recycling Station – hosted by Goodwill Industries, will accept old laptops, tablets, phones, printers, etc. (NO TV’s) (#42), Self-Sufficiency Demonstrations of back-to-basic techniques, including bow fire-starting – hosted by The Mountaineer Institute for Self-Reliance (#43) YOGA – hosted by Studio 8 (#44), Pallet Upcycling – hosted by Dave Cooper, Kentucky Pallet Artist (#45) and Worm Composting and Food Fermentation – hosted by Fungolia Farms (#46)
Vendors and organizations with booths include: Fourpole Creek Watershed Association, Appalachian Forest Herbs , Bamboozled, Beyond The Vale, Butt Load of Keepsakes, Cabell County Master Gardeners, Chickpeas, Citizens Climate Lobby, Common Grounds Shoppes, Crackerjack Farms, Dave Cooper, Kentucky Pallet Artist, Donna Hicks, artisan, Energy Efficient WV, Farm-To-Table Café, Glass From The Past, Golden Ram, Goodwill, Ice Cream A Go-Go, Info Booth, It Works, League of Women Voters, Local Music Booth, Modern Thinkers Gallery, Mountwest Community College, MU Biological Sciences, MU BLOOME Project, MU Creek Geeks, MU Environmental Health and Safety,MU Sustainability Dept., Noni’s Farm, OVEC, Perennial Favorites Greenhouse, Poole's Arts & Antiques, Rebel Farms, Resistor Rags And Wares, Scent From Heaven, Inc., Solar Holler, Studio 8, Sustainable Living for WV, The Mountaineer Institute for Self-Reliance, The Wild Ramp, Tour De PATH, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, WV Dogs / 30 Mile Meal and the WV Conservation Agency.
Here's a look at the schedule of events and musical acts happening
10 a.m. - Tour DePATH Community Bike Ride – hosted by Rahall Transportation Institute, and the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health (Gazebo & #39).
10 a.m. - Perennial Exchange & Plant Sale – hosted by the Cabell County Master Gardeners Association (#40)
1 p.m. - Rain Barrel Workshop – hosted by Marshall University Environmental Health and Safety, and the West Virginia Conservation Agency (#35/36)
Music @ The Gazebo
11 a.m. - 5$Red
Noon - The Settlement
1 p.m. - Jerry Brooks and Marcus Oglesby
2 p.m. - The Sugarbeats
3 p.m. - The Shadowshaker Band
Out Back of Wild Ramp
11 a.m. - Joe Troubetaris and Keyamo Onoge
Noon - Jeremy Daniel Roberts
1 p.m. - Danny Neal
2 p.m. - Chris Sutton & Mark The Harp
3 p.m. - Kayla Massie
Ohio Valley Environmental Coaliion (OVEC) Reception & Film Showing (Location: OVEC Office – 725 14th Street W.)
4:15 p.m. – Reception
5 p.m. – Film: “Fridays at the Farm” 20 minutes
5:30 p.m. – Film: “Cowspiracy – the Sustainability Secret”
Go online at www.facebook.com/HuntingtonSustainabilityFair for more info.