by contributing writer James Esposito
The second annual NEPA Green Fair and 5K run/walk takes place Saturday, April 27th at Nay Aug Park in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The 5K begins at 9 a.m., the fair follows from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and for the first time an after party will wrap up the day.
Allison Petrky planned the NEPA Green Fair and 5K after being inspired by similar green fair events in her home town in North Jersey. She hopes to raise money and bring awareness to two local environmental groups: Friends of Lackawanna and Citizens for a Healthy Jessup.
Registration for the 5K is $30 and all participants are guaranteed a t-shirt. Awards such as eco-friendly race t-shirts, medals, and swag bags will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers. A third group category will be based on age. About 125 runners are expected.
Over 30 vendors will be present with a variety of food, coffee, artwork, natural medicines, eco-friendly clothing, and sustainable solutions for home and car owners.
Food vendors were chosen with an alignment to the Green Fair’s message in mind. Harvest Season Grill has a no-compromise attitude toward using local, all natural ingredients in all of their offerings. They have a know-your-farmer, know-your-food Philosophy and pair meat, fish and vegetables in their dishes.
Another vendor, Highland Kitchen and Gardens donates profits to their sister church in India. They offer food and drinks for gut health, salads, dishes with meat, and healthy snacks.
During the fair four musical acts will perform.
- 10:00-11:15 AM Dave Brown and The Dishonest Fiddlers (Folk)
- 11:30-12:30 AM Sara Hulse (Multi-Instrumental / Influenced by Traditional, Folk, Bluegrass, and Reggae)
- 12:45-1:45 PM Mark Woodyatt & Jacob Cole (Handpan(s) and electric Violin)
- 2:00-3:00 PM Jordan Ramirez & The Tribe( Soul R&B)
The after party will be held at Backyard Ale House in downtown Scranton, and begin at 8 p.m.
“It will feature acts performing at the fair, including Dave Brown, Sara Hulse, and Jordan Ramirez and the Tribe. Mark Woodyatt and Jacob Cole, who will be performing on handpan and violin as a duo at the fair, will be performing at the after party with the rest of their bandmates as Rogue Chimp to close out the evening,” event organizer Bryan Dewey said.
Specialized workshops will be giving fair-goers a chance to participate, observe, ask questions, and receive information on Eco-Friendly movements and solutions. Some workshops are as follows:
- Edible Landscaping presented by Bear Creek Organics
- Detox your Home and Body presented by All That is Pure
- Solar 101 presented by SEEDS
- Gardening For Kids presented by The Greenhouse Project
- Composting 101 the ins and outs of composting and turning garbage into healthy soil presented by The Green House Project
- Romping Radishes, a Healthy Living class for kids through movement, games, cooperative activities, storytelling and crafts presented by The Cooperage Project
- Amazing Animal Adaptations, gain insight into NEPA native animal senses and physical adaptations that allow them to survive, presented by Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
The Salted Pixie will be promoting the trashtag challenge: a viral challenge encouraging people to clean up their communities and post before and after photos on social media using the hashtag #trashtag. Plastic pollution is especially a threat to your summer vacations, marine life, and humanity’s water supplies. Local participating businesses are offering discounts when you post your pictures of picking up garbage using the #trashtag.
10-20 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year according to a report released by the Worldwatch Institute in 2015. Pollution is not the only reason to be environmentally conscious.
NASA states Global warming is an issue 97% of published scientists claim is real and caused by humans, and Bernie Sanders says it could start affecting us in as little as 12 years by flooding due to rising sea levels.
After all, you do not have to be looking to spearhead climate change or trying to save the world. Go clean up garbage in your local community or run three and a half miles, whatever your drive, the NEPA Green Fair and 5K has something for you. Food and music are two things that bring people together, no matter what.
For more information check out www.nepagreenfair.com.