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2015 Sustainability Fair a Success!

Vendors at Fair 2015The 8th Annual Sustainability Fair & Market this past Sunday was an overwhelming success! With over 35 exhibitors, delicious food, great music, engaging kid’s activities AND twice as many visitors as in previous years, not to mention a fabulous Electric Car Showcase in the arena  too, it was Sustainable North Grenville’s best  fair ever! Visitors were able to find out about energy efficiency, nature conservation programs , healthy living as well as shop from local artisans and entrepreneurs. Local clubs and organization,  such as the Kemptville Youth Club  and Friends of the Ferguson Forestry Centre were represented at the fair looking to engage with the public, advertise their events  and programs and seek out new members  and volunteers. There was a wide range of market vendors, such as Day Brighteners Farm and Luce Ends Designs  with a beautiful array of home-grown or home-made  items for sale. Many people took the opportunity to sit and enjoy some delicious snacks from the Muffin King and Jack’s Fudge and lunch fare from Aubin Farm and the Branch  Restaurant whilst listening to the K-Towne Trio, Bella Borealis, Fiddlehead Soup and John Carroll, just some of North Grenville’s amazing musical  talent pool.

Bella Borealis at Fair 2015Many families with young children found exciting hands-on activities in the kid’s area. There were opportunities to create some beautiful nature crafts with Anne Walsh, observe crayfish and other water creatures with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority  and  to build  with humungous Lego and try out a 3D printer with Lego2Learn’s, Dave Melville. Many children happily collected Earth Day temporary tattoos on their faces,  personally-crafted button-badges on their shirts and mini seed pots in  their hands, planted with Irene Scott and the Kemptville Horticultural Society.

The Electric Vehicle Showcase drew in people from far and wide keen to check out the dozen or so electric cars, chat with their owners and even take a couple for a test drive. Informative seminars each hour were well-attended and  laid out the financial and environmental case for switching to electric vehicles.

Thanks to the committed group of volunteers whose dedication allowed us to pull off such an enjoyable  and successful event and to our team of student volunteers who ran children’s activities, washed the lunch dishes and greeted visitors as they arrived. Sustainable North Grenville is proud to Act Local, Build Relationships and Create Community for a more resilient future.

Two Rivers at Fair Friends FFC 2015 South NAtion Conservation 2015