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Evans Environmental Fair will be bigger and better than ever

EVANS — The town of Evans will kick off the seventh annual Evans Environmental Fair from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 29.

Admission is free for the event, which is a combined effort of the Evans Grange, Evans Recycling Committee and the Conservation Commission.

Evans Town Board Member Paul Cooper said that this year’s fair will be bigger and better than ever. “We’ve got ... around two dozen innovative and exciting exhibits that will feature people talking about different ways to save energy and different things people can do in their community,” he said.

This year’s fair will expand upon its existing offerings, and play host to a number of seminars and workshops. Hazman will discuss proper disposal of paints and household hazardous waste; Erie County Soil and Water will present sustaining agriculture; representatives from Erie County Northeast Southtowns Solid Waste Management will cover radon and the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle; Unyts will discuss blood, tissue and organ donations and the United States Department of Agriculture will talk about invasive species.

“The workshops are important because, take for example radon gas, something that’s very prevalent in our area because we have the shale underneath our homes and whatnot,” Cooper said. “This workshop will teach you what can you do, how can you detect radon in your homes and what can you do about it, to prevent any negative effects on your health.”

He said that he believes the invasive species talk will be interesting as well, because of the “species coming into our area, whether they are vegetation or fear or threat of wildlife. This is something that’s very important to people in our area. Hopefully this workshop will shed some light on what people can do, who they can talk to [and] what they should be looking for.”

Attendants of this year’s fair will also have the chance to win a door prize, a brand new garden gazebo. National Fuel has provided the fair with insulation bags full of Great Stuff™ insulation and other foam sealants.

“Through the generous donation of Evans Ace Hardware, they’re donating our grand prize,” Cooper said. “We appreciate the efforts of Evans Ace and so many of our local businesses who contributed to this. Evans Ace is a typical example of a local business that gives back to the community and they really are concerned with the quality of life, here in Evans.”

This year, the traditional pancake breakfast will be replaced by a chicken barbecue, hosted by local Boy Scouts. The meal will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until sold out. Coffee and other snacks will also be available, during the fair.

An electronic waste drop-off will be hosted outside the venue, weather permitting.

“There have been a lot of questions about the electronic recycling drop off, and yes we will be picking up E-waste items again, this year,” Cooper said. “We will have our parks department truck at the fair and we will collect electronics at the site. Hopefully the weather breaks, by this point.”

Cooper said that the return of Penn Dixie representatives will be a fair highlight. These individuals will host an on-site fossil dig for children. “They bring in a display and kids will be able to dig through the sand, to uncover fossils that they can bring home with them,” Cooper said. “It’s a very entertaining, educational event for the entire family.”

Cooper said that the Evans Environmental Fair is open to residents of all neighboring municipalities. “We hope folks will come out and join us, and we have extended the invitation to neighboring communities,” he said. “It’s not just Evans, but anyone from Hamburg, Eden, Lake View, Brant, North Collins: if they are concerned with their environment, we would welcome them. This isn’t just an Evans thing.”

The fair will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on March 29 at the Evans Center Volunteer Fire Company, located on Erie Road in Angola.

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