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Evans Environmental Fair April 6 provides education and solutions

Environmental fair-goers at a previous fair check out one of the tables set-up. This year’s fair is the sixth time it’s being put on, and has a wide variety of organizations and presentations planned.
The sixth annual Evans Environmental Fair will be held this weekend at the Evans Center Fire Hall, offering information on recycling, hazardous clean-ups and energy saving strategies.

Exhibits at the fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 and admission is free. A number of organizations, vendors and several speakers will be on hand to discuss topics ranging from energy saving windows and doors to radon contamination in the home, said Rose Trask, chairman of the Town of Evans Recycling Committee.

“There’s a lot going on this year,” she said.

The fair is sponsored by the Evans Recycling Committee, the Evans Grange and the Evans Conservation Committee.

“It’s all volunteer,” Trask said. “We collectively put on this project, and we’ve been doing it for about six years. There’s a lot of volunteer organization on the project.”

The challenge in the beginning was to get people to set-up at the fair. As the years have gone by, the same vendors and organizations return with new faces in the mix as well, Trask said.

Some of the organizations who will be set-up at the fair include Penn Dixie, who will be providing a fossil dig for children, UNYTS, who will provide information on organ donation and an entire section having to do with environmental parks and recreation.

“It’s a real variety of things,” Trask said. “Anything environmental.”

The first 200 people attending the fair will receive a free energy saver gift. Door prizes will also be given out every hour, and everyone who attends the fair will have a chance at winning a 42-inch flat screen TV that was donated by Walmart, Trask said.

A truck will be on-site for electronics recycling, like TVs and smaller items. The Green Zone will also be at the fair, recycling deposit containers for a donation to the local Boys and Girls Club.

Crafts and face painting will also be available for children, Trask said.

The Evans Center Boy Scouts and Explorers will be serving a pancake breakfast at the fair from 9 to 11 a.m. The breakfast will cost $3.50 for adults, and $2.50 for children. Lunch will also be available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While putting on the fair may have been a struggle some years, the continuity of it keeps people coming back, Trask said.

“A lot of people look forward to it now because we’ve kept it going,” she said.
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