The Brown Family Environmental Center at Kenyon College is proud to host the 10th Annual Earth Day Festival in Knox County Ohio in conjunction with its community partners - Knox County Health Department, Knox County Park District, Knox County Recycling & Litter Prevention and OSU Extension Knox County.
The Earth Day Festival celebrates healthy living for ourselves and our world – two goals that go hand-in-hand. Enjoy entertainment while connecting with resources for green, healthy living, plus support our economy and community by shopping with local producers of food and green products.
This unique, FREE event will feature:
* Over 90 exhibitors and vendors
* Kid's activity zone, including Crunch Out Obesity demo with United Way
* Live music by Goslee Reed and Kean
* Farm market vendors & live farm animals
* Local artisans offering upcycled products
* Free health screenings
* Local food concessions by AVI, Kenyon's local food partner
* Raffle to WIN A BICYCLE from Y-Not Cycling!
In cooperation with our generous sponsors!
This year’s theme of “Healthy Inside & Out” focuses on being good to your body and your world with indoor activities like recycling or reducing energy use, and outdoor activities like taking a walk and enjoying nature.
Spending time in green space is known to reduce blood pressure and symptoms of ADHD, depression, and anxiety, while improving cognitive power and cooperation. Plus, it helps young people develop a sense of stewardship for our world.
Visitors are encouraged to Bike It! to the event OR take part in the 4-Miler run/walk to get moving (see below). At the event, they will enjoy hands-on nature, learn how to bring nature into their backyards with native plants, and find Knox County spots for getting outdoors (including at the BFEC). Visitors will also have an opportunity to take small steps for green living with Kenyon's Office of Green Initiatives and for health with the Get Healthy Knox County Coalition. See the community event calendar for more opportunities after the festival.
Celebrate Earth Day with your feet! Participants of all abilities are invited to walk, run or a little of both for a 4-mile race or 1/2 marathon, both starting at 8 am. The course winds through the historic Kenyon College campus and then the Kokosing Gap Trail for 1/2 marathon runners. After the race, celebrate your accomplishment with great post-race amenities and the Earth Day Festival. To register, visit http://www.racepenguin.com/event/earthdaychallenge/ and contact Amanda Krampf with questions at krampfa
Event sponsor Knox Area Transit will offer shuttles to and from the Festival for $1 per ride from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Shuttles will pick up riders at the top and bottom of the hour, starting at 9:00am, at these locations: Mount Vernon High School stadium, Columbia Elementary School, the CA&C Depot, Mount Vernon’s downtown square, Riverside Park, Dan Emmett Elementary and the Hiawatha Water Park.
Do something that’s good for yourself and the planet: ride your bike to the Earth Day Festival! From 10am - 2pm on the 17th, the Knox County Park District will help launch your ride from the CA&C Depot at 501 South Main Street in Mount Vernon, and will give away 30 kid's helmets (first-come, first served). All participants will receive cinch-sacks donated by the YMCA and water bottles donated by the Kenyon Bookstore. After enjoying the 4-mile ride on the scenic Kokosing Gap Trail flanked by woodlands and the Kokosing River, riders can park at the event bike corral hosted by K-Bikes.
Knox County Recycling & Litter Prevention, DKMM Solid Waste District, and the Kenyon Office of Green Initiatives are teaming up to offer this special collection event just around the corner from the Festival. Find it at the Gambier Community Center, 115 Meadow Lane, Gambier from 10am - 2pm on April 17.
While celebrating Earth Day is a fine endeavor, we've pulled together a calendar of events at Kenyon and in the community to help you continue to connect and learn from mid-April through June.
The Earth Day Festival will strive to be a zero-waste event. That means that all materials coordinated by Earth Day Festival organizers (such as concessions food containers) will be reusable, recyclable, or compostable. Visitors are invited to join us in this effort! Volunteers will staff recycling sorting stations to help visitors determine the appropriate bin for discarding material. Visitors are also encouraged to bring reusable items with them, such as water bottles that can be refilled, to help us cut down on discarded material. The Knox County Recycling & Litter Prevention office will also be on hand to help visitors who are curious about reducing waste at home.
Curious who will be exhibiting and vending at the Earth Day Festival? Check out featured exhibitors below, or see our list of past exhibitors and those who have signed up so far this year.