The Brown Family Environmental Center at Kenyon College is proud to host the 9th Annual Earth Day Festival in Knox County Ohio in conjunction with its community partners - Knox County Health Department, Knox County Park District and OSU Extension Knox County.
Celebrate Earth Day by shopping green, enjoying entertainment and connecting with groups that support healthy living for ourselves and our world. This unique, FREE event will feature:
• Over 90 exhibitors and vendors
• Kid's activities
• Live music from the Rain Crows
• Farm marketers & live farm animals
• Local artisans offering upcycled products
• Free health screenings
• Local food concessions by AVI, Kenyon's local food partner
The Earth Day Festival team has added a series of demos to the event schedule that focus on healthy eating. Eating vegetables is clearly good for you, but did you know that what you eat can also affect the air you breathe? Eating food that is local and in-season saves transportation energy, making our skies clearer and supporting our community and economy. Learn to Grow, Eat, Compost, Repeat!
GROW: Event goers will be invited to pot-up veggie and herb seeds for a "windowsill" garden with the help of OSU Extension Master Gardeners. In addition, Master Gardener Jean Tahyi will present "Upcycled Container Gardening" at noon in the Kenyon Athletic Center Theater.
EAT: AVI Food Services, Kenyon's local food partner, will feature Chef Meagan Worth-Cappell in a cooking demo at 1 p.m. to share what to do with those veggies and herbs you just seeded.
COMPOST: After eating that delicious meal, the best place for uncooked parts of the plants you harvested are in the compost of course! Master Gardeners will present a demo on easy home composting at 11 a.m.
REPEAT: Your finished compost will be the perfect start for seeding those veggies again next year.
PLUS: The United Way of Knox County will present an energetic "Crunch Out Obesity" demo at noon. See a photo of the demo at the 2014 event below.
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. For additional information and to register visit www.premierraces.com.
TEAM GET HEALTHY KNOX COUNTY will offer a $5 discount, plus some camaraderie for those interesting in walking the 4-Mile portion. Visit www.gethealthyknox.org for instructions on how to join the team. Discounts available for the first 50 registrants only.
While celebrating Earth Day is a fine endeavor, we've pulled together a calendar of events at Kenyon and in the community that help you continue with healthy, green living. See the calendar for more opportunities to connect and learn.
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.