Junction City Starts "Green Fair" on April 10th

By: From 13 News
By: From 13 News

JUNCTION CITY -- Junction City’s first Green Fair will take place from 9:00 till 3:00 this Saturday, April 10th, at the Municipal Building, 7th and Washington Streets. Sponsored by the Geary Community Sustainability Council, the fair will feature exhibits by area businesses and agencies, seminars on a wide variety of energy- and environment-related topics, on-site recycling, and a host of children’s activities.

The primary focus of the fair is to provide information on the small things individuals can do in their homes and offices to save resources and dollars and to lessen our negative impact on the environment. The list of exhibitors currently includes Pro Energy Consultants, Westar Energy, the City of Junction City/America in Bloom, Geary County Conservation District, Geary County K-State Research and Extension, Junction City/Geary County Health Department, Sertoma Club, People´s Grocery Cooperative, Munson Premium Angus Beef, Hildebrand Farms Dairy, Dorothy Bramlage Public Library, Friends of Animals, Milford Nature Center, the Sierra Club, and the Junction City Rodeo Association.

Half hour seminars will also be scheduled in two locations in the building from 9:30 to 1:45. These include: Kim Bomberger,K-State Forestry Service on sustainable forestry; Ruth Miller, Kansas Rural Center, on renewable energy; David Springe, Citizens’ Utility Ratepayer Board, on consumer energy efficiency; Katie Miller, Kansas Rural Watershed, on rangeland burning; David Sampson, Oakgrove Fabrications, on solar pumps and wind turbines; Annie Baker, Konza Prairie Biological Station, on sustainability of the Konza Prairie; Ray Hammerlund, Kansas Corporation Commission, on the state of energy; and Gary Hogset, energy engineer, on home building and remodeling.

In addition to the exhibits and presentations, several on-site recycling opportunities will also be available including household hazardous waste, e-waste and everyday recyclables such as #1 and #2 plastics, aluminum and steel cans, newspapers, magazines, telephone books, and paper as identified in the Public Works portion of the Geary County web site at http://ks-geary.manatron.com/. The Friends of Animals will also be collecting clean, used blankets, towels, and bath mats along with functioning animal crates and carriers while the Sertoma Club will be collecting used hearing aids. Tentative plans also call for the collection of used cell phones by Verizon Wireless.

A variety of children’s activities will also be offered throughout the fair. These include stations for planting grass and native flower seeds, learning all about worms and how they help us, making a bird feeder, and participating in a recycle relay. In addition, the Community Involvement Unit of the Junction City Police Department will sponsor a bike rodeo and the Junction City Fire Department will have their fire education trailer on site from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Fairgoers will also have an opportunity to win a compost tumbler which has been donated for the event. Proceeds will be used to help provide recycling at Sundown Salute, Junction City’s annual Fourth of July celebration.

For more information about the Green Fair, please contact Chuck Otte, Geary County K-State Research and Extension at 238-4161 or by email at cotte@ksu.edu.

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