8/14/2015 3:21:33 PM
Promoting sustainability throughout the Lowcountry in a fun festival environment, Charleston County Parks’ Carolina Green Fair returns to James Island County Park on Sunday, Sept. 20 from noon – 5 p.m.
The 8th Annual Carolina Green Fair continues its mission to educate and encourage South Carolinians to use environmentally friendly products, services and technologies. As the premier festival sponsor, Charleston County’s Environmental Management Department will highlight the County’s green initiatives like recycling and composting, and also educate residents on the many offerings available to make their homes and businesses more eco-friendly.
This year, the Carolina Green Fair continues a project that inspires local youth to take action. Sponsored by the Bosch Community Grant, the Green Fair Community Stewardship Project engages students to come up with new stewardship ideas to benefit the community. Project funding is provided to various Lowcountry schools. Stop by the festival’s project showcase to see some powerful young minds in action, and then see the presentation of the grant winners on stage at 2 p.m.!
Carolina Green Fair attendees can also take advantage of attractions at James Island County Park like the Climbing Wall, slacklining, and mountain biking, making this year’s fair fun for a wide variety of interests. New at this year’s Green Fair, attendees are invited to try out Stand Up Paddleboarding water-based fitness classes on the lake! On Purpose Adventures will offer Bubble Soccer on site for all ages. Attendees to this year’s Green Fair are also invited to attend The Peace Walk. Hosted by the Branch of Peace Foundation, this walk event aims to “exercise” the values of peace and environmental sustainability.
The Carolina Green Fair also includes KidZone and Eco-Carnival areas featuring activities and games from local non-profit organizations to entertain the little ones. Families can explore wildlife exhibits on site from The Center for Birds of Prey. The Charleston Animal Society will bring out some wonderful animals that are up for adoption.
Additionally, the Carolina Green Fair will offer opportunities to shop for environmentally-friendly products. Festival-goers can watch food and cooking demonstrations by local chefs from many favorite Lowcountry restaurants. There will also be dozens of exhibitors, artisans and vendors at the festival, and plenty of refreshments will be on hand for purchase.
This year, festival-goers can enjoy a lineup of live music performances on stage throughout the day. The 2015 festival entertainment schedule is:
- 1:00 p.m.: Katie Rose
- 2:30 p.m.: Yellowknife
- 4:00 p.m.: The Lowhills
On hand to make sure nothing goes to waste will be Eco-Products and Food Waste Disposal, who provides compostable paper products and sort waste for delivery to Charleston County’s Bees Ferry Compost Facility. On average, the fair diverts an incredible 97% of its waste from landfills and has set the standard for other large-scale events working toward green initiatives, including the park’s Lowcountry Cajun Festival, which diverted more than 90% of its waste in 2015.
Admission is FREE to the Carolina Green Fair with your $1 gate admission fee to James Island County Park! The Carolina Green Fair is brought to you by Charleston County Environmental Management, Subaru, your Charleston County Parks, and other sponsors and partners. For more information, visit www.CharlestonCountyParks.com.