Earth Fair returning to SM East for 14th year Saturday

Recently the Earth Fair has featured a parking lot full of hybrid and electric vehicles.
Recently the Earth Fair has featured a parking lot full of hybrid and electric vehicles.

If it’s spring in northeast Johnson County, it’s time for the Prairie Village Earth Fair.

The annual celebration of sustainability returns to SM East Saturday for its 14th year. This year’s theme is “(en)Lighten your footprint,” and will focus on imparting information on immediate actions attendees can take to reduce their impact on the environment. More than 50 exhibitors will be on hand showing off environment-friendly products, animals, and hybrid and electric vehicles.

This year’s entertainment schedule at the fair is as follows:

  • 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m Green Swing Band, front corridor
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. StoneLion Puppet Theatre, roaming
  • 11-11:35 a.m. Belinder Elementary School Choir, Main Gym
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Eco Elvis, Main Gym

Featured presentation will be:

  • 10:30-11 a.m. “Green Pocketbook: Shopping with the Environment in Mind” – Kristin Riott, Bridging the Gap
  • 12:30-1 p.m. “Butterflies and Pollinators Need You: How You Can Help in Your Own Backyard” – Monarch Watch
  • 1-1:30 p.m. “Water Wise Perennial, Native and Edible Landscaping” – Steve Mann, Prairie Ecosystems Management
  • 1:30-2 p.m. “Environmental Stewardship: The Fair Trade Difference” – Mary Jorgenon and Linda Zemke, Ten Thousand Villages

In addition to the exhibitions and presentations, the event will include the SM East Used Books Sale, which will benefit the school’s library, and the SHARE 3R (ReCycle, RePurpose, ReUse) Sale, a garage sale fundraiser that benefits SHARE’s tutoring and mentoring programs in the Shawnee Mission School District.

The event will run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the SM East Gymnasium.