7th graders choose Earth Fair theme
By Joshua Bassett
The eighth annual Poultney Earth Fair is going to be different this year because Poultney Elementary School’s seventh grade class has chosen the theme.
The student’s chosen theme is “Global Changes, Our Actions.”
“Together we’ll explore how small changes in our daily behavior can evolve into a global transformation capable of sustaining all the people on Earth,” said the seventh grade class in a press release.
The event begins at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, with a puppet parade featuring outfits made by former Green Mountain College student Annie Purham for her senior project. The parade starts at Green Mountain College kicking-off the event which continues until 5 p.m. at Poultney High School. It’s free and open to the public.
“Earth Fair attendees will experience live music, 10-minute bike tune-ups by Tim Johnson, art activities, the cool laser-hunting demo, and exciting information about solar and energy efficiency innovations,” said the Earth Fair Committee in a press release.

The popular “scavenger hunt” will be back this year as well, where people visit five booths and then choose a prize, “such as an herb plant from Second Nature Herbs or tie-dying their own T-shirts.”

José Gálvez-Contreras, fair coordinator, said he is excited about this event because the seventh grade students have been working on it for much of the semester. He said they are more involved than last year, and are getting help from local schools such as Castleton State College, Green Mountain College, Poultney Elementary, Poultney High School, businesses and organizations.

The exhibits range from face-painting to mixing chemicals like a chemist would and learning about how watersheds work and how farm runoff can affect rivers, said Gálvez-Contreras.

Food prepared by some of the local schools will be available, along with fresh organic pizza. Other participating partners include Poultney Area Artists’ Guild, Poultney Historical Society, Spruce Knob Uprising, Green Mountain Power’s Energy Innovation Center, Sun Common, Poultney Food Shelf, the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link, Smokey House Center, Rutland Regional Planning Commission, the Nature Conservancy, and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.

Gálvez-Contreras said he has been involved with the fair for five years and is happy it has grown each year and that “everyone brings something new every year.”

For more information, contact José Gálvez-Contreras at [email protected] or call 225-936-9973 or visiting the Annual Poultney Earth Fair page on Facebook.

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