Want to go?
• WHAT: Green Fair
• WHEN: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. April 16
• WHERE: Main Street School, 80 E. Main St., Norwalk
• COST: Free
• INFO: 419-663-6783 or norwalkoh.com/living_in_norwalk/green_team.html
Earth Day may be on April 22 this year, but local folks looking to learn more about recycling and more can do so at the fourth annual Green Fair, taking place from 8 a.m. to noon April 16 at the Main Street School in Norwalk.
“The Green Fair is where we get a lot of different green vendors to come out and show people what they’ve got as far as green products or green cars,” said Norwalk Zoning Officer Michelle Reeder, who will soon be named assistant finance director for the city. “Just anybody that does green practices is hopefully coming out to display what they have to offer. We also are going to have a 5K race that day. We have rain barrel workshops and master gardeners putting on a demonstration. We have a bounce house for the kids to play in, and just a lot of other different things going on.”
The Green Fair is the work of the city’s Green Team, a collaboration between the city of Norwalk, local industry, area farmers and private citizens with the goal to improve the community, environment and economy through better use and understanding of green energy.
In the past, the event has attracted upwards of 400 people. However, Reeder is optimistic new attractions can increase that number. This includes adding the 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run last year and the kids’ bounce house this year.
“The Green Team is doing this out of our concern of going green and doing our part to get people to think outside of the box and have a new way of doing things,” Reeder said. “So for example, with the rain barrels, that program has grown every year. We only used to have one workshop last year on making the rain barrels, and this year we have two.”
“The rain barrels are intended for people to water their lawn or garden and they’re not paying for city water at that point. They can use that to water their yard or garden at no cost, and it’s also better for your plants and grass because there are no chemicals added.”
Reeder said the city is currently enticing people to recycle at home more by lowering the cost of home garbage pickup. For instance, each residence is allowed three bags or cans of garbage per pickup. For each additional bag or can, a $3 sticker is required. Also, the Green Team is currently exploring a way to offer paper recycling to its business community partners.
“People should be looking at new ideas and keeping their mind open to things they can do to help the environment and possibly even something that can save them some money or help them lead a healthier lifestyle,” Reeder said. “So we’re hoping the Green Fair leaves people feeling energized and motivated to change their lifestyles to promote green practices and to help the environment.”
The fourth annual Green Fair takes place from 8 a.m. to noon at the Main Street School, 80 E. Main St., Norwalk. For more information, call 419-663-6783 or visit norwalkoh.com/living_in_norwalk/green_team.html.