Piedmont Environmental Alliance, the nonprofit organizer of the 11th Annual Piedmont Earth Day Fair, anticipates a crowd of more than 10,000 visitors at the event on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds from 10 AM–5PM. With the support of local sponsors and community partners, organizers are planning a robust program full of interactive children’s activities, live entertainment, environmental workshops, live debates and more than 100 earth-friendly exhibitors — all free to the public.
This year’s entertainment line-up is sure to appeal to a variety of musical tastes, from folk to funk. Guests of the fair will tap their feet and clap their hands along with performers Love & Valor, Doug Davis, Colin Cutler, Barrie Howard, and Emily Stewart & The Baby Teeth. Students from Twin Cities String Academy will also perform at the Fair.
Americana-flavored indie band Love & Valor will welcome guests as they arrive at the Fair, kicking off the music for the day. Doug Davis, a singer-songwriter and southern americana style musician, will keep the music going through the morning. Emily Stewart & The Baby Teeth are back to provide another Earth Day Fair with original tunes rooted in the folk, country, and blues traditions of the deep South. Colin Cutler will entertain guests at lunchtime, with music rooted deep in Appalachian folk, country, and blues. Fairgoers will end the day with the boogie, blues, and Americana stylings of Barrie Howard, guaranteed to bring a happy feeling to listeners at this year’s Earth Day Fair.
“Our entertainment coordinator Helen Peplowski has done a phenomenal job lining up local talent from a variety of genres, backgrounds and ages,” said PEA Event Director Jamie Maier. “We have talented child performers and seasoned professionals. There’s something for everyone!”
The theme of this year’s fair is “Eat. Drink. Think.” aimed at educating the public on the importance of sustainable food systems. “We can produce healthful food that’s good for our bodies and the planet, without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same,” said Piedmont Environmental Alliance’s Board President Valerie Lecoeur. “Our goal at the 2016 Piedmont Earth Day Fair is to educate the public about the ways we can support and enjoy the benefits of sustainable food in our everyday lives.”
New this year at the Fair, high school students from across Forsyth County will participate in the final round of the first annual Environmental Debate Tournament, hosted by Piedmont Environmental Alliance and Wake Debate. Mayor Allen Joines will join a panel of judges for the debate, in which students will argue the merits of large-scale industrial agriculture versus small-scale organic farming. Piedmont Environmental Alliance’s debate program, funded in part by grants from the Winston Salem Foundation, the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund, Wells Fargo, and Great Outdoor Provision Company, is inspiring the next generation of social change leaders by providing local high school and college students opportunities to engage in competitive, academic debate on leading environmental issues.
“Debate is a fun and powerful way for students to develop their critical thinking skills, question the status quo, and deepen their understanding of important issues. That’s why we are so excited to be part of bringing debate on environmental topics to students in Forsyth County,” said Maier.