Take a hike, fly a kite at Earth Friendly Fair

Think spring, get outside, bring the kids and learn about “Something Greater Than Yourself” at the Earth Friendly Fair on Saturday, April 20 at Anoka Ramsey Community College-Cambridge Campus.

This third annual event will feature vendors and exhibitors, presenters on organic gardening and alternative energy and plenty of children’s activities from a scavenger hunt to kite flying. Sponsored by the college’s e-club, the event begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m. in the food court on the lower level.

Everyone is invited; admission is free.

Fair promoter Amanda Anderson believes visitors will join in her excitement over the presenters, such as Sam Villella who will talk about electric cars, geothermal and solar power as ways to keep your energy independence.

His presentation reflects the lifestyle choice he jumped on board with back in the 1970s. He lives in a house and drives a car that are eco-friendly, as everything he does in life, Anderson said.

Fairgoers also can dive into “Deep Gardening: Nutrition Lives Underground,” a presentation by Bruce Bacon and Seamus Fitzgerald of Garden Farme.

“Deep gardening is not just organic gardening,” Anderson noted. “Bruce and Seamus break it down to purifying the dirt before you garden. It’s important to keep run-off and other things from affecting clean and pure soil. They talk about how to check and maintain the soil without going to the store for herbicides and pesticides.”

The third presenter is Cambridge Campus student and e-club member David Ritchie, whose message in “Do it Yourself, Make a Difference” is sure to enlighten minds about another kind of independence. Living with a disability and wheelchair for mobility, neither has held him back from enjoying Mother Earth. Just ask polar explorer Will Steger who’s had Ritchie up at his extraordinary compound near Ely.

“To make a difference isn’t just about other people; it starts with yourself,” said Anderson of what Ritchie has learned and shares with others.

Turning to events, the Earth Friendly Fair includes a raffle for prizes, music by Aubrey Olson, live studio art, poetry readings by students, nature walk with Brad Wold and perhaps a little surprise to be unveiled Saturday.

Families with children are encouraged to come early, since a scavenger hunt for kids is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Other children’s activities include a 100-meter dash, kite flying, pottery with Ruth, reading camp with Bonnie, arts and crafts with Rebecca and face painting.

“It’s important to involve kids in events that bring awareness to appreciating and preserving the environment,” Anderson said. “It might be cliche to say, but they are our future, and we need to get them while they’re young. It’s our biggest chance to make a difference.”

For more on the Earth Friendly Fair, visit the Facebook page: Environmental Club at ARCC.