The North Grenville Sustainability Fair is known for its fun and friendly family atmosphere and this year will be no exception! Taking place on Sunday, April 22 from 10 am – 3 pm at the North Grenville Municipal Centre, this FREE event features market-style booths, engaging kid’s activities, live music, delicious food, informative presentations and a huge electric vehicle show!
The kid’s area will be buzzing with activity again this year. Take part in hands-on activities such as seed-planting, button-making, knot-tying, scientific observation and more! Join art and imagination guru, Anne Walsh, between 10 am and 1 pm in the Kid’s Zone for some recycling creativity. Based on the book, “Not a Box”, by Antoinette Portis, Anne will provide boxes and craft materials, encouraging children to use their imaginations and transform the boxes into meaningful objects. Find the kid’s area in the south-west corner of the main hall.
Organized by citizen-volunteer group, Sustainable North Grenville, the fair seeks to showcase a cross-section of community life keeping in mind the three pillars of sustainability: – economy, environment and socio-cultural engagement. Among the nearly 40 booths in the main hall, you will find participants who embody one or more of these pillars: local area business owners, artisans and entrepreneurs, environmental groups and conservation experts and not-for profit and community support groups.
The Sustainability Fair is a delight for all the senses with visual treats from local artists, tempting aromas and tasty morsels from Chef Bruce Enloe’s local organic food concession and locally-grown musical talent from Bella Borealis, Alexis Earl, Amanda Giles and Guitar Bruce Enloe (not to be confused with Chef Bruce Enloe!) PLUS get up close and personal with an amazing array of Electric cars on the North Arena floor; get a feel for how they operate and hear how quiet they are!
The Electric Car EVent has been a growing part of the fair for several years and has now become a huge draw in its own right; it is the most comprehensive E.V. show between Toronto and Montreal – not bad for little old Kemptville! This year peruse over 18 different models of E.V. and get the lowdown from the horse’s mouth, as local area owners proudly show and share their experiences with their vehicles. Test drives (conditions apply) have been confirmed with the following 2018 cars: Chevrolet Volt (Myers Kemptville), Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid (Barrhaven Honda), Toyota Prius (Tony Graham Toyota). A full line-up of presentations will take place throughout the day. Electric Vehicle presentations will be in the North Arena where the electric cars are on display. Our featured Fair presenters will be speaking in Meeting Room 1, which can be found at the top of the stairs from the lobby and to your left.
10.30 am, Meeting Room 1 (upstairs),Meredith Luce, Raising Organic Meat Rabbits
10.30 am, NORTH ARENA, Gérard Gavrel, Building an Electric Car
11.30 am, Meeting Room 1 (upstairs), Sean Ward, Composting 101
11.30 am, NORTH ARENA, Aaron Loiselle, Testing Electric and Plug-In Cars at Environment and Climate Change Canada
12.30 pm, Meeting Room 1 (upstairs), Bill Kemp, Living Off the Electrical Grid
1:30 pm, NORTH ARENA, Jeff Goodman,Electric Cars: The Battery
Last, but not least, remember to bring your electronic waste for recycling!
The North Grenville Scouts will be partnering with the Kemptville Youth Centre to help divert e-waste from our municipality and raise funds for the various youth programs Scouts and KYC run in our community. Bring your e-waste to the parking lot of the Municipal Centre on the day of the Fair from 9.00am-2.30pm. They will be on hand to sort it for you! Among the many items that they will accept are computers and their accessories, televisions, cameras, cell phones, audio and video players. Visit Recycle Your Electronics : (www.recyclemyelectronics.ca/on/what-can-i-recycle/) to see the complete list of electronics that can be recycled.
Celebrate Earth Day with Sustainable North Grenville – bring your family, friends & neighbours and find out what makes North Grenville such a great place to live and grow!