Annual Piedmont Earth Day Fair


Offering Seniors an Opportunity to Learn & Volunteer

Seniors have a chance to both volunteer for their community and learn about our environment at the annual Piedmont Earth Day Fair on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. The festival, hosted by local non-profit organization Piedmont Environmental Alliance (PEA), is packed with fun and interactive activities and programs for all ages, an impressive music lineup, great food, and more than 100 earth-friendly vendors and exhibitors – all free to the public.

This year, many of the Fair’s featured activities will focus on our most vital resource – water – with the theme Every Drop Counts. “Water is the basis for life, yet one in ten people lack access to clean, safe drinking water,” said PEA Executive Director Jamie Maier. “Our goal at the 2017 Piedmont Earth Day Fair is to educate the community about ways to keep our water clean and minimize our water consumption.”

Fairgoers can also bring younger family members to help the “next generation” learn about the environment through top-notch children’s activities including water play, arts and crafts, face-painting, and yoga.

“This is also a great way for seniors to volunteer with kids, by helping to plant the seed of environmental awareness that can start even at a very early age,” said Maier.

Adult fairgoers will enjoy free environmentally-themed demonstrations focused on practical tips for conserving water at home and in the garden. They can learn what plants can resist drought, what new technologies can reduce your water bill, and more. Experts will also present information about local creeks and ponds, answering questions like: Why are urban creeks important? How can I help prevent soil erosion?  Leave the fair with useful skills and knowledge that can immediately be put into action to positively impact the environment.

Attendees will enjoy tapping their feet to music throughout the Fair. North Carolina bands Farewell Friend and Love & Valor will play Americana-flavored indie rock. Singer-songwriters Sarah Howell, Carries Paz, and Laura Jane Vincent will perform folk music and Barrie Howard will get people moving to boogie, blues and Americana.

Fairgoers will have the chance to see Piedmont Environmental Alliance’s programs in action at this year’s Fair. Since launching the Piedmont Earth Day Fair in 2005, PEA has become a leader in local environmental education for students grades K-12, with programs that build skills in science, math, and leadership, and teach kids and teens to make environmentally sustainable and socially responsible lifestyle choices. PEA’s environmental education programs – Energy Explorers, Every Drop Counts, and Environmental Debate – engaged more than 3,500 students in the 2016-2017 school year, promoting academic achievement, environmental stewardship, and civic engagement. The Environmental Debate Program will be featured at the “Live Debate” tent, where high school students from across the region will be participating in the final round of the second 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 determine whether we should re-use waste water as drinking water.

The Fair still needs lots of volunteers. 

To sign up, visit or email For more information and a schedule of Earth Day events, visit


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