The simple beauty and the sophisticated complexities of our world will both be explored at Somerset Community College’s Earth Day Celebration.
The annual event will be held on Sunday, April 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. on SCC’s Somerset Campus at 808 Monticello Street, Somerset, KY. Also sponsored by Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, the festivities will feature a fun and educational day packed full of activities, wildlife exhibits, green demonstrations, music, food and more. This event is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine.
The popular rain barrel giveaway will also return to the event. Students in the Student Government Organization representing their individual student clubs have prepared 11 beautifully painted barrels. The project is supported by a grant from the Southeast Environmental Education Alliance. Everyone attending will receive a free ticket for the drawings. Winners must be present and must take the barrel home that day. Barrels will be given away at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
The SCC Culinary Arts program chefs Michael Wells and Ed Nazario will be cooking and serving chicken donated by Keystone Foods of Casey County and salmon donated by Caught Wild of Stanford, Ky. Caught Wild owners Jason and Mary Beth McKinley will be on hand to discuss their sustainable approach to harvesting salmon — which they put into practice every summer in Bristol Bay, Alaska.
As attendees sample the food, they can enjoy live music performed by Wanda Fries and Out Folkin’ Around, Devin Phelps, and Jess & the Blues Co.
While strolling the campus, just one example of what visitors can expect to see is a demonstration of hand-crank generator. SCC faculty member David Coffey and his students will use the generator to show the differences in energy efficiency of various types of light bulbs. They will also show how a bicycle-powered generator can power home appliances.
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