Annual Earth Day Celebration to be held on the campus of Somerset Community College

kids at Earth DayThe 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.

Also scheduled for the celebration:

  • Local resident and former SCC student John Brainard is bringing demonstrations of solar panels for home use.
  • Somerset Recycling representatives will demonstrate products generated from recycled material.
  • Science professionals from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pulaski County Conservation District, Kentucky Divisions of Water, Air Quality and Fish and Wildlife will have demonstrations.
  • The Kentucky Division of Forestry is partnering with the U.S. Forest Service to provide over 1,000 tree seedlings for the public to take home for planting.
  • SCC faculty member Eric Wooldridge and engineering students will discuss 3-D printing and how it can be used to construct an entire house. This technology is now a reality and not just a theoretical application of this amazing new technology.
  • The Kentucky Reptile Zoo staff will bring several different examples of their animals.
  • Cosmetology program students and instructors will be offering free face painting.
  • SCC’s Fruit of the Lens photography club contest winners will be recognized.
  • Members of the Lake Cumberland Beekeepers Association, the Master Gardeners, local Farmers Market members and Jamie Aramini from Market on Main will be on hand to talk about how their activities represent sustainable practices.
  • The City of Somerset is bringing their natural gas powered vehicles and SCC technical program instructors will be available to discuss hybrid and electric vehicles.
  • A special treat will be the presentation by Chief Rudy Soaring Hawk and other members of the Turtle Clan of Native American regalia, beading, drumming and flute playing.