Annual Earth Day celebration to be held Sunday at SCC
For more than a decade, visitors from all over the state have enjoyed learning about Mother Earth at the annual Somerset Community College Earth Day Celebration. This year, the 12th year for the event, promises to be bigger and better than ever. Visitors of all ages have the opportunity to learn about reptiles, birds, butterflies, bees, chickens, trees, rabbits, fish, flint, water, alternative energy, composting, innovative inventions and much more at the celebration.
SCC's Earth Day Celebration is free and open to the public on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Rain or shine, exhibitors will be set up all over the SCC Somerset North Campus, located at 808 Monticello Street in Somerset.
SCC faculty, staff and students are working together to bring environmental techniques, exhibits, demonstrations, food and contests to campus for the event. In total, visitors should expect more than 60 exhibitors, many with hands-on activities or demonstrations.
Music for the event will be provided by Junior Flores, Devin Phelps and Ron Mace, Tyler Cobb, and Wanda Fries. A free rain barrel raffle will also be held, with the winners taking home one of several rain barrels painted by SCC students.
The 2017 Earth Day Celebration at SCC will feature several new exhibits, as well as some regular crowd favorites. A few of the new exhibits include:
- Joe Stueker, of the Hardin County Early College and Career Center, and students demonstrating their innovative invention using recycled bottles to charge phones;
- Lincoln County Bunny Scouts, the 4-H rabbit club, with a bunny hopping course and rabbit showing.
- Cub Scout Pack 134 (Bear Den) demonstrating Wiggly Worm Composting;
- WareHouse Farm exhibiting composting and natural fertilizers with their goat, named "Thistle;"
- Ed Huffman, operator of Stewards of the Land Forestry Service, with kapping flint to produce tools or weapons;
- Judah Short and Southwestern High School with free water bottles and education on plastic waste;
- David Coffey and students demonstrating alternative energy sources such as a wind turbine, solar energy and more;
- SCC faculty member Eric Wooldridge and his 3D printing students showcasing Additive Manufacturing and Sustainability.
In addition to new exhibits, crowd favorites such as the tree giveaway, butterfly house, baby chick display, nature trek (with free T-shirts while supplies last), seed planting activity, paddlefish, beekeeping, planetarium show, Angora rabbit yard spinning, organic farming, environmental disasters, native plants, eco-conscious pet care, recycling and more are returning in 2017.
Winners of the annual photography contest, hosted by the SCC Fruit of the Lens photography club, will be recognized at the Earth Day Celebration. This year's theme is "Birds and Friends." Cash prizes will be given to the top three Nash Black photo award winners. The contest is named to recognize club members Irene Black and Ford Nashett, who write under the pen name Nash Black.
Artists from all over the region have also had the chance to compete is the SCC PRIDE Club's smART art show. Entrants to the show must have used at least half recycles material in their creation. Entries will be showcased at the Earth Day Celebration and winners will be announced that day. First prize includes a cash award, T-shirt and a rain barrel.
Some exhibitors will have plants, goods, produce and more available for purchase at the event. Wildcat Mountain Cheese, for example, will have cheese for sale and will also demonstrate cheese making. A mini Market on Main will be held, and food will be available for purchase through Ruckel's Food Truck. Somerset 106.1 FM will also be doing a live broadcast from the event from noon to 2 p.m.
A complete list of exhibits can be found on the SCC Earth Day webpage or SCC's Facebook page, under events. The Earth Day Celebration at SCC will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact Loris Sherman at (606) 451-6855.