10th Annual Earth Day Celebration to be Held at SCC Sunday, April 19Reptiles, birds, butterflies, bees, kayaks, chickens, lambs, trees, rabbits and more will all be on hand at the 10th annual Somerset Community College Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 19. The event, held each year on the grounds of SCCs Somerset North Campus at 808 Monticello Street in Somerset, will feature over 60 exhibits and displays, including a pop-up Market on Main farmers market.
For ten years, SCC has been partnering with Eastern Kentucky PRIDE to bring environmental techniques, exhibits, demonstrations and contests to Somerset. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. This years event is also sponsored by Somerset Recycling.
Music for the event will be provided by Steven Wilhelm, Consenting Adults, Devin Phelps and the Monticello Elementary Waynetonian Choir. The Waynetonian Choir is a group of third through fifth graders who will be singing patriotic songs, songs from the 50s and 60s and Earth Day songs. SCC Culinary Art program chefs Michael Wells and Ed Nazario will be preparing earth-friendly foods for the event. A free rain barrel raffle will also be held, with the winners taking home one of nine rain barrels for water collection.
This year, Earth Day will feature guest Dave Shuffett, the host of KETs Kentucky Life. Shuffett has received nine Emmy nominations for on-camera performance and producing. He is a native of Greensburg in Green County and a graduate of Murray State University. In 1994, Dave was named Kentucky Conservation Communicator of the Year by the League of Kentucky Sportsmen and the Kentucky Wildlife Federation. In 1995 he went on to pursue his own television series and production company. The resulting series, Outdoors with Dave Shuffett, was syndicated nationally.
Dave joined Kentucky Life in the summer of 1999 for the series' sixth season, replacing former host Byron Crawford. He was always accompanied by one of his dogs. The last few seasons featured Toby, a golden retriever. Toby will also be on hand at Earth Day.Dave is also the author of My Kentucky Life, a collection of his photos and stories of people and places throughout the state.
At Earth Day, Shuffett will be meeting with visitors and selling and signing books. He will host two presentations: the first about his favorites stories through the years; the second about the behind-the-scenes making of a TV series.
The 10th annual Earth Day Celebration at SCC will feature several new exhibits, as well as some regular crowd favorites.
The Kentucky Reptile Zoo will be on hand with their scaly ambassadors and the Liberty Nature Center, a leading wildlife rehabilitation and education center, will bring raptors and other birds for attendees to see.
Jerry Hash, UK Agriculture Extension Agent, will be doing home energy demonstrations and Joe Montgomery, who has been partnering with SCC on the event since its inception, will be attending with Soil Conservation District activities. The US Forest Service will be giving out trees, potted plants will be handed out, and, thanks to the SCC Ecology PRIDE club, attendees will even have the chance to take home Painted Lady and Monarch butterfly larvae and milkweed seeds.
In addition, Alyce Grovers Lil Bo Pup Fiber Farm and Fabufelt Fibers will be at the Earth Day Celebration with displays, two exhibitors will have fair trade products, the Appalachian Agriculture and Garden Center will host a display on hydroponic gardens, the Pulaski County Humane Society will have a display on green-friendly pet living and waste disposal and topics such as safe pill disposal will also be discussed.
New this year, Susan Powell, an experienced kayak instructor, will be on hand to demonstrate kayaking techniques as part of Adventure Paddle Sport Association
Four contests will be held the SCC Earth Day Celebration.
A RePurpose/UpCycle contest will be accepting entries the day before the event. Anything from plastic bottles and cork repurposed into bird feeders or Christmas tree skirts upcycled into holiday capes or other common throw away items turned into uncommon objects will be accepted. Entries should be delivered to Meece Hall Auditorium on between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday.
A Trashion Show will host entries from area elementary, middle and high schools. The schools have had teams of up to four individuals who have designed fashionable clothing from a minimum of 75 percent recycled materials. Designers will walk the runways in their items at 2:15 p.m.
The SCC PRIDE club will have a smART show, a sustainable media art show. The competition will offer awards to the top three entries, with first place winning a $50 amazon card, a coveted Earth Day rain barrel, trophy, T-shirt and certificate. Contact Meghan Turner for more information at email@example.com or 606-802-4814.
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 years theme is Repetition in Nature: Celebrating 10 years of Earth Day at SCC. Cash prizes will be given to the top three entrants.
MarketPlants, goods, produce and more will be available for purchase at the event. Sustainable Harvest Farm, operated by Ford and Amanda Waterstrat, will be on hand, as well Halcombs Knob LLC, Root of David Nursery, Heavenly Homestead Cheese and at least eight vendors from Somersets Market on Main.
The Earth Day Celebration at SCC will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact Loris Sherman at (606) 451-6855.