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HUGE Earth Day Celebration to be Held THIS SUNDAY at SCC

Reptiles, birds, butterflies, bees, kayaks, chickens, lambs, trees, rabbits, fish and more will all be on hand at the 11th annual Somerset Community College Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 17, 2016. 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, as well as live music.

SCC, Eastern Kentucky PRIDE and Oak Hill Garden Center are working together to bring environmental techniques, exhibits, demonstrations, food and contests to Somerset for the event. The SCC Earth Day Celebration runs from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Music for the event will be provided by the reigning Miss SCC Haley Taulbee, Devin Phelps and the duo of Christine Adams and Thomas Hudson. A free rain barrel raffle will also be held, with the winners taking home one of several rain barrels painted by SCC art students for water collection.


The 2016 annual Earth Day Celebration at SCC will feature several new exhibits, as well as some regular crowd favorites.

  • Susan Powell and Robert Van Onselder will be conducting a fly fishing casting instruction session and kayak fishing demonstrations. Van Onselder is an 11-year Orvis fly casting instructor and Powell has more than 30 years of experience in the kayak industry.
  • 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.
  • UK Agriculture Extension, KY Division of Air Quality and Soil Conservation District biologists be attending with demonstrations, exhibits and giveaway items. The US Forest Service and KY Division of Forestry will have tree seedlings for attendees, including pecan, cypress, paw paw, plum, redbud, hazelnut, white pine and dogwood varieties. 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.
  • Sally Blocher and Ellen Minichiello will lead a Birdwatching 101/Trek the Trail event on the SCC Natural Trail that surrounds the colleges Festival Field. Blocher and Minichiello will assist with binocular use and birding by ear and visual identification. The first 100 participants in this activity will receive a free T-shirt.
  • Shane Gilmore, with Crows Mouth Forge, will be demonstrating the use of a forge and copper works (weather permitting).
  • The Kentucky Aquaculture Research Center will have a live paddlefish display for attendees to view. SCC has been working with the center to relocate paddlefish in London.
  • In addition, Alyce Grovers Lil Bo Pup Fiber Farm and Cabin Hollow Farm lambs will be at the Earth Day Celebration, and others will have information on Angora rabbit yard spinning, raising chickens, organic farming, environmental disasters, native plants, eco-conscious pet care, beekeeping, recycling and more!


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 H20, Wet amp; Wild. 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.


Plants, 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 Treat Em Good dog treats. Food will be available to purchase from Brain Freeze Water Ice and The Village Trough with Clementines Bake Shop.

The Earth Day Celebration at SCC will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact Loris Sherman at (606) 451-6855.