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Bluegrass Greensource presents GreenFest sustainable living festival Saturday

Bluegrass Greensource presents GreenFest 2016, a one-day sustainable living festival featuring green living workshops and resources, community booths and vendors, and local food trucks, music and beer, Saturday, May 21 from 12 – 6 p.m.

And the Bluegrass Greensource Educators will provide fun and environmentally informative activities for the kids.

GreenFest 2016 will be held at Bluegrass Greensource’s headquarters, located at 835 National Avenue, with workshops held inside the building and other festivities held in the parking lot directly across the street.

“We established GreenFest last year as a way to make living sustainably as accessible and fun as possible,” says Amy Sohner, Bluegrass Greensource Executive Director. “GreenFest brings together regional experts and vendors to a central location to make resource sharing simple. We also strive to make this a family-friendly event, through kids’ activities, local food, and live music.”

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Last year, more than 300 people attended the inaugural event, and Bluegrass Greensource expects an even greater turnout this year. GreenFest 2016 boasts expanded workshop offerings, the addition of live music from singer-songwriter Will Solomon, and a newSprocket Jockey Pedicab shuttle service provided from the Ashland Elementary School parking lot to the site of the festivities.

A diverse lineup of nine green living workshops is scheduled throughout the day, which will take place in Bluegrass Greensource’s building between 12:30 – 5:30 pm. Most are free to the public, and their aim is to create access to sustainable living resources and knowledge to empower local citizens with new skills.

“Our green living workshops are definitely the foundation of GreenFest,” says Sohner. “These 30-minute workshops are a great opportunity to build easy to intermediate skills the community can then take home and put into practice to live more sustainably.”

Workshop leaders represent a diverse pool of regional sustainability experts and organizations, including local nonprofits Seedleafand Lexington Habitat ReStore. Topics this year include: Solar and Home Energy Efficiency with Synergy Home LLC, Backyard Chickens, Eco Travel with Anahata Travel, Composting 101 and Make Your Own Worm Bin ($15) with Seedleaf, Monarch Butterfly Way Stations with Joanna Kirby, Bike Maintenance with Broomwagon, and more. A full schedule of the workshops can be found atwww.bggreenfest.org.

For kids, Bluegrass Greensource will provide an eco-craft station, and host the first ever Global Cardboard Challenge Parade. Teams of five children or more will sign up in advance to craft a cardboard float. Their creations will be marched in a parade led by theMarch Madness Marching Band at 3:30 pm. Bluegrass Greensource is excited to welcome back LEX 18’s Tom Ackerman as the emcee for the day. Food vendors on site include Minton’s 760, Broomwagon, Nate’s Coffee, Crank & Boom Ice Cream, and West Sixth Brewing beer.

GreenFest is also an opportunity for attendees to practice living sustainably. Staff will facilitate a Native Plant Swap from 12:00 – 2:00 pm, and collect eWaste from Fayette County residents and pairs of shoes for a Funds2Org Shoe Drive. Attendees can purchase local wares from green living vendors such as Lucia’s World Emporium, Bluegrass Essential Oils, RagBag Vintage, Lexington Farmer’s Market, and an array of eco-friendly jewelry, soaps, and other products.

The 2016 Artistic Rain Barrels commissioned in fall 2015 by Bluegrass Greensource will also be displayed and available for purchase. Each of the horse-racing themed barrels are currently on display at businesses throughout Central Kentucky, but will be reunited at GreenFest and sold as a fundraiser for the organization.

A raffle of sustainability-themed prizes will also be held, with prizes ranging from a ‘National Avenue’ basket featuring gift cards and retail items from neighboring businesses and restaurants to a night’s stay in a cabin from Red River Gorgeous. All proceeds from the raffle will support Bluegrass Greensource’s environmental education efforts.

GreenFest 2016 will be held rain or shine, and is a waste free event. Any waste collected during the event will be properly disposed of by the Division of Waste Management. For even more information, including the workshop schedule and full list of vendors attending GreenFest 2016, visit www.bggreenfest.org.

GreenFest 2016 GreenFest 2016 is made possible with support from event partners Republic Services, Don Jacobs, Synergy Home,Kentucky American Water, with generous in-kind support from West Sixth Brewing, Broomwagon, WUKY, and LEX18.

Bluegrass Greensource is an environmental education nonprofit serving 20 Central Kentucky communities since 2001. The mission of Bluegrass Greensource is to empower the Bluegrass to create a sustainable environment by focusing on how small changes make a big impact. Bluegrass Greensource provides outreach to over 230 schools, 600 community groups, businesses, local governments and private citizens each year.

For more information, visit www.bggreensource.org.

From Bluegrass Greensource Communications

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