Those visiting the Prisco Center in Aurora Saturday might have been confused about their whereabouts after seeing a bicycle-powered smoothie machine, previous pots and pans became fowl homes and other people doing yoga with goats.
But all that and extra was showcased on the annual GreenFest, provided by the nonprofit Aurora GreenLights. The group is a part of the Conservation Foundation that delivers environmental schooling and promote sustainability, in line with leaders.
Exhibit coordinator Caryl Riley stated that in addition to the various points of interest together with reside music, a youngsters’ eco-village, and an electric automotive and bike present, greater than 100 exhibitors have been on hand Saturday, the most important quantity ever at GreenFest.
“We’ve expanded our electric car show to ten vehicles this year and we’re also going to be showing an electric solar car charger,” Riley stated. “A lot of the vendors will be showing how to recycle and repurpose things like bird houses made with old utensils and pots and pans. We also want to focus on health and resiliency this year which is why we are having the yoga classes.”
Local environmental golf equipment from faculties have been additionally represented, together with college students from East Aurora High School who introduced mud bombs.
“These are mud bombs packed with seeds and compost and are meant to be tossed in places where it is hard to plant anything,” Riley stated.
Mavis Bates, founder and chairman of GreenFest, stated one of many objectives this yr was to get extra youngsters concerned. She stated that there can be illustration from each east and west aspect faculties in addition to scouts.
“We held this in June last year, and we’re hoping to get more visitors this time as the kids are back in school now and everyone is here,” Bates stated. “June usually has nice weather, but you don’t get as many youngsters once school lets out.”
Terry Gallagher and his spouse Sinclair confirmed off a lot of electric and hybrid automobiles and stated it was necessary to have automobiles on display by precise house owners and never simply sellers.
“Most people ask us how far the cars will go and what the differences are with all-electric and hybrid,” Terry Gallagher stated.
Phil and Chris Young, of Bristol, confirmed off an all-electric truck they stated they constructed themselves. It was a 2003 Chevy S-10 pick-up that had been converted from operating on fuel to 100 % electrical energy.
“This is actually our 2.0 version as we redid the batteries,” Phil Young defined, including that he put up some huge cash for the undertaking whereas his son, Chris, an electrical engineering main, did the design work. “I really think in the next five years you are going to see people having two cars as they do now, but one will be electric for errands and the other gas for trips across the state.”
Oswego’s Kris Hellberg supervised the goat yoga session.
“I know they are doing sort of a wellness focus here as well as talking about environmental products and people have really been enjoying the goats and yoga,” Hellberg stated. “I overheard one woman say this was the happiest she has felt in a long time.”
Visitors seen roaming the varied reveals and demonstrations included Dan Ambre of Aurora who admitted he was drawn to the goat yoga after taking yoga courses on the Prisco Center.
“This is my first time to this event and I think there are a lot of interesting things to just stop and see,” he stated.
Aurora’s Paul and Norma Peterson stated they’ve visited the GreenFest earlier than and that every finds an incredible mixture of merchandise and concepts every time they arrive.
“I think there is a great mix of small businesses here that offer products and I think it’s important to be shown how to live green in a larger city like this,” Norma Peterson stated. “I like seeing the various food products and visiting the healthy groceries.”
Paul Peterson suggests the occasion ought to be held month-to-month.
“A lot of times, you just walk away and forget in a week about being green. Having it more often would remind consumers before the memory fades away.”
David Sharos is a contract reporter for The Beacon-News.