Chelan Earth Day Fair celebrates 30 years

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Many area communities celebrated Earth Day over the weekend, with the official holiday today, April 22.

From crushing glass to solar baked cookies, the Chelan Earth Day Fair has grown over the last 30 years and continues to educate and entertain at Riverwalk Park every Spring.

The original Earth Day Fair in Chelan began in 1989 by two locals, who also started the recycling center.

This year, 95 tents brought locals together for crafts, homemade products and more. Chelan locals Anne and Randy Brooks with Plugin North Central Washington tell us what the annual event means to them.

“This is our 18th year, we had our renewable energy business here for years and we just kept going because it’s just a passion of ours to educate others,” Anne said.

Randy said a new aspect of the tagline “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” has caught his attention.

“Now there’s another word in front: Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle,” Randy said. “Refuse to buy products that have un-recyclable containers that are single-use. Get vendors to come around to the fact that we don’t want that stuff.”

The couple says the Earth Day Fair was more of a flea market in the beginning, and has grown into an event that aims to educate the community while also bringing entertainment and re-purposed goods to the park.

“I think Earth Day attendees have always had an interest, but I think more and more, more of the majority are interested and there’s fewer naysayers,” Randy said. “I think it is more people are aware and want to do something, and want to make a change.”

Other local Earth Day events over the weekend included community trash clean-ups, the Sustainable Wenatchee Earth Day Fair at Pybus and more.

Sustainable Wenatchee will be hosting its third annual NCW EcoChallenge on May 6th, an online competition inspiring community members to reduce their impact.