This year’s Green Fair Folk Festival will be held on Wednesday, August 1, from 4-8 p.m., on the west lawn at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Now in its 12th year, the Green Fair welcomed over 900 people in 2017.
The Green Fair Folk Festival is a free, family-friendly event, which promotes healthy and sustainable living. “You can browse the exhibits and find earth-friendly products, ‘green’ education, fair trade items, local, seasonal produce, and local artisans, all while listening to some amazing bands play,” said Elise Carey,
co-coordinator of the Green Fair.
At last year’s event more than 50 exhibitors shared information on their green and sustainable products or services. This year, we will be featuring more artisans and provide a broader scope of educational ‘take aways’ for ‘green’ living.
“Families see it as a fun afternoon full of great activities for their children, delicious and low-cost food, and a way to learn about the environment and how to better care for our world. In addition, there will again be horse-drawn wagon rides giving tours of the campus grounds. There is something for everyone,” said Jeff Odendahl, co-coordinator.
“The Green Fair Folk Festival grew out of an idea to celebrate the abundance of musical talent in rural Minnesota,” according to Robyn Gray, St. Francis Music Center. “Music is a universal language and the Franciscan Sisters have hosted an outdoor Concert for Peace since 2007, featuring rural Minnesota talent. This community concert put in motion the idea of combining a Green Fair along with the concert.”
Gray added, “Care of creation is an important value of the Franciscan Sisters. Several years ago they formed a Campus Green Committee, whose mission is to educate on green awareness and to ‘green’ the campus in every way possible. The passion of the Green Committee members, combined with the love of music from St. Francis Music Center, blended into this unique community festival.”
Music is a vital element of the event. From 4-6 p.m., OK Factor and Homespun Jammin’ will perform. At 6 p.m., the bands from URock Camp will take the stage along with the percussion ensemble and other Music Center musicians.
URock brings in students from grades 5-12 and puts them together into bands—all types of bands from rock to country to pop to gospel. The students learn all the basics of playing together in a band and what it takes to make a band work. “It is amazing how quickly young musicians bond together to create a beautiful sound. A lot of life lessons are learned in URock using music. Every person involved is respected and welcomed as a musician,” said Gray.
Activities will be available for children in a safe, creative atmosphere. Kids can move around from activity to activity. There will be face painting, games, crafts and much more. All these activities are free and fun. Food vendors will provide affordable food, among which is the 25-cent Franciscan peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
The Green Fair Folk Festival is a community celebration where everyone is welcome. This evening of ecological awareness is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls. For more information, contact Elise Carey at (320)632-0634, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.fslf.org/pages/GreenFair.