Posted on: May 22, 2017

Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio Announces Earth Fair Returning to Historic Smithville Park

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Burlington County Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio announced today that Burlington County’s popular Earth Fair returns to Historic Smithville Park on Sunday, June 4. Located at 803 Smithville Road in Eastampton, the 24th annual event features “green” vendors, environmental displays and eco-friendly entertainment from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thanks to the support of the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, this rain or shine event is free to the public.

“This wonderful event allows residents of all ages to enjoy historic Smithville Park while engaging in environmentally friendly activities. If you are looking for ways to protect and appreciate the environment, and have some fun along the way, Earth Fair is for you,” said Director Garganio.

Once again Earth Fair promises to educate and entertain with “green” vendors, environmental displays and activities for kids and adults. Look for familiar faces, such as Mike McGrath, host of the Public Radio Show, You Bet Your Garden. This year’s topic is Birds, Bees and Butterflies – how to naturally attract fabulous fliers to your landscape. Also returning is Mike Haberland with his Rain Barrel Workshop where you can make your own rain barrel from repurposed barrels. There is a $45 fee for the workshop and supplies; advanced registration is required. Email Haberland@njaes.rutgers.edu or call (856) 216-7130, ext. 3 to register.

“Live animal exhibits and presentations also return to Earth Fair. A variety of bugs, reptiles, amphibians, ocean oddballs and 4-H animals will be here to delight all ages. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge and the Rancocas Nature Center return with their popular live animal presentations, Hunters of the Sky and Fabulous Frogs,” added Director Garganio.

“This year’s Sustainable Living Tent will showcase Eco-friendly solutions and tips for your home,” Garganio continued. “The tent will also highlight the newest crossover vehicles that get up to 100 MPG and allow residents to learn about rain gardens, solar energy and buy energy efficient bulbs.”

New this year is Nature Jeopardy! Test your knowledge of nature in our County Parks with this “Jeopardy” style trivia game. Also new to Earth Fair is the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts featuring Wire Walkers. Witness their dramatic crossings of the Rancocas Creek while enjoying this important waterway. The Give and Take Jugglers with their circus shows will follow after each crossing.

Also on the Rancocas Creek, folks can rent a canoe for a nominal rental fee of $15 per canoe.

The Kids Synergy Zone will include inflatables such as rock wall climbing, slides, an obstacles course, and a musical playground of repurposed items. Children can also enjoy face painting, science storytelling, “make and take” activities including papermaking and people-powered screen printing, and join in the fun of entertaining performances and magic shows.

“For runners, REI is sponsoring a 5K Run. The run starts at 7 a.m. and will finish in time for runners to partake in the festivities at Earth Fair. For details contact REI at 856-810-1938, or visit the REI website at https://www.rei.com/events/rei-trail-run-series-smithville-park/eastampton/172949,” added Garganio.

The Friends of the Mansion at Smithville will offer Mansion tours for a fee of $4 per person. Proceeds help fund programs and improve the historic Mansion and grounds.

“Our popular confidential document shredding returns to Smith’s Woods on East Railroad Avenue,” Garganio concluded. “Each year sees an incredible turnout of folks looking to do some late spring cleaning. Shredding with us is an excellent way for residents to securely dispose of confidential documents and keep their family’s identity safe.”

For more information on event show times, please visit the Parks Department’s website at www.co.burlington.nj.us/parks. Additionally, Smithville Bridge is currently closed. Access to Smith Woods is limited to Route 38. To reach the main Earth Fair activities after shredding, simply follow the detour signs.

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