Earth Day event set for Saturday

Liz Russo, left, and Jahnn Gibson hold a sign promoting an Earth Day event planned for Saturday in Johnstown. (Photo submitted)

JOHNSTOWN — A local observance of the worldwide 2018 Earth Day celebration will take place with the third annual Earth Day Renewable Resources Fair set for Saturday in the Sir William Johnson Park off West Main Street.

The free, public event will feature vendors, music and informational displays and runs from noon to 2 p.m. Providers of geothermal and solar energy will be represented. Food vendors will not be present.

Earth Day is an annual event created to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about pollution. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. Earth Day Network — the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide — says that Earth Day 2018 on Sunday will focus on mobilizing the world with this theme: “End Plastic Pollution.”

Locally, the Earth Day Renewable Resources Fair at the downtown city park will feature a number of activities and booths, according to organizer Elizabeth Russo.

“We have a petting zoo coming,” Russo said.

She said Adirondack Dreamcatcher Farm in Corinth will be bringing a petting zoo for children.

Hybrid cars will be a new addition to the Earth Day fair. Johnstown automobile dealers Steet Toyota, Brown’s Ford, and James Chevrolet will all be displaying models.

Other vendors at the event will include Anderson Window, Apex Solar and Aztec Geothermal.

Fair chief organizer Jahnn Gibson, who came up with the original idea for the Earth Day Renewable Resources Fair, said she hopes the event at least calls attention to global warming.

“In spite of the chilly weather, we are in global warming,” Gibson said. “I’m trying to encourage people to reserve, that’s why I’m having clean energy vendors. I want people to know they can mitigate global warming.”

Homestead Organics from Amsterdam will provide information about composting at the fair.

Also new this year is Sue Ackerbauer, who Russo said will discuss raising chickens.

The Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District will bring seedlings to the fair.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Fulton and Montgomery Counties will have a master gardener provide information about planting zones.

The Fulton County Department of Solid Waste’s Recycling Division will also have a display at the fair.

Russo said Price Chopper has donated a limited number of reusable shopping bags for the event.

Plastic bags have become an increasing cause of pollution and reusable shopping bags can help protect our environment, Russo said. Those attending are asked to bring plastic bags to recycle and have a chance to receive a reusable Price Chopper bag..

Local Boy Scouts will hold a bottle drive at the event to encourage recycling. All attending are asked to bring their bottles and cans to support this effort.

Bill Ackerbauer and friends will be providing musical entertainment from 1-2 p.m. in the park’s Jenner Band Shell, Russo said.

Russo said the Earth Day Renewable Resources Fair has been organized by “concerned citizens as a reminder of the history of environmental activism and the way individuals worked together to change policy resulting in cleaner air, cleaner water, more fuel efficient cars, and development of alternate sources of energy to preserve fossil fuels and reduce pollution.”

“Recycling has became the norm as a result of awareness brought about by past Earth Days,” she said.

For more information about the Earth Day Renewable Resources Fair or to participate contact Jahnn Gibson at (518) 705-2835.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at