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October 2, 2013

8th Annual Solar Tour and Resilient Community Fair Saturday in Berea


BEREA — First Resilient Community Fair

Fair events run from noon to 4 p.m. at the Berea Tourism Center in Old Town off North Broadway.

In addition to informational booths on creating a resilient household, the fair will feature several activities.

Rocket stoves, made by Rob Fairchild of Berea will be used to cook food grown and prepared by Growing Warriors, a program to teach veterans how to grow their own food, said Cheyenne Olson.

Rocket stoves have fires created with small pieces of wood and are used in places around the world where people have no electricity or gas for cooking, she said.

At the fair, people can see how to make their own rocket stove and some will be available for purchase as well.

Berean Linda Cope is preparing a 100-pound, 3 foot by 4 foot cake that looks like a street in honor of Sustainable Berea’s Edible Streets Project. The project includes planting fruit and nut trees across the city to increase its food supply.

Two neighborhoods are in the process of creating their own “edible streets.” Affordable housing non-profit Fahe has committed to growing an orchard as well as Berea Community School, Olson said.

Half of the proceeds from Truman Field’s home-baked pie auction will go toward the school’s farm and garden projects.

Those who can contribute a home-baked pie for the auction may drop it off between 11 a.m. and noon in exchange for six raffle tickets for the Sustainable Berea Super Raffle.

The Super Raffle includes only five items and each is valued at more than $100.

Raffle items include a rain barrel painted by local artist Neil DiTeresa; dinner for two at Boone Tavern coupled with a gift certificate for Berea College Crafts; and two season tickets to the Berea Arena Theater coupled with a gift certificate to Berea Coffee and Tea.  

Tickets to the raffle will be sold during the week prior to the event and during the fair. The raffle will be drawn at 4 p.m. at the fair and you need not be present to win.

At 1:30 p.m., all animals are invited to the “blessing of the animals,” an event that honors St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

Blessings will be given by Union Church associate pastor Rachel Small Stokes in different religious traditions.

Therapeutic horses LeRoy and Woody also will be in attendance. People will be able to meet the horses and talk to volunteers about riding lessons, the work the horses do with therapy, and how the horses are trained.

At 2 p.m., around 50 members of the Berea College Concert Choir will emerge from the crowd for a free street performance.

Community members also will have the opportunity to discuss ways to make Berea a better place to live during a open space exercise led by University of Kentucky doctoral student John Johnson.

Fair-goers can stop by the Urban Farm booth to learn about a proposal for a Berea Urban Farm and Community Food Center, a collaboration of Sustainable Berea, Berea Tourism and the Berea College Agriculture and Natural Resources program.

 “This is a unique opportunity to develop in Old Town an urban farm for food production, job creation, and education,” said facilitator Richard Olson. “We are just starting to consider the possibilities, and would like to hear what people in Berea would like to see as part of such an enterprise.”

Following up on this year’s successful Adopt-a-Potato Project, people can adopt one of 32 heirloom bean varieties, purchased from Bill Best, to grow next summer as part of Sustainable Berea’s Adopt-a-Bean Project.

The Adopt-A-Potato Growing Guide and Recipe Book 2013 will be available for $5.

The event also will feature a silent auction to help cover the cost of the event. Community members are encouraged to donate not just useful and functional items, but services as well, such as a cooking class or a session on building raised beds. The silent auction will include a magic class and a chance for a half-day run with Jim Bowman, who is training for his second Boston Marathon.

Admission is free, but adults can pay $5 for freshly prepared food, desserts and drinks. The cost is $2 for children under age 10.

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