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What to expect for San Diego Earth Fair this year

Last year's Earth Fair draws crowds
Last year's Earth Fair draws crowdsDarlene Luckins

This weekend on April 27th, the largest free environmental fair in the United States will take place in Balboa Park. The 25th annual San Diego Earth Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and feature hundreds of environmental and educational organizations as well as vegan/vegetarian foods and Earth-friendly gifts. The children’s parade begins promptly at 10 a.m. and runs throughout the park. Here are a few things to expect if you plan to visit Earth Fair this year.

If you are interested in learning more about the local environmental groups, this is the place to go. Most of the major organizations in this area will have a booth. This includes the San Diego Audubon Society, American Cetacean Society, Project Wildlife, San Diego Bicycle Coalition, Friends of Famosa Slough, San Diego Environmental Services, Circulate San Diego, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, among others will be there.

Green businesses and food companies such as Ripple Textile Recycling, Rancho Costa Verde, Premier Solar, RainThanks, and Rise Bar will have booths and are ready to give you information about their products. Several municipal organizations from cities all around the county will have booths and brochures. Many booths give away free bags, packages of food, or brochures.

Diverse types of religious organizations tend to permeate the fair. Most are promoting either environmentally friendly views or products, or peaceful living and meditation. However, some groups are very prominent and vocal throughout the fair. Be aware that graphic abortion posters are visible in many areas, as well as people with megaphones shouting against abortion and sin. This may be disturbing to some people. In the past, they have been seen near the fountain and just outside the food court by the Organ Pavillion. It is unknown where, exactly, they will be this year or how many there will be.

The best time to visit the Earth Fair is before noon. Everyone is encouraged to take environmentally friendlier transportation such as the bus, trolley, walking, or bicycle. Free valet bike parking and bike security is provided by the San Diego Bicycle Coalition at both the east and west entrances. Bus 7 stops right at the main entrance. It is also recommended that one take the trolley to City College and walk north. For more information, visit: www.earthdayweb.org.