11th Annual Poultney Earth Fair to Feature Inaugural Speech Contest
Poultney, Vermont: As Poultney’s annual Earth Fair begins its second decade, a speech contest is being added to the annual offering of educational booths to offer a new way to explore environmental challenges and solutions. The inaugural speech contest featuring local students from grades 5-12 and area colleges are preparing to answer questions in their speeches including, “If the globe is warming, why is it snowing so hard in March?” and “What are the best ways to get human beings to change their behaviors in regard to the environment without causing depression and paralysis?” Through their speeches, students will work to communicate their understanding of environmental challenges and competing to win cash prizes including $200 for the top speech in 3 different grade categories.
The speech contest is a new highlight to the established tradition of the Poultney Earth Fair, a communal exploration of environmentalism, social sustainability, and education. This year’s Poultney Earth Fair theme “Change & Celebration” recognizes the work community leaders have done to build a more sustainable community and the support they have given to develop of new leaders.
Children and guest of all ages are invited to attend this year’s Poultney Earth Fair to hear the speeches, visit dozens of educational booths, and celebrate with the Poultney community. Additional activities include a scavenger hunt with prizes, tie-dye shirt making, face-painting, live music and wood-fired pizza. The event will be held on Thursday, April 26 from 2pm to 5pm at Poultney High School.
Held annually since 2008, the Poultney Earth Fair was first conceived by community members as a way to come together and share ideas on how one could live in a sustainable lifestyle with a emphasis on low or no-cost solutions.
For more information please contact Rachel Baker , Poultney Earth Fair Committee Coordinator , (802)287-8277 , Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org