See ‘Everyday Ways’ to Help the Earth at Green Fair

WOOSTER, Ohio — Northeast Ohio’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair is back.

The free public festival, whose theme is “Green Is for Life!” is April 19 at Wooster’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

The Earth Week event is a celebration of ways to be sustainable, whether at home, on the farm, in the garden or in business, said co-organizer Laura Chapin, who’s a research associate at OARDC.

About 50 exhibitors and vendors will showcase their green-related products, efforts and services. Everyone’s welcome to attend.

“The exhibitors and vendors will remind people of easy, everyday ways to help the Earth,” Chapin said.

“There are small changes and big changes that we can make to protect our environment,” she said, “and we hope that the people who come to the fair will take that information home with them and pass it along to their friends.”

The fair’s previous edition, in 2014, drew about 2,000 people.

Spotlight on green by the Scarlet and Gray

OARDC is the research arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Ohio State’s colors, of course, are scarlet and gray.

The fair will feature, for example, ways to save energy, keep water clean and grow healthy food. Gardening, recycling, beekeeping and wellness will also be some of the topics. Some of the exhibitors will be from the university.

For the first time, a free concurrent Renewable Energy Workshop — featuring details, costs and more on wind, solar and bioenergy — is slated as part of the schedule.

Eat local, recycle the hard to recycle

Three food trucks and a natural dairy will sell their local, sustainable eats, and $2.50-off coupons for use at those vendors will go to the first 200 people who bring acceptable items to the fair’s recycling station.

A full list of what the recycling station will accept, which includes some hard-to-recycle items not taken by curbside recycling, is at The recycling service is free to fairgoers.

The fair’s hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in and around OARDC’s Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave. The food trucks will serve only until 2 p.m.

1 hour south of Cleveland

Further details are on the event’s website,, or contact Gwen Zimmerly at or 330-263-3719.

The fair’s coordinating sponsors are OARDC and the Wooster area’s Wayne County Sustainable Energy Network.

Wooster is about 60 miles south of Cleveland and 95 miles northeast of Columbus.


Kurt Knebusch


Laura Chapin

Gwen Zimmerly