As plans for the MI Earth Day Fest in downtown Rochester April 26-28 take shape, organizers are aiming to leave attendees with something beyond fun memories: a stronger sense of connection and community. Along with exhibits, education and entertainment, the event is offering festival-goers and participants many ways to connect and build relationships around green and healthy living.
“We become a more sustainable community by growing healthy relationships with each other and with our environment,” said Dr. Kerrie Saunders, the festival’s program manager and best-selling natural health author.
Saunders is organizing an educational program covering a wide variety of environmental and wellness topics. Presentations will encourage audience participation through expert panels, Q&A sessions and other interactive formats. In addition, the event will offer a unique venue designed specifically for community-building, the Connections Café. It will house more than 20 roundtables, where visitors can network with local experts, community groups and each other. Non-commercial exhibits will also be scattered throughout several festival areas, including Farmers Row, Kids Corner, Green Home, the Media Center, the Trailhead and Wellness Way.
“My favorite part of the festival is providing space for nonprofit community groups to network and educate. Attendees can connect with people working hard on issues they really care about, get information that’s hard to get elsewhere, and maybe even decide to join in,” said Saunders. “This wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our exhibitors and sponsors, including Pure Eco Environmental Solutions, Republic Services, Bosch and Meijer.”
The educational program will share center stage and a community focus with the festival’s entertainment program, which is being organized by actor/singer, voice coach and Rochester resident Jennifer Kincer. “We’ll be showcasing many of the area’s best singers, dancers and musicians to entertain our audiences,” said Kincer.
Several special events will offer opportunities to build community through celebration, including a Parade and Pep Rally on Saturday at 11 am, and a Kickoff & Awards ceremony on Friday at 7 pm, which will recognize kids’ art contest winners and honor 2013 MI Green Hall of Fame inductees.
Festival hours are Friday 4-8 pm, Saturday 10 am-8 pm and Sunday 10 am-4 pm. Admission is free and open to all ages. For more information, visit www.miEDF.org. To register or find out more about special events, click “Participate.”
“Attendees will enjoy shopping, learning and celebrating, but their lives and communities can truly be changed by connecting with others at the event,” concluded Dr. Saunders.
MI Green Team
L3C is Michigan’s leading green/wellness network and event producer. Its mission is to promote green living, business and community. MGT is a Michigan “low-profit, limited liability company”, an innovative business entity that uses business best-practices to pursue a socially-beneficial purpose. All profits from MGT events are donated to local green programs. For more information, visit www.migreenteam.com.