Sustainability Fair canceled this spring; may emerge later
By Ken Krall/WXPR
It was supposed to be memorable year for the Northwoods Sustainability Fair, marking its tenth anniversary on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22. Then the COVID-19 virus came around.
Spokesperson Ann Eshelman says the recent developments put an end to the fair for this spring. The fair has seen a steady growth in popularity.
The Sustainability Fair is designed to educate the community on different environmentally conscious alternatives in the Northwoods and keeping our Earth healthy.
The festival has brought in speakers, vendors with sustainable businesses musicians and more. It has moved to Nicolet College. There is hope a bit of the Fair can be set up when Project North is scheduled to be held in Rhinelander in September.
“Last year we did collaborate with Project North and had a little ‘mini-Earth Day-fair’ at Project North in September.” Eshelman said. “We’re going to keep our options open; perhaps doing a little more with Project North if things settle down by September.”
Forty vendors were expected this year.
Eshelman says she’s worried about the small businesses that came each year, giving a venue for the small vendors and badly needed income.
Eshelman says the situation is unfortunate she says they didn’t know what else they could do.