MAPLEWOOD, NJ – A beautiful, sunny afternoon filled Maplewood’s Memorial Park on April 27 with many environmental displays and demonstrations for Maplewood’s Sixth Annual Green Day Fair. Music, food and exhibitions were all on show for everyone to enjoy. This eco-friendly fair is one of New Jersey’s largest.
Fairgoers could enjoy many different types of food, which was all from local restaurants, bakeries and even an ice cream shop. Also, free filtered water was distributed from Pur2o, “A unique system producing the highest quality drinking and cooking water…based on state-of-the-art technology in filtration, purification & mineral enrichment using methods of reverse osmosis. No electricity is ever used to ionize the water,” according to Pur2o.
Local farmers and garden attractions were on site also, which included Purple Dragon CSA and the Greater Newark Conservancy Children’s Farmer Market and Childhood Obesity Awareness; along with the Maplewood Garden Club and Essex County Master Gardeners.
Many green vendors, ecological organizations and health and fitness representatives displayed their information and concern on why being environmentally friendly is so important to not only our earth, but for our well-being also.
Bridge of Faith, which was one of the many green vendors on display, showcased their creations with a very powerful meaning and understanding of what they stand for.
Marge Royle and Felix Molokwu stated that the “Bridge of Faith is a joint project of Faith United Church of Christ, Union, NJ, the All-Christian Prayer Fellowship, Union, NJ and the First Congregational Church of Verona, NJ.”
“Its purpose is to mobilize people and religious organizations in New Jersey to support a variety of health, education and human service programs in Awka, Nigeria,” as stated by both Royle and Molokwu.
In addition to, this was Bridge of Faith’s first time vending at the fair. Their station was filled with handcrafted pieces that are made all from recycled goods. Royle stated that she likes neat things and to also educated people on what Bridge of Faith is all about along with spreading awareness of being eco-friendly.
This environmental fair had a lot of great activities to offer to children as well, a petting zoo from Happy Tales Pets, which is New Jersey's original traveling petting zoo, a 25 ft. rock wall, face painting and even an art class called, Recycled Tapestry that showed children how to retrieve recycled materials to make wall hangings.
The musical entertainment at the Green Day Fair included an array of great bands that provided fairgoers a listen from Hooray Henrys, Marco Ranieri Band, Kelly Jin-Hendel just to name a few.
One of the most exciting aspects from the fair included the Adopt a Park Site, which consists of volunteering time in one of Maplewood’s Public Parks to help preserve and maintain a healthy and eco-friendly park that can be enjoyed by the community for years to come.