Harvest EarthFair: what's growing on

Harvest EarthFair in North County volunteer meeting announced

by Kari Gray
illions of people look for something meaningful to do for the environment, not just on Earth Day each April, but year-round. To harvest these good ideas, San Diego Earth Day, the Vista Chamber of Commerce and the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum are launching the second annual North County Harvest EarthFair on Saturday, September 27, 1997 from 10am - 5pm at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum at 2040 N Santa Fe Avenue in Vista.

As its name implies, the Harvest EarthFair will focus on natural foods exhibits, cooking demonstrations and organic food samples to help show how food choices affect neighborhood environmental and economic health. Like the annual EarthFair in Balboa Park, the Harvest EarthFair will also feature educational exhibits from environmental groups, demonstrations, music and entertainment for the whole family. This year's Fair will also feature a special Health Pavilion and entries from the "Picture a Perfect World" children's art contest.

Steam on in

Visiting the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum is a treat in itself. This huge facility displays all manner of antique steam- and gas-powered engines and farm equipment: tractors, trucks, threshers, a sawmill, etc. Many of the items work and are demonstrated by the staff. Visitors learn from its many exhibits how agriculture and agricultural issues have shaped North County. The Museum regularly hosts popular annual threshing bees and chili cook-offs. This rural farm setting provides a perfect site for the Harvest EarthFair.

Calling all volunteers

Like all San Diego Earth Day events, the Harvest EarthFair will be produced entirely by volunteers. More than 200 volunteers will help set-up, clean-up, make signs, answer phones and separate recyclables. To volunteer, attend the next San Diego Earth Day volunteer meeting on Wednesday, August 27, 1997 from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Avenue, Vista (next to City Hall).

If you can't attend this meeting and still want to volunteer, please call the SDET Hotline at (619) 496-6666 and leave your name, address and phone number.