By Daphne Whittle
The Outer Banks’ first “Earth Fair” will be held April 22 at Jennette’s Pier from 1 to 4 p.m. in Nags Head with the theme “Keeping the Outer Banks Clean and Green” in honor of Earth Day. Earth Day is a national event created in 1970 that focuses on bringing awareness to environmental concerns in the United States.
Event organizer Lydia Courtright said there will be entertainment, including a performance by the First Flight High School jazz band, and activities are planned for everyone throughout the afternoon such as a fashion show, games and crafts, and guest speakers. One of the crafts will be tie-dyeing T-shirts designed specifically for the event by a local artist. Students from FFHS and Manteo High School will be volunteering at the event as well.
Members of First Flight’s Environmental Club will help put on a “trashion show,” which will include clothes made out of recycled material. Members will also be building a trash dragon designed like a bounce house for kids and selling T-shirts. In order for participants to walk away with a T-shirt, they must pledge to do their part in protecting the environment in their daily lives.
“Along with the fashion show and t-shirts, we’re doing a poetry slam. The poems talk about the environment and ways to protect it,” said junior Olivia Pratt, FFHS Environmental Club member.
Many businesses and organizations will be discussing what part they plan on taking in promoting and protecting the environment. This includes businesses such as Outer Banks Catch, OBX Center for Dolphin Research, Jockey’s Ridge, N.E.S.T., the National Park Service, and the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island.
“The aquarium will be bringing our recycling game, where kids learn what the recycling numbers mean on household items and match them to the appropriate recycling containers. We will also have Earth Day sun catchers that kids can make and take.” said Patricia Raves, education curator for the N.C. Aquarium.
Every year the First Flight Environmental Club plans on participating in something involving Earth Day to do its part for the environment.
“The fair is more about doing something for Earth Day. It’s about representing something and outreaching to many people to support the cause.” said senior Victoria Eaton, vice president of the Environmental Club. ”That’s our goal every year.”
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