Scheduled for Feb. 22 at Hembree Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the expo has expanded its scope.
“This is the third year for the Roswell Green Expo and it is shaping up to be the best. We are expecting over 400 attendees this year and have added some new activities,” said Janet Liberman, Roswell’s environmental programs manager and executive director of Keep Roswell Beautiful.
For the first time, cooking will be part of the day’s events with chef Darwin Felion from The Art Center on Fouts Road. “Chef Darwin will be demonstrating, and talking about, the farm to table movement that is sweeping the country. He will be preparing two menus that use organic fruits and vegetables,” Liberman said.
Another first is the SuperPals puppet show on loan from Keep North Fulton Beautiful. Liberman said the overall theme of the show is water conservation.
“The puppets, all animals, teach kids about the importance of our water quality and why conservation is so important,” she said.
Other features of the expo will be a Green Market, showcasing many local and regional vendors; a giant Earth Balloon; a photo booth; and costumed characters, including Captain Planet, BAIR from the Clean Air Campaign, Bag Monster from the One More Generation, KiRBy from Keep Roswell Beautiful and several native species characters from the Chattahoochee Nature Center.
A rain barrel workshop will be presented by Vicki Culbreth, environmental education coordinator for the city of Roswell, and The Rainbarrel Depot. The workshop is limited to 30 participants and registration is necessary.
Kids also can create pine cone animals to be displayed in Roswell-area parks for Jacob’s Ladder School’s Hide-And-Seek Art Project. “The workshops, entertainment and vendors are designed to actively engage community members while teaching simple ways to be sustainable and green,” Liberman said.
Sponsors of the 2014 Roswell Green Expo include: Gas South, Bank of North Georgia, Trex Company, Inc., Georgia Power, Caraustar, Neighbor Newspapers, Play It Again Sports, the City of Roswell and Keep Roswell Beautiful.
The expo is free and open to the public. Hembree Park is at 850 Hembree Road in Roswell.
For more information and to register for a workshop, go to www.roswellgreenexpo.org.