Sixth annual Green Fair at St. Francis Wednesday

Its focus is learning to live in harmony with the Earth

The sixth annual Green Fair Folk Festival will be held on the campus of St. Francis in Little Falls Wednesday.  It promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Six years ago, the St. Francis Music Center came up with the idea for the Green Fair Folk Festival.

The Green Fair Folk Festival will be held on the St. Francis Campus in Little Falls Wednesday. Its purpose is to bring people together to honor the Earth and all its creatures, just as St. Francis honored all living things. The event grew out of the passion for music and creation. Pictured is a past fair and some of its vendors.

“Music is universal and we have had a Concert for Peace for many years. Our suggestion for a Green Fair seemed to fit,” said Robyn Gray, the director of the St. Francis Music Center.

The first year, the Green Fair Folk Festival had 15 booths. For the next five years, the event grew, with Gray, Publications Specialist Anne Heisick and Jennifer Basch, who no longer is involved.

This year, Deanna Boone, the director of community relations at St. Francis, has stepped into help, with her department taking over the event.

“The Green Fair embodies the Franciscan values,” said Boone. “We incorporate hospitality, respect, compassion and peace with communication, music, health and the love of the Earth.”

“This is a family-friendly event,” said Gray. “All ages will find something to interest them. The teens love the rock bands, the children have free activities and this year there are 56 vendors. It’s like a huge block party.”

The Great River Arts Association is partnering with Children’s First Preschool to put on the teddy bear clinic. There will also be stuffed animals available for adoption, for no charge.

Children of all ages may work with recycled art. Scraps of a large variety of materials will be available for them to work with, creating whatever comes to mind.

A Play-Doh table for the small sculptors in the family, along with structured crafts will be available, too.

Since the Fair runs over the supper hour, one may purchase a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for a mere 25 cents. There will also be popcorn, pizza, pulled-pork sandwiches with locally-made sauce, nachos and ice cream available.

The Green Fair Folk Festival runs from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. During that time, the St. Francis Music Center will be putting on its summer concert.

The music schedule includes the blue grass and gospel-singing Rick Family, Quillo Brothers and the Ramona Quintet from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. The annual fiddle contest takes place at 5:30 p.m. with eight participants this year, ages 6 – 60 years old. At 6 p.m., Sestri, a Slavic women’s group, will be on stage. From 6:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., the three, newly-organized bands from the summer U Rock classes will perform. They are “Hereafter,” “Power Plant” and “Trial By Fire.”

New vendors this year include animal chiropractor Dr. Deanna Adams, the Little Falls Farmers Market and the St. Francis Health Booth.

Back again will be Stickman Cliff with his walking canes, Wellness Products, Essential Oils from Young Living, earth-friendly cosmetics, natural soaps, Smude Oil, a Smart car, various wood products, goods from Brambleberry Fruit Farm, massages and much more.

Tours of St. Francis Convent will be available and a drawing for a compost system will be held.

“We are also giving away homemade T-shirt bags,” said Heisick. “Everyone at St. Francis has come together to get this event off the ground. Everyone has helped in so many ways.”

Boone said that St. Francis himself will be on hand to greet the fairgoers.