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17th Annual Endangered Species Faire - April 1996

Over 6,000 Attend Endangered Species Faire Despite Chilly Day

A record 17 school groups created an outstanding variety of environmental exhibits for Butte Environmental Council's 17th Annual Endangered Species Faire.

Unseasonably cold weather didn't stop the crowds from showing up at Cedar Grove on Saturday, April 20th. The official City of Chico Parks Department estimate of 6,000 to 8,000 attendees matched that of previous years. The mid-April rains let up just in time for the Faire, and by the end of the Faire the sun broke through the clouds.

Classrooms at the following schools (some schools had more than one classroom participating) took advantage of BEC's offer of a free booth, table and chairs to produce creative displays and hands-on activities and games: Bella Vista (Redding), Bidwell Junior High, Butte County Home Study, Corning High, Dr. Jon Hooper's CSU Chico class, CSU Chico Omicron Theta Epsilon science honor society, Emma Wilson, Fairview High, Hooker Oak, Marigold, Montessori Children's Center, Parkview, Pleasant Valley High, The Progressive Schoolhouse.

The Butte County Homeschoolers, along with adults and other community members, ended the Faire with a colorful theatrical production, complete with music, drumming, a web dance and a giant "Mother Earth" on stilts. Their presentation capped the daylong on-stage entertainment that included animal presentations, a children's singer, folk music, international dance music, swing jazz and bluegrass.

Education is the primary purpose of the Faire. To that end, the school groups were enhanced by exhibits from five government agencies and 20 non-profit organizations. Dr. Jon Hooper's CSU Chico students conducted Project Wild environmental education activities for children throughout the day.

BEC extends its heartfelt thanks to the eight major Faire sponsors, individual "Friends of the Faire" financial supporters and numerous volunteers. The major sponsors were California Department of Education, Chico Creek Nature Center, Chico News and Review, Friends to Restore Earth's Environment, North Valley Disposal, R.W. Knudsen Company, Sierra Nevada Brewery and Today's Traditions.