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29th Annual Endangered Species Faire Wrap Up - May 2008

The 29th ESF logo.

The 29th Annual Endangered Species Faire was a huge success! The turnout was great, the music was lively and the animal shows were riveting and entertaining. The weather was perfect: a clear day in the low 80’s in a beautiful meadow surrounded by valley oak trees --- what could be better? The booth participants included school classrooms, federal, state and local government agencies, and non-profit organizations – all which had great interactive activities, many involving pollinators, following this year’s theme "Pollinators: What’s All the Buzz About?" Young and old alike learned something new that day.

The day was filled with magnificent entertainment. The animal shows were fun and informative. Later, Giant Eco-Puppets told stories of alternate ways we could have been spending 4 trillion dollars instead of on the Iraq war. Several bands provided beautiful music, often as a donation to the Faire. Everyone enjoyed the local talent and we really appreciate that they took time out of their busy schedules to come play at the Faire. Bands included the deep beat, steel drum sound of Local World, world ambient music from Sekund Nachur, the sweet melodies of Canyon Folks and Celtic-style tunes from Ha’Penny Bridge.

It takes so many people to make this Faire a success, and we couldn’t have pulled it off without our dedicated interns and volunteers. Special thanks to BEC intern Robin Schlosser and Maddie Smith for helping with Faire organization and creating a pollinator game for the kids (see the “Jolly Little Pollinator” photograph below). Yuka Nagasawa also helped with many Faire preparations, especially creating informative posters for the Wellness Booth. Maggi Barry was invaluable! Her persistence allowed all of us to feast on good food at the Faire.

Our wonderful major sponsors make this event possible, so we would especially like to thank: Chico News & Review, FREE, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Soroptomist International of Bidwell Rancho. Business Sponsors included A&J Party Rentals, Bill Moon, DDS, Butte Natural Distributing, CSU Chico Forebay Aquatic Center, Durham Electric, Ed’s Printing, Greenfeet, In-tents Events, Mt. Shasta Spring Water, Printed Image, Pullins Cyclery, Small Town Sound, Waste Management, Woodstock’s Pizza, Bobby Seals, and Parkview Market & Deli. Appreciation also goes to all the Friends of the Faire, who also contributed financially to keep the Faire rolling.

We are already gearing up for next year, which will be the 30th Annual Endangered Species Faire and we hope to make it an event to remember. Mark your calendar for May 2, 2009!

We have some 29th Annual Endangered Species Faire T-shirts left. If you’re interested in purchasing one, call the office for size availability:891-6424.

Article from the Autumn 2008 Environmental News.