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Community Eco Fair set for April 25

School District 206, in cooperation with local businesses and organizations, will host the fourth annual Community Eco Fair on Thursday, April 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Discovery Middle School in Alexandria. The event is free and open to the public.

Through business and student exhibits, demonstrations, and interactive children's activities, attendees will learn how to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle without much effort.

More than 30 exhibitors will be showcasing real solutions to living sustainably. Some highlights of the event include:

The Wilderness Classroom will be presented by explorers Dave and Amy Freeman at 4:30 and 6:15 p.m. They will talk about their 12,000-mile expedition by canoe, kayak and dogsled across North America.

Minnesota Zoomobile naturalists will use live animals along with biological artifacts, theater techniques and audience participation to show how all things are connected at 4:30 and 5:45 p.m.

Slow Bike Race Challenge in the front parking lot sponsored by Active Living Douglas County. Last one across the finish line wins; prizes awarded.

3M Visiting Wizards will conduct a cryogenics demonstration on how liquid nitrogen affects everyday objects at 7 p.m.

The Earth Balloon, a 20-foot-high giant inflated balloon will feature tours every 20 minutes in the large gym.

Hands-on children's activities will be offered, including recycled paper making, good bugs/bad bugs, build a blue jay birdhouse, make and take a bracelet out of an old T-shirt, scavenger hunt and face painting.

Eco Art Contest featuring projects from high school students using only recycled materials or having a sustainability/environmental theme will be held. Attendees will be able to view the projects and vote for their favorite piece. Prizes will be awarded to the top projects at 6:45 p.m.

Healthy food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Exhibitor door prize drawings will be held.

Other demonstrations include: Honey Bees by Lewis Struthers; Backyard Natural Wonders by Minnesota Master Naturalists; Animals and Their Habitats by DNR and Lake Carlos State Park; Natural Weaving by Rosepath Weaving/Ekohill Farms.

For more information, visit www.alexandria.k12.