The Learning Council and the Colorado Farm & Food Alliance invite the public to attend the North Fork Community Fair and Local Solutions Expo from 1-8 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Paonia Town Park. Known the past four years as the Solar Fair and held at Solar Energy International, the fair offers local food and drink, activities, workshops on solar ovens and beekeeping, and much more. Admission to the all-ages event is free.
Several local bands perform throughout the afternoon at the Howard Berkman Stage. Beverages from the West Elks Winery Association, Big B's Hard Ciders & Organic Juices, Paonia United Brewing and Remedy Juice Bar & Cafe will be available (stainless steel commemorative cups will be available for a fee, which includes the purchaser's first drink), and The Living Farm Cafe, Bliss Booch & Paonia Paella will serve up a feast.
Workshops include waterwise edible landscaping, renewable energy water devices, kids' climate leadership and supporting and defending public lands.
For details on workshop schedules visit www.coloradofarmfood.org/communityfair19.
Throughout the afternoon, students from Paonia Experiential Leadership Academy will be busy painting a mural at the park shelter. Students designed the mural based on a survey of locals about what they'd like to see in a mural and what comes to mind when they think of Paonia. As a result, it will feature peonies, mountains, music, birds, trees, fruit, animals, children, and wine.