Downtown Batavia’s annual festival to celebrate all things “eco” returns for its 9 th year, rain or shine, from 10am – 4pm on August 13. Over 60 vendors will take over the Batavia River Walk, Peg Bond Center, and City Hall showcasing green products and services.
The theme of this year’s event is Change One. The goal is for every attendee to walk away with at least one simple change he/she can make to be a bit greener this year. While one change might seem insignificant to the individual, when multiplied by the number of attendees at the fair, the impact will be huge!
Take part in the Change One Raffle at the fair. Participating vendors will have Change One Raffle Tickets at their booths with custom simple changes. Attendees can collect as many tickets as they can commit to. Fabulous prizes await the lucky winners!
A new element to this year’s fair will be a demo tent in the center of the outdoor expo area. A number of vendors will pop over to do quick 10 minute demonstrations on their products or services for passersby.
The morning will start with lots of action as the Batavia Park District leads a free Zumba class on the Peg Bond stage. Registration will begin at 9am and the 1-hour class gets rocking right at 9:30. The dancing continues with a showcase from Sole Unique and then an action packed martial arts demo. The afternoon will feature the acoustic musical stylings of Greg Boerner, Ken Slauf, and our fair emcee, Joe B.
At 10am and 12pm, The Kayakers will be holding forward stroke clinics on land with a chance to practice on the beautiful Batavia Depot Pond. The focus will be on correct bio-mechanics and incorporate core muscles and legs to maneuver the kayak.
The Alternative Transportation Show returns with a lineup of hybrid and electric cars, including the award winning Supermileage car from Northern Illinois! The Chicago Herpetological Society is once again bringing a live reptile exhibit to City Hall providing a rare opportunity for attendees to come up close and personal with these rare animals.
New this year is a bicycle swap hosted by the Batavia Bicycle Commission. People are encouraged to bring their bikes or related accessories, gear, or parts from 9am-10am. Lots of bikes and accessories in all sizes will be on hand during the fair to help those that may have outgrown their bikes or just need a bicycle. Any unclaimed items and fees collected will be donated to the Bikes for Batavia program. For more information click here.
The fair will also feature a Clothing Swap for women’s clothes inside the Peg Bond Center. For $2, attendees can fill a grocery bag with clothes. Or, all donated bags earn a voucher for a bag at the fair. All proceeds and left overs will go to the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet .
The event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: Aurora Chiropractic, Limestone Production Group, Davey Trees, Gerald Subaru, Northwestern Medicine, Physicians Immediate Care, Prairie Wellness Counseling Center, Rocktown Adventures, Shine, and Sole Unique.