Eco Fair Kids Corner

Eco Fair Kids Corner

Children of all ages can join the fun at Main St. Arena at this year’s Kids Corner at the Earth Week Eco Fair!

The Rivanna Master Naturalists are going in circles this year. Follow the water cycle in an “Incredible Journey” which ends with a beaded bracelet. Or explore the rock cycle to see how mountains, soil, and rocks are all connected–and how one turns into another. 

Ever want to feel a fox or a fowl? Ivy Creek Foundation is bringing its hands-on displays featuring fur, feather, and fang. To reinforce your fondness for fauna, we’ll be offering two creative classes during the afternoon.

At 2:00 pm, we’ll learn more about animal skulls and then practice making skulls out of clay that you can take home. 
At 4:00 pm, we’ll learn about butterfly anatomy and make our own butterflies from feathers and pipe cleaners.

Parents are invited to play with us too!

To learn more about the Kids Corner sponsoring non-profits, check out their websites:

Ivy Creek Foundation

Rivanna Master Naturalists


Annual Children’s Bike Rodeo

This year’s Bike Rodeo is also taking place on Sunday April 21st, from 1-3 p.m. Bring your kids and their bikes for free, hands-on bike riding activities to teach and promote bike safety.  A fun event for folks 6-12 years of age. Free bike helmets, t-shirts, raffle and bike powered blended smoothies for participants.  

Location: Frank Ix Building, (Entry from east side near Blue Wheel Bicycles) 941 2nd Street, SE

For more information: 


Bike Rodeo 

Eco Fair Book Swap

Back again in 2013 – The Eco Fair Book Swap!

There will be a book swap table at the Eco Fair. Rules are, bring an environmental- or nature-themed book (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, what have you) to the Eco Fair and drop it off at the book swap table. While you’re there, peruse the books that have been generously donated or left by other patrons. Pick one out and give it a new home (yours)!

All books that are left at the end of the day will be donated to a worthy cause! 


(Last year our partners were Michael Green, Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional LibraryRapunzel’s Coffe & Books, and Random Row Books! Without them, this venture would never have made it off the ground. Details are being worked out for 2013 – stay tuned!)

Eco Fair Logistics

Vendor Logistics for Main Street Arena

Map to the Main Street Arena – 230 W. Main St. Charlottesville, VA 22902 (or download a pdf of these instructions)


If you have anything large/unwieldy to load or unload from a vehicle, we recommend using a pull-through that consists of the parking lot for the Artful Lodger, and Old Preston Ave. Enter the Artful Lodger parking lot from W. Market St., unload in one of the last 8 spots on the left (the Artful Lodger is closed on Sunday), and then exit the back onto Old Preston Ave., bringing you back out to W. Market Street.

For the organizations who are doing workshops in the upstairs Annex, we have reserved the two parking spaces on Water Street. You can use one of these spots to load and unload into the Annex.

Logistics Loading/setup: 10:30am to 12-noon

Check-in: For tablers/presenters, please check in when you arrive with the volunteer in charge of directing folks. This person should be easy to identify – think Earth Week t-shirt, or perhaps orange safety vest!

Click here to download the pdf of the Arena layout.

Take-down: Eco-Fair ends at 6 pm, must be out by 7 pm.

Parking: We were unable to secure free parking for the event, but many local downtown businesses provide up to two hours of free parking at either the Water or Market Street parking garages (shop local!).

Click here to download a pdf of the full listing of businesses that provide parking validation.

There are also many parking options around the downtown area, including:

• City lot (free) between 1st St. and 2nd St. SW, and Water St. and South St.

• Private lot (paid) between 1st St. and 2nd St. SE, and Water St. and South St.

• City parking spaces (free) along Garrett St., two blocks off mall

• Private garage (paid) on 2nd St. SE between Water St. and South St – parking validated

• Private garage (paid) on E. Market St. between 5th and 6th Streets- parking validated

• City lot (free) on E. Market St. between 7th and 8th Streets

The Eco-Fair starts at 12 noon, and ends at 6pm. Loading can be as early as 10:30, and we ask you to be in before 12 noon, as this will minimize disruption of the actual event. We understand that everyone operates on different schedules, and some of our participants are traveling great distances to be here, so you may leave and unload when necessary, but we ask that you be respectful of the other exhibitors as you do so, and make an effort to tread lightly, so to speak.

If you have questions, please direct them to and we will try to get them answered as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience, as the demands for our time exponentially increase as we get closer to Earth Day.

Eco Fair Exhibitors

List of Exhibitors for 2013 (alphabetical)

350 Central Virginia   
Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population (ASAP)   
Albemarle Ciderworks   
Altenergy Incorporated   
Barefoot Bucha   
Biocraft Designs, LLC   
Black Bear Composting   
C’ville Foodscapes   
C’ville Vegetarian Fest   
C’ville’s 1st Compassionate EcoVillage   
Charlottesville Tomorrow   
Charlottesville’s Earthly Cleaning   
Chesapeake Climate Action Network   
City of Charlottesville   
County of Albemarle   
Daisy Blue Naturals   
Edgecomb’s Imported Auto   
Food Not Bombs   
Green Adventure Project   
Ivy Creek Foundation  
Living Sky Foundation    
Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP)   
Monticello Bird Club   
New Forest Earth   
Oesch Environmental Design   
Outdoor Charlottesville   
Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club   
Powering People, Inc.   
Rebecca’s Natural Food   
Relay Foods   
Republic Services   
Rivanna Master Naturalists   
Rivanna Regional Stormwater Education Partnership   
Safe Minds   
Sahajayoga Meditation   
Sapphire Star Arts   
Sharondale Farm – Mushrooms and Useful Plants   
The Better Tymes Project, A Benefit Corporation   
The Center for a New American Dream   
The Echo   
The Juice Laundry   
The Nature Conservancy   
The Silver Grouper   
The Zeitgeist Movement   
Transition Charlottesville/Albemarle  
Virginia Conservation Network   
Virginia NORML   
Wild Virginia   

Eco Fair

Earth Week and Republic Services present EcoFair 2013!

Sunday, April 21st, 12 noon – 6 pm at the Main Street Arena in Charlottesville

Presented by: Republic Services

Additional support from: City of Charlottesville & County of Albemarle

Come celebrate 12 years of promoting and increasing environmental awareness in and around Charlottesville.


Information and education – the last three years, we’ve had ~75 exhibitors including non-profits, green businesses and conservationist organizations

Workshops and presentations 

12 pm

Home Energy Reviews – presented by LEAP (The Local Energy Alliance Program)

A great way to start energy efficiency improvements in your home. 

1 pm

How to Brew Your Own Kombucha – presented by Barefoot Bucha

Learn how simple it can be to make your own kombucha at home. Ethan Zuckerman, Master Brewer at Barefoot Bucha, will share recipes and expertise from his tried and true home brewing method, a process that is easy for participants to replicate at home.  He will also talk about Barefoot Bucha’s low waste business model, and encourage creative thought amongst participants of how to take similar steps in their own lives or businesses. This session is appropriate for beginning and seasoned kombucha brewers, those interested in conscious consumerism, and local food aficionados.

2:30 pm

Eat Your Lawn!: Practical Permaculture for the Home Gardener – presented by Cville Foodscapes

Transform your lawn into a beautiful, abundant, low-maintenance edible oasis that will nourish your family and your community for generations to come!  Permaculture is the art and science of designing landscapes that provide for human needs while actively regenerating the local ecosystem.  In this workshop we’ll introduce you to the process of ecological design in an easily-accessible, immediately-implementable way.  We’ll discuss physical techniques like garden bed layout, excellent fruit tree cultivars for our region, and other design tips that can re-grow your home landscape into a wonderful living space for all species.  Our goal is to equip you with the tools, the know-how, and the motivation to get to work reading the landscape and making small but powerful beneficial changes today.

3:30 pm

Green Living “Recipes” – presented by Better World Betty

Betty shares her favorite green “recipes:” locally-based tips and solutions for living a sustainable lifestyle for home, work, school or office!

When it comes to reducing your footprint… Got a minute?  Got an hour?  Got several days and the means to make deeper change? Come to Betty’s talk on ways to reduce your environmental footprint across a spectrum of topics. From energy and water to purchasing lightbulbs and shopping green – you can’t save the planet without someone fun and friendly like Betty by your side!

4:30 pm

Multimedia presentation by Jackson Landers

Jackson Landers shares images, stories and insight from his time spent hunting and eating invasive species all around North America and the Caribbean. Armed with everything from nets to shotguns, Landers explores both the tragic ecological results of biological invaders and also the potential to remove some invaders one meal at a time.


Click here for a list of the organizations that will be exhibiting at the Eco Fair.


This year, the raffle takes on a different format – you must be present to win. However, we will be running the raffle at three different times – 12:50 pm, 2:50 pm and 4:50 pm!

Click here for additional details about the raffle, including the list of prizes.

Book Swap

Bring a copy of your favorite environmentally themed book – be it fiction, non-fiction or other – to swap out for something you have never read before! There will be a table at the fair that will be a take-one, leave-one (or -two) book swap. Sponsored by several local used bookstores, this concept was new in 2012, and will be back again this year! Click here for additional information.

Kid’s Corner

Expanded for 2013! A full day of activities, including hands-on fun, face-painting and other kid friendly entertainment!
Click here for additional information. 

Great local music 

(more info and times coming soon!) 

Also at the 2013 Eco Fair

Networking opportunities

Delicious local food and drinks