Eco Experience Offers Family Events During the State Fair

Explorer Will Steger will give a presentation on global warming on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

The grandstand and Miracle of Birth Center aren't the only places to find entertainment at the Minnesota State Fair. With the return of the Sustainability Stage at the second annual Eco Experience, fairgoers of all ages have a chance to learn about the environment and eco-friendly choices in a fun, interactive and entertaining way.

Last year the shows at the Sustainability Stage were so popular that an additional show time was added, increasing the number of daily performances to six. The stage will host 72 total shows featuring 36 different performers. All programs are free for all fairgoers.

This year, the stage is proud to have presenters such as native Minnesotan and famed explorer Will Steger, Trisha and the Toonies Enviro-Show, and Clancy the mercury-detecting dog.

Steger's presentation of, "Eyewitness to Global Warming/Lessons Learned from Baffin Island 2007," will share insights, stories and photos from his recent expedition to Baffin Island.

"I'm proud to work with events like the State Fair's Eco Experience, which helps Minnesotans realize the number of solutions there are to alleviate global warming," said Steger. "These solutions are easy, economically-viable and convenient. Every time you flip a switch or drive somewhere you're making a choice - and the information and booths in the Eco Experience provide you with better choices you can make everyday that have a very real impact on our environment." Steger's presentation is Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 3:30 p.m.

Trisha and the Toonies Enviro-Show will make several appearances on the Sustainability Stage. The kid-friendly interactive comedy and musical performance teaches that little actions make a big difference and promotes the importance of stewardship for the earth. Trisha and the Toonies Enviro-Show is on the Sustainability Stage at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Aug. 25, through Aug. 27, and Sept. 1 and 2 at 1:00 p.m.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Mercury-Free Zone Program for schools relies on the nose of Clancy the mercury-detecting dog. Clancy sniffs out mercury in schools and other facilities across the state so it can be eliminated. Clancy and his trainer, Carol Hubbard, also educate students and school staff on the danger of mercury, how exposure occurs and how to properly dispose of mercury. Clancy will demonstrate his abilities on the Sustainability Stage Aug. 30 and Sept. 3 at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

For more Sustainability Stage shows and times, see the complete schedule at www.ecoexperience.org.

The Eco Experience is a 25,000-square-foot exhibit devoted to educating visitors on ways to lessen their environmental footprint. Exhibits include a rain gardens, an eco home and various displays on renewable energy, organic products and services. The Eco Experience is presented by the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

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