April 23, 2012
Rain didn’t dampen first Earth Fair OBX at Jennette’s Pier

Jennette’s Pier

At least 300 folks showed up to enjoy the inaugural Earth Fair OBX on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, despite the rainy weather that afternoon at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head.

Several dozen exhibitors set-up both inside the pierhouse and outside underneath the covered porches to educate people on ways to keep the Outer Banks, “Clean and Green,” which was the mantra for the day’s festivities.

Educator Lydia Courtright came up with the idea to host Earth Day as well as the name, Earth Fair OBX. The free T-shirts with a trendy logo created by area artist Chris Wheeler were perhaps the best part of the celebration.

By the end of the day, all 200 shirts were gone, and most folks did tie-dye their shirts.  The T-shirts and other goods were paid for by a grant from the Outer Banks Community Foundation.

Another highlight of the day was the “trashion show” put on by First Flight High School students. They modeled clothing made from Earth-friendly materials on the “runway” in the gift shop.

And during the pauses while the students changed from one outfit to another, Courtright encouraged some of the youngsters sitting along the runway to get up and strut their stuff and they did.

Most of them had faces painted as kitty cats and other characters, which were painted by volunteers such as Jessica Kimsey and Kayleigh Blackwell, both of Kitty Hawk.

Holly Peele, 11, of Kill Devil Hills showed off her modeling potential as did Mary Jolly, 11, of Kitty Hawk and Emily Lewis, 12, of Kill Devil Hills hammed it up on the catwalk. Jolly and Lewis were on a Dare County Friends of Youth outing with mentors Mary Koenig and Lindsay Dubbs.

As all of the people made their way through all of the stations, they each got their “passports” stamped and when they had been through at least eight stations, they made an online pledge to preserve Mother Nature.

From there, they got their T-shirts and went outside to tie-dye them.
The staff of Jennette’s Pier would like thank everyone involved in the Earth Fair OBX, which was held in conjunction with the North Carolina Science Festival, a state-wide science initiative.

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