By Aeron Noe | Volunteer, Kings Mountain Art Fair
The Kings Mountain Art Fair, ranked the No. 1 fine arts fair in Northern California by the 2015 Art Fair SourceBook, will take place Labor Day weekend. A local tradition for 52 years, the fair is set in the redwoods near Huddart Park, and features 130 juried artists across a wide range of mediums and prices.
For many years, visitors to the fair have seen few changes. There are still no corporate sponsors, and all the employees are actually local volunteers, which gives it a genuine grassroots atmosphere. The food is prepared locally from fresh ingredients. But this year, there will be something new about the fair.
"People can expect to see more compost bins, and fewer garbage bins," says fair director Dawn Neisser. "This is the first major step in a move towards zero waste."
Local resident and retired environmentalist and teacher Ken McIntire is leading this new effort, and began by coordinating with the cook shack managers to make sure that most of the plates, utensils, etc, would be compostable. He then coordinated with Green Waste to adjust for the waste management for the event.
"I have been working at the fair for several years on waste patrol and figured I could really improve it once I retired," he said. "We will have three bins, and compost should be the greatest volume and landfill the least."
Proceeds from the event benefit the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Kings Mountain Elementary School. The fair will be open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Sept. 5, 6, and 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A full breakfast is served starting at 8 a.m. Parking and admission are free. The address is 13889 Skyline Blvd. in Woodside.
For more information visit www.kingsmountainartfair.org.