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Earth Awareness Fair

Annual Earth Awareness Fair

The City of Springfield Office of Public Works announced that its 25th Annual Earth Awareness Fair will take place Saturday, April 22 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the grounds of the Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield. This event will occur rain or shine!

This free, family-friendly event will feature more than 40 exhibitors highlighting topics including recycling, reuse, energy efficiency, alternative energy, native plants and habitats, local and organic foods, and water conservation.

The afternoon will also feature live music, games, crafts, activities and programs from organizations including Henson Robinson Zoo and a special bee presentation by Arvin Pierce. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

For those individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, translators will be present at scheduled workshops as well as at other activities.

For individuals and businesses interested in exhibiting or volunteering, please contact Adena Rivas, Community Programs Coordinator at 217.789.2255 or

Please check back regularly for an updated list of events and participants.

Exhibitors - as of 04/18/17

  • Acbees Apiaries
  • Ace Bicycle Show
  • Animal Protective League
  • Butler Funeral Home
  • City of Springfield Public Works: Waste and Recycling
  • City of Springfield Public Works: Forestry
  • Community Energy Systems
  • Connected Springfield
  • Copper Pot Studio
  • CWLP Energy Services
  • CWLP Water Services
  • Elevate Energy
  • Franklin Middle School
  • Friends of Sangamon Valley
  • Grow Springfield
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Henson Robinson Zoo
  • Historic Marbold Farmstead
  • HSHS St. John's Hospital
  • Illini Bird Fanciers
  • Illinois Audobon Society
  • Illinois Environmental Council
  • Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
  • Illinois Native Plants Society
  • Illinois Renewable Energy Association
  • Illinois Solar Energy Association
  • Illinois State Museum
  • Illinois Stewardship Alliance
  • Illinois USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services
  • Indian Creek Farmstead
  • Jubilee Farm
  • Kidzeum
  • Lincoln Library
  • Local First
  • Mayor's Monarch Pledge
  • Mervis Iron Recycling
  • Our Vibrant Community
  • Red Gate Farms
  • Republic Services
  • Sierra Club
  • Sikich Financial
  • Southern View Elementary
  • Springfield Bicycle Club
  • Springfield Civic Garden Club
  • Springfield Vegetarian Association
  • Starhill Forest Arboretum
  • Sustainable Springfield
  • Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon
  • University of Illinois Springfield
  • Usborne Books
  • Waste Management
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Wind Solar USA

Live Music Performances

  • Alec James (1:00 pm - 1:30 pm)
  • Shay on the Sax (2:00pm - 3:00pm)
  • Peaches & Bacon (3:15 pm - 3:45 pm)
  • The Good Companions (4:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
  • Springfield Uketopians (TBA - on the grounds of OSC)


  • “Build a Buddy” presented by Henson Robinson Zoo at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm
  • Bee Workshop presented by Arvin Pierce at 3:00 pm


Springfield Bicycle Club
  • Kids Bike Rodeo from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
    • Ages 5 through 12 years old eligible to participate
    • Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who signs a participation waiver
    • Bikes and helmets provided for rodeo use for those not bringing their own
    • Helmets required
  • “BYO-Bike” All Ages Bike Ride
    • 2:00 pm
    • Beginning and ending at the Old State Capitol
    • Ride for about an hour at a relaxed pace through city neighborhoods
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Helmets required on the ride for children, strongly recommended for adults
  • Garbagena Exhibit presented by Kidzeum
  • Bicycle Diagnostic Station provided by Ace Bicycle Shop

Food and Drinks

  • Just Right Eating
  • JoJo's Street Cuisine
Adult Beverages
  • Robbie’s Restaurant on the Old State Capitol Plaza will be open until 3:00 p.m.
  • Driftwood Eatery & Cocktail on 5th Street will be open during the duration of the event.