Greener BeeGreen LivingGalloway GreenFest helps educate about environmentally friendly living

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Rescheduled a day after Saturday’s rain-out, Go Green Galloway held its fifth annual GreenFest at Patriot Lake.

The festival included displays from eco-friendly companies with energy saving ideas, local farms selling organic produce and homemade and upcycled crafts.

“Our effort through this fair is to promote different ways of living sustainably,” Go Green Chairwoman Mary Crawford said.

Atlantic County Utilities Authority agents and home-energy professionals told home owners how to lower monthly bills and use alternative-energy sources, such as solar panels, while kids took in shows at the pavilion and the craft corner.

“I really like the animal show,” said 7-year-old Abby Gunnels, of Galloway, drawing a stick figure on her new tote bag.

Animal rescue Eyes of the Wild introduced kids and adults to a few of the animals they care for, including a ferret, a baby alligator and a wallaby named Melinda.

“A few of the animals were rescues. Some were people pets they didn’t want anymore,” said Joe Dolan, Eyes of the Wild presenter. “We do presentations with the animals for education and entertainment.”

Crawford said the Go Green Galloway’s idea for GreenFest was to bring together environmentally friendly solutions to one event, so people could learn how to easily incorporate green living into their daily lives.

“We hope people will find one or two ways that you can live sustainably,” Crawford said.

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