An eco-friendly fair — 44th annual Renaissance Fair embraces sustainability

Landfills teeming with trash and emitting environmentally toxic gases, are filled with heaps of unnecessary waste — but the Moscow community is fighting back.

The 44th annual Moscow Renaissance Fair takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday to Sunday at Moscow’s East City Park. The fair is a free music festival with a parade, live entertainment, food, hand-made crafts and a zero-waste goal.

“We use the whole park, we have activities for kids, we have lots of food booths and a food court of all non-profit organizations,” said Arlene Falcon, Moscow Renaissance Fair committee member and owner of Tye Dye Everything.

The event’s organizers will offer public water stations where attendants can refill water bottles and mandate that vendors must only use compostable tableware, according to a news release.

Attendants of all ages are welcome — the fair will have a beer garden for adults to enjoy, a children’s obstacle course and a youth stage with age-friendly performances.

Food vendors will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.

The fair will have over 100 craft booths across the park that open at the start of the event on both days until 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.

The main stage performers include Jus Wright, a Spokane reggae band, and Hillfolk Noir, a Boise neo-traditionalist trio. Main stage performances will last from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday on the Peter Basoa Memorial Stage.

A giant dragon will also make an appearance at the parade, Falcon said, which takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday in the park.

The entirely self-sustaining fair is directed by a self-titled non-profit community group, with no sponsors.

Kyle Pfannenstiel can be reached at arg-arts@uidaho.edu or on Twitter @pfannyyy


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