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State Fairs Are Going Green

It's Not How You Feel on the Rides — Fairs Are Going Green!

Ah, state fair season! I can still feel the bruises on my forearms from scooping ice cream at mine when I was in high school. Though they're good old fashioned fun, fairs are kind of a suck on the planet. Just because that fried Twinkie on a stick has less packaging than the one you'd open at home, the generators required to heat up the fryers, the napkins — the carnival of waste is almost endless.

Some states are working to combat the rough on the earth reputation the way John McCain wants to cut out porkbarrel spending. (Get it? McCain? By a giant pig?) The Illinois State Fair is giving a green vendor award for the first time — the Donut Family won for serving in paper instead of styrofoam — and California and Washington have installed solar panels to make electricity, and turn all of their cooking oil into biofuels. See?! That deep-fried Twinkie is good for the environment.

Recycling is beginning slowly — and given the cost to fairs to haul trash — $165,000 in Illinois for 37 tons a day for 10 days, the move toward conservation could be perfect for man, beast, and pies alike.

Are you heading to your state fair?

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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i love that even fairs are considering the impact they have on the world and are going green to some extent. it's fun to think that there are implications that can be used for just about anything!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
The price of making solar panels has recently been drastically reduced as well (on NPR I heard the main ingredient has been significantly reduced in price for some reason). I think solar power is a great investment, and a nationwide resource.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I think solar power is a great idea.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
yeah, I think they've been around since the seventies Hypno. One of our neighbors growing up had them on his house. I always thought they were horribly ugly skylights. I even said this one time and my parents laughed for a straight five minutes. I was not amused! :wink:
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Haha! I remember when I was 19 my summer job was at the Sheraton Hotel next door to the Los Angeles Co. Fair grounds. I got to do the morning breakfast service for the diving team. Lord have mercy serving a bunch of hot men in towels is exactly what the Dr. ordered. Let's face it green technology is moving in and taking it's rightful place at the table. I would like to see solar panels which have been around for what decades now on every public school that would benefit from them.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
MMmmmm! Between that pig and the butter statue of Shawn Johnson in Iowa, I feel left out!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Went to a wine festival last weekend and they were roasting a pig about that size. It was soooooooooooo good :)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Ohio has those, too!
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
The Illinois state fair already had sculptures made out of butter. That's pretty green :D
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Ditto!
piper23 piper23 8 years
Me too! I'm glad I live where I do.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
True, except for real estate prices. When I watch HGTV and see how tiny the houses are for the price in other places it blows my mind.
piper23 piper23 8 years
Everything's bigger in TX. I read that somewhere. :)
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
You haven't heard it? It goes, M-I-crooked letter-crooked letter-I-crooked letter-crooked letter-I-humpback-humpback-I
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Awww, that's cute! I'll have to use that.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
We could fit that pig plus her two fat sisters!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Piper, you should see some of the big smokers down here in the south!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
lol, Amy, I have to M - I - Crooked letter - Crooked letter.... every time i spell Mississippi.
piper23 piper23 8 years
Pig pickings are pretty big here but I don't think I've ever seen a grill big enough to handle that porker.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
oh man. i'm on a roll. i know i misspelled halloween as well. I have to sing a song from elementary school in order to remember the spelling of halloween: H - A - Double L - O - W - Double E - N.... spells Halloween!
amybdk amybdk 8 years
FEEEEEEEEEET not FEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAT
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Me and the pig: :bcbw: (except for the feat and tail.... I'll make those into haloween costumes)
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
mmmm...pickled pigs feet. :sick:
amybdk amybdk 8 years
I want to eat it. The entire thing. Mmmmm bacon...
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
lol, and you know it is some little 90 lb. kid showing it. But the great thing about FFA auctions at state fairs is, this kid will probably get a good $10,000 dollars for it.
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