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April 25, 2013

Celebrating the environment

Annual Haverhill Goes Green Fair is Sunday

HAVERHILL — A spring rite of passage, the Haverhill Goes Green Fair on Sunday will celebrate its fourth consecutive year as one of the community’s premiere seasonal events.

The fair began in 2010 at Winnekenni Castle and since has moved around the city, finding a home in GAR Park just north of downtown.

The focus of participating volunteers, business and organizations is showing the public how it can help the environment — whether through shopping habits, how residents work in their yards or clean their homes.

This year’s fair has an agricultural focus, with the introduction of “Agriculture Alley.’’ There, agricultural vendors will include Chris’ Farm Stand, Marlene’s Green Carpet Cleaning, Fletcher Community Farm, Great Scotts 4-H Club, the Bradford Grange, the Agriculture Commission Bureau, the Haverhill Farmers Market, Gimme Chews and Moore, and Dory Meadow Equestrian Center.

The fair will have several new booths, while regulars like Covanta Energy and the Farmers Market return.

“It takes a lot of organization every year, but most of the people know about it, and a lot of them have contacted me about the fair and have signed up for it,” said fair organizer Heather Budrewicz of the city’s Brightside organization.

Most organizations that have participated in previous years will be at Sunday’s event, she said.

“I was getting calls early in the year to ask about the fair,” Budrewicz said. “That was encouraging.’’

Geetrofits will return to the fair this year, where Jeremy Marcotte will demonstrate his mixed fuel internal combustion engine retrofit system. A fair regular, Marcotte said his product gets plenty of attention from fair-goers.

“I don’t sell anything at the fair, but I’ve made some good industry connections there,” he said.

His small engine retrofit sells well to homeowners, he said. The equipment allows residents to add virtually any kind of liquid to the fuel in a small engine, like that of a lawnmower. It allows the engine to burn less fuel and put fewer pollutants into the environment.

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