By Bruce Amaro
---- — 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.
The Haverhill Garden Club will participate in the fair this year for the first time. The club wants to use the fair to sell rain barrels and bamboo gardening gloves.
“We will have the barrels on display, and can take orders at the fair,’’ said club spokesperson Penelope Davis. “They sell for $70 each.’’
The barrels allow residents to conserve water from the city system by collecting rainwater to use in yards or for washing their vehicles.
A favorite at the fair, Fat Belly BBQ, will return to provide food to fair-goers. The fair will also have children’s activities, such as a petting zoo and arts and crafts.
Music at Sunday’s event will be provided by Paul Prue of Haverhill, who runs the Bradford Common Music series on Friday nights during the summer. Famous for his Prue’s Blues, he will be joined at the fair by several local musicians.
The latest vendor and sponsor list available includes the following participants: Geetrofits, Community Action, Fat Belly BBQ, Next Step Living, Covanta Energy, Bradford Grange, League of Women Voters, Haverhill Farmers Market, Haverhill Girl Scout Troop 85025, Haverhill Garden Club, Owens Corning, Positive Images Gallery, Marlene’s Green Carpet Cleaning, Chris’ Farm Stand, Kona-Ice 4 U, Green Harvest Hydroponics, GSEM Brownie Troop 85245, and Merrimack Valley Hospital.
More information and updates are available at the Haverhill Goes Green Facebook page.
If you go When: Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Where: GAR Park, across from the public library Admission: Free Parking: Free, on the rooftop of the Merrimack Street parking deck behind the police station and in the lot behind City Hall