Have Some Eco-Friendly Fun at the Idaho Green Expo 

Saturday, June 23-Sunday, June 24

So learning about ways to live green sounds dull, eh? Well get ready—the fifth-annual Idaho Green Expo will leave you contemplating how you're going to learn the ins-and-outs of backyard beekeeping, follow your path to inner healing and have time to take in the recycled fashion show.

On Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, at Expo Idaho, you can sip a local eco-brew while filling your cranium with enough eco-info to fill a cart with reusable shopping bags.

"We are hoping that people will spend more time there, that people will attend the workshops, talk to the vendors and see what people are doing in the Treasure Valley," said Joanie Bear, event program director.

The two-day event will feature hands-on workshops focused on sustainability, more than 120 booths of vendors displaying sustainable products and services, local food, beer, music and a "green within" room exemplifying green health.

DL Evans Bank and the Small Business Development Center are sponsoring 12 emerging businesses, enabling up-and-comers such as Urban Worm and Sol Bakery to participate.

"There are some really neat businesses here that are just starting out and have a green component to them," Bear said.

Musicians will play throughout both days, and the line up includes locals Nate Fowler, New Transit and AKA Belle. A concert will be held after the Expo's official closing time at 7 p.m. on June 23, starring Bill Coffey and Cash Money Cousins.

Vendors including Brown Shuga Soul Food and Asian Boy BBQ will dish out local treats during a food-truck rally, and around-the-clock workshops will be offered on everything from raising urban chickens to worm composting, sustainable building and electric vehicles.

For the kiddies, a petting farm will feature the offspring of weed-eating goats from werentgoats.com. Kids' yoga and a sandbox dump will also provide fun for the young and young at heart.

Thrift store fashion shows, an eco auto show, a silent auction and a scavenger hunt will round out the weekend's festivities.

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