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Celebrate Mother Earth at NMSU’s Earth Day Fair

Art displays, live music, eco-friendly businesses, dance and environmental research will be featured at this year’s Earth Day Fair Las Cruces event on the New Mexico State University campus.

The fair will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at the NMSU Horseshoe, located at the corner of Espina and South Horseshoe streets. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature children’s craft booths and performances by singer-songwriters Gabrielle Louis and Darryl Purpose; bands Little Table Contraband, The Hooligans and Tribal Storm; and a local belly dance troupe.

There will be local potters, metalworkers, tie-dyed clothing and accessories, handmade jewelry, two food trucks and more.

“Whether you’re appreciating the arts and the environment, or seeking a gift for yourself or a loved one, the Earth Day Fair has something for you,” said joni newcomer, manager of environmental policy and sustainability at NMSU. “Scientists at NMSU are tackling global challenges from agriculture to climate change. We’re especially honored to welcome Dr. David Johnson, whose work was recently featured in the book, ‘The Soil Will Save Us.’ His work holds the potential to simultaneously resolve climate change and global food scarcity.”

Local charities will present information at Earth Day, including the Southwest Environmental Center and Pasqual.

“SWEC performs advocacy, education, and on-the-ground projects to protect and restore native wildlife and their habitats in the Southwestern borderlands, and Pasqual has developed a clean-burning stove that will be lifesaving in the developing world,” newcomer said.

For more information, call 575-646-7563.