ROCHESTER — One of the planet’s largest Earth Day events, the Michigan Earth Day Fest, returns to downtown Rochester April 26-28, after a three-year hiatus. The 2010 event drew more than 50,000.

Featuring green and healthy living exhibits, presentations, programs and networking, as well as entertainment, awards, food and family fun, the MI Earth Day Fest will highlight environmental issues and solutions through education, product/service innovation and community building. Admission is free.

The event is sponsored by Pure Eco Environmental Solutions, Republic Services, Bosch Automotive and Meijer.

“Earth Day is the world’s largest secular observance, and we’re joining the celebration with an event planned to inspire, entertain and educate about how we can all make every day Earth Day,” says John Batdorf, general manager of presenting organization MI Green Team.

The Michigan Earth Day Fest takes place Friday, April 26, from 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Third and Water Streets in downtown Rochester. Highlights include:

The event also features a kickoff and awards ceremony Friday from 7 to 8 p.m., the third annual Michigan Green Hall of Fame and My Green Schools Art Contest award winners, a parade and pep rally Saturday at 11 a.m., and a local music talent showcase Saturday at 6 p.m.

Exhibits include innovative, eco-friendly and healthy products and services on display in the areas of food, energy, transportation, clothing, home, kids, garden, finances, art and more.

Presentations will be made by international climate change expert Peter Sinclair, County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash, beekeeper Rich Wieske and other thought-provoking presentations all weekend; weight loss advice from best-selling author Dr. Kerrie Saunders, DMC cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn, green juicing educator Anca Iordachianu and others, plus free massage, yoga and health screenings.

The event will also feature a kids’ corner with crafts, climbing  tower, straw bale climb and a full schedule of kids’ activities.

There will also be local talent entertainment, music, food, samples, tours, prizes and more.

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