UNION — Producers at Garden State GreenFest announced Friday that they are taking on the region’s “environmental deficit” by bringing in their secret weapon: Bill Nye the Science Guy.
“When Bill Nye came to our Expo in 2009 he attracted the largest crowds we’ve ever had for one speaker,” explains GreenFest Executive Co-Producer Kent Coules. “The more people that come to hear the GreenFest message of ‘Information. Inspiration. Action.’ the closer we’ll be to eliminating our environmental deficit in New Jersey. Bill Nye is the best person to help us achieve that goal.”
Known for making science entertaining and accessible for audiences of all ages, Nye is a passionate proponent of environmental causes. Nye won seven national Emmy Awards for writing, performing and producing “Bill Nye the Science Guy” for television; and the show won 28 Emmys in five years.
In 2009, Nye challenged fellow keynote presenter (and neighbor), Ed Begley, Jr., to a cordial but spirited smackdown over whose house is greener. That debate, started at the 2009 Greenfest, turned into a regular feature on Begley’s television show, “Living Green With Ed.” With or without a smackdown, festivalgoers are sure to be informed, inspired and entertained on Sunday, March 20, when Nye speaks.
The Garden State GreenFest will also include presentations and workshops by other leading environmental experts, scientists and family entertainers. On Saturday, March 19, attendees will be feast their eyes on the “World’s Largest Organic Cake,” created by none other than the world famous Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken. “The first 500 people to enter GreenFest that day will get a ticket entitling them to a piece of this amazing creation,” adds Coules. “But everyone will have a chance to pose for a photo with the cake and a surprise guest from Carlo’s before we cut it.”
This year marks the first ever Planet Hugger Film Festival, a screening of 16 films, shown in Kean’s STEM building Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Tickets are only $5 per movie if purchased online.
For some relaxation, GreenFest will host a beer and wine tasting festival Saturday, March 19, from 7-10 p.m. Advance registration is recommended as the event will likely sell out. “We will have a great selection of organic and/or locally produced beer and wine,” says Coules. “And the prices cannot be beat.”
More information about the Garden State GreenFest is available online at gardenstategreenfest.com.
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