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Mark Your Calendars, its time once again for the 5th annual Sustainable Ballard Festival, full of fun festival games like "how to grow chickens in the city" and "the best compost contest." While this is not your typical festival, Sustainable Ballard hopes to encourage self-reliance among community members and reduce dependence on foreign oil. The event is free to the public and will be held September 27th & 28th from 11am-5pm at Ballard Commons Park.Other fun festival games include, "The Eat Local Challenge," scoring an "undrivers license," "The Eat Local Challenge," "Seattle Free School Classes" and "Sew Fun Bags." The sewing event is part of a Swap-O-Rama-Rama, where people can trade in clothing, and at the festival, then borrow a sewing machine to make something new out of something old.
Begun in 2003, over 25 organizations participate in the annual event, which draws over 5,000 area residents to the event each year. The group originally formed as a way to use their collective energy and passion to help and encourage each other and their neighbors.
Sustainable Ballard does more than host wacky festivals, they also encourage creative sustainability, such as putting in free bike racks throughout the city for any local business that requests them, and has a blog devoted to encouraging and helping area community members stick with their 100-mile diet. They are also part of a larger Sustainable Puget Sound Networking organization "Sustainable Communities All Over Puget Sound," which works to build and share sustainable resources through a network of 60 communities.
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