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May 26, 2010 11:14AM

Healthy Living Fair Attractions and Activities

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Visit an alpaca from Hearland 'Criations' of Rio, Ill., at Radish's Healthy Living Fair this Saturday.
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Allan Pillard of Princeton, Iowa, gives instruction to a guest on how to ride his Zing recumbent trike. The invention was a popular attraction during the fair.
*Alpacas: While green is not one of the 22 natural colors of alpaca fleece, alpacas are 'green' in more ways than one. Their fleece is as soft as cashmere and warmer than wool, and since there is no lanolin in the fiber, it is hypo-allergenic. Gentle and curious by nature, alpacas are also efficient eaters, consuming only about 1 1/2 percent of their body weight daily. When you visit the Heartland "Criations" Alpacas' booth at the Radish Fair, you will be able to see alpacas and learn more.

* Alternative Energy and Transportation: Check out the SMART bus, a solar powered bookmobile and resource center; chat with representatives of QC TAG about bike and bus routes from home to work; kick the tires on a hybrid car; learn more about what is new in mass transit from Metro; take a spin on Zing, the recumbent bike designed by Iowa native Allan Pillard; talk to Root Cellar about the RV of the future, an energy efficient vehicle powered by solar, wind and ethanol technologies; and get to know the folks from the Illinois and Iowa Renewable Energy Associations.

* Eastern Iowa Community College: EICC has partnered with the Quad City Home Builders and Remodelers Association, the Iowa Center for Sustainable Communities, and MidAmerican Energy to provide Scott County residents with guidance for building energy efficient homes and neighborhoods. Learn more about their GREEN programs, including summer workshops and environment day camps for kids, at the Radish booth.

* WQPT: Super WHY, hero of the PBS Kids adventure series, will be making the trip from Storybook Village to the Quad Cities to meet the younger residents of Radishland. At the WQPT tent, kids can participate in healthy living activities, get a chance to meet with Super WHY, and walk away sporting a temporary tattoo.

* Cleaning without chemicals: Curious as to how you can save time, money and the environment simply by changing your cleaning products? Norwex will demonstrate personal care products and cleaning supplies that can radically reduce the use of chemicals in your home. Welz Farm also will be on had to showcase restoration products like Rustbeeter, an environmentally friendly rust remover made from sugar beets, and Soy Gel paint remover, a product that is non-flammable, non-caustic, nearly odorless and made entirely from soybeans harvested in the U.S.

* Farmers' market: Don't forget to visit the Freight House Farmers' Market! From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. the market will be open and offering fresh produce (both local and brokered), baked goods, meats and poultry, eggs, handcrafted soaps, locally-produced wines, cheeses, garden plants, dog treats, arts and crafts, handmade jewelry and more. Can't wait until you get home for a nibble? Food and beverage vendors on site sell hot sandwiches, kettle corn, grilled kebabs, lemon shake-ups, gourmet coffees and more.

* MarketPlace: Southeast of the Freight House you will find more than 60 exhibitors from eastern Iowa and western Illinois offering a variety of healthy living products and services, including natural foods, cookbooks, beauty and hair-care products, chiropractic methods, lawn and garden supplies, native plants, local and organic jewelry, organic lawn care, health screenings, yoga and more.

* More downtown: Take a stroll from the Freight House and you will soon discover there is plenty more to see and do in downtown Davenport. Check out the Figge Art Museum (figgeart.org), currently exhibiting pieces from the John Deere corporate collection that include pieces by Calder, Chagall, Toulouse-Lautrec and Grant Wood. Amble along the Mississippi as it runs past LeClaire Park. Or visit the River Music Experience (rivermusicexperience.org), which features a cafe, music museum and The Redstone Room, a live music venue. For more information downtowndavenport.com.

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