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Solar power focus of annual energy fair
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Walnut Elementary Education Center and the City of Turlock are hoping to raise awareness about energy conservation with the 3rd Annual Energy Faire, set for Oct. 6.

The Energy Faire is a community event that will feature a variety of exhibit booths, demonstrations, kids’ activities, and food and concessions.

“Walnut’s participation is substantial.  Teachers and students will lead hands-on activities.  Activities include building windmills with K'Nex, racing solar cars, experimenting with solar powered electronics, creating solar art work, learning about recycling, and much more,” said organizer and Walnut teacher Bret Sutterley. “Our new event this year is our solar oven competition (students are building solar ovens at home and having a cookie bake competition) in our quad. We are hoping for lots of ingenious cooks and their ovens.”

The event will provide a unique opportunity for students, residents and businesses within the community to participate in free, fun activities and learn about businesses and vendors in the Turlock community that offer professional advice and cost-cutting strategies to help implement energy efficiency solutions at home, work and play.

As a preview to the Saturday event, 5th graders from Brown, Medeiros, and Earl elementary schools will travel to the Walnut campus on Friday to learn about energy and electricity from their Discovery Walnut student counterparts. TID will also be on the campus that day to demonstrate how power poles are put up and electricity safety.