Sustainable Ballard Festival kicks off

The 6th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival kicked off Saturday, and it couldn’t have been a more gorgeous day.  
Sustainable Ballard
Once again, the free event is taking place at Ballard Commons Park and there’s plenty for everyone to see, do and learn about saving money and the planet. 
Charcoal Stove
Nearly 70 vendors with food, fun, how-to’s and how-not-to’s took part in this year’s fair.
Girl with Dog Cart
With some 4-legged help from Brett, this little girl took a test drive on a locally-developed sulky.
Undriver License
The Undriver Licensing Station returned for its 2nd year, recruiting people to make a one-month pledge to use an alternate form of transportation than a car. 
Sadie Undriver Photo
Since their launch at the 2007 Sustainable Ballard Festival, the organization has licensed more than 3,000 Undrivers.  People who make a pledge to reduce car use receive a license and eight free METRO bus passes.  (A $5 donation is suggested but not required.)
Undriver Help from Electric Car
When the Undriver Licensing station temporarily lost power, they sought help from what else – an electric car.
Dog Meets Goat
City dog, meet city goat.  The Seattle Farm Co-op returned with their urban chickens, rabbits and goats. 
Recycled Fashion Show
The Recycled/Upcycled Fashion Show featured creations from local designers, all of which were impressively made entirely out of recycled materials.
Flash Fashion
The first-ever Flash Fashion Challenge also kicked off.  The competition gives contestants 24 hours to build a new fashion from old.  Starter kits containing manufacture samples and partial-garments were available for people to pick up, as well as additional scraps and remnants. 
Little Fashionista
This junior designer couldn’t wait to get started.  We were told she plans to hand-sew her outfit.  The contest concludes tomorrow with a fashion show of all the creations at 4pm.

The Sustainable Ballard Festival continues on Sunday from 12-5pm.  Click here for a schedule of events.

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x-man
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x-man

where's all the jerky people from the forum that like to make fun of this event?

Mystech
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Probably all off attending a Glenn Beck rally? ;-)

Coffee
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Would love to attend such festival. It's great

TTTCOTTH
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TTTCOTTH

I guess they realize that commenting on an event that's a waste ot time, is, well…………, a waste of time.

x-man
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x-man

I guess TTTCOTTH was at the Glen Beck rally then…not wasting her time at all I might add.

Teddie
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Teddie

I was at home figuring out how to turn my family's manure into a renewable resource for my neighbors.

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I find this event somewhat ironic. What has been going on in Ballard for the past 5 years is the antithesis of “sustainable” – pouring in tens of thousands of new residents (high rise condos) into a neighborhood that can not support that kind of density is a recipe for disaster. Yet it appears to me that the very people runing this show are the same ones who actually encourage the kind of density that is transforming what was not long ago a nice, livable neighborhood into an urban dystopia. What exactly is “sustainable” about massively increasing Balard's population while… Read more »

Freddie
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Freddie

File this one under:

http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/

Sir Camp-a-lot
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Sir Camp-a-lot

What time is the biodegradable, wet t-shirt contest?

sdrake1958
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sdrake1958

Funny, I didn't see Glenn Beck's name mentioned in this story? WTF does he have to do with this freak show? What, dissent isn't patriotic any longer? Why isn't this called religion? If you drive it's a sin, right. I agree with the other comment about throttling a gazillion people into an already crowded area. And I have zero guilt about driving my SUV. Using 3rd grade Michael Moore logic though I probably shouldn't drive this week due to my neighbor needing gas to fill his huge boat and the kids cars up. Sustain that.

Freddie
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Freddie

Remember sdrake, if you don't love the Green Religion, it can only mean one thing: you listen to Glenn Beck and are a fascist.

Funny how the far left and far right have so much in common.

sdrake1958
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sdrake1958

FO

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alright I'll bite — just looking through the pictures I'm not sure i see much of anything that is serious ecological. Is this event about symbolic gestures and “awareness” (the most abused excuse for self-righteous indulgence)? the dog powered kid-cart in particular seems like a lot of energy and resourced wasted. there probably was a lot of practical stuff at the sustainable fest, but I'm starting to get jaded. My most eco-preachy Ballard yuppie friends look down on me for driving a super-low-emmission 19mpg SUV (6k miles a year), then they drive their 21 MPG, 10k miles a year Subarus… Read more »

Bark more, Wag Less
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Bark more, Wag Less

Don't you get it, turning Ballard green will make it too expensive for poor and working class people. Hell, all of Seattle for that matter. The new slums are going to be in the suburbs, places like Kent and Federal Way (you can already here the gunfire from there), and the new poverty will mean sitting on I5 for 3 hrs a day to get to work while us eco-conscious types will have a fancy electric tram to take us to work in 20 minutes. It's a devilishly simple plan that does wonders for our property values up here in… Read more »

kelly
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kelly

that's my city dog!

rich
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rich

I appreciate that fossil-fuel consumption at current levels probably isn't “sustainable” – but the rest of stuff mentioned here is probably bunk.

nothing wrong with raising you're own chickens – just don't delude yourself that you're somehow saving the planet doing it.

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nwcitizen

What's up with all the hostile comments on this thread? Just curious.