2nd annual Earth Day Expo comes to a close

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Hundreds attended the Earth Day Expo on Saturday, and the committee expected a great turnout on Sunday.

Black Hills FOX Reporter Katrina Lim takes us to the Central States Fairgrounds to learn about living sustainably.

Chair of Earth Day Expo Kelly Moore says, "One of the things that the Native American community always says is that when you do something, you think about seven generations forward, and that's really what sustainability is about. Whatever I do today, I should not be harming my future generations from being able to do the same thing."

Things were wrapping up on the last day of the Earth Day Expo.

Kids could make their own bird feeders out of recycled bottles and take them home.

Kids could also learn how to enjoy the natural world in a sustainable way from the Leave No Trace Seven Principles.

Leave No Trace Trainer Jane Amiotte says, "We are just trying to encourage a good land ethic so people will take care of the land so it'll be available and in a good sense for other people to be able to enjoy also in the future."

They even set up a campsite to demonstrate these principles.

Katrina Lim says, "Right now I am sitting in Leave No Trace's Camp Oh No. Camp Oh No is a demonstration of everything you shouldn't do while camping. For example, there's trash left here all over the ground. Our campfire over there is sitting too close to our source of water as well as our tent. And it looks like the campers here picked a flower earlier, which is not good because now, other campers that come to this campsite can't enjoy the pretty flowers."

Other booths at the expo included 4-H, Dakota Rural Action, and the Black Hills Farmers Market.

Jessica Stori says, "This is our first year at the expo, but I have to say it has been excellent. We're really looking forward to the third year of the Earth Day Expo and I hope that they invite us to come back."

The Farmers Market also had a seed swap and fresh food samples to show why growing or shopping local is good.

Jessica Stori says, "We really want to support our local producers, our local gardeners. Kind of keeping that money in the same community where it came from so that's why we really like to see local food supported. You're also going to see a lot fresher produce if you shop locally and just know you're supporting your neighbor when you buy from the Farmers Market."

The Expo's activities ended with a film festival at the Elks Theater.

Katrina Lim, Black Hills FOX News.