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Sunday, July 17, 2011

And Solar Fest WAS Too Cool, and HOT! A Photo Essay

Solar Cooking Seranades on Solar Row

The Eighth Annual NW Solar Fest was indeed bigger and better than ever!  Latest estimates put the number of attendees in the thousands! 
Graham Kerr, the "Galloping Gourmet" Headlined
Graham Kerr shared ideas for Solar Cooking on Solar Cooker Row.
Peas cooked up by the Sun even on a "So-so" sunny day in
Shoreline, WA.

Over 80 exhibitors this year provided something for everyone. Every conceivable technology with Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living was on display.
Silicon Energy, a NW based Company, was a co-sponsor.

Thousands of Fairgoers had their choice of fun and educational
activities, Solar House in backround
The Solar Fest is an event conceived and presented by the Shoreline Solar Project beginning in 2004 when Larry Owens and Maryn Wynne and others began by taking advantage of the City Light sponsorship of a Solar Energy installation at Meridian Park Elementary School. It was then the only public building in Shoreline with a solar installation. 

Now Maryn and Larry head up this incredible effort with an amazing fair held at the Shoreline Community College. It is the largest "grass-roots" renewable energy fair in the Northwest. 
Maryn Wynne and Larry Owens celebrate that
Solar Fest is underway with the sun shining!
Kidzone was a hit as usual with lots of fun activities. The Solar Fest Kidzone is headed up by Carin Chase. Every kid received a "Solar Powered Car" to take home for FREE! 
Carin Chase helps the little solar techs with projects

Mini Solar Car Races fascinate the younger set

Musik Garden provides
fun sounds and fun for volunteers too

Solar Fest had a huge Volunteer contingent of
dozens of helpers of all ages!

Little Fellow Enjoys Solar Fountain
Solar Fest can't be beat for Education
Which is why it is co-hosted by
Shoreline Community College
and many other sponsors.

Many other pictures tell the story of the day.  Great Food!
Family run restaurant Jerseys based in Shoreline
served up their great slaw, salads, chowder and famous
homemade BBQ chips

Great Entertainment! 
Puppets Save The World with good energy
toured the site
Great Non-profits and Companies Exhibited and talked to visitors throughout the day.

Diggin' Shoreline crew for Community Gardens
l-r, Judy Greisel, Londa Jaques, and Joyce Schowalter

At Shoreline Historical Museum table
Director Vicki Stiles shows off
Peter Rabbit coloring art

Hungry-hungry Frogs Toy at Just Frogs-toads Too
in Kidzone presented by Thayer Cueter

So many folks made Solar Fest happen including SSP treasurer and Shoreline City Councilmember Chris Eggen
Chris Eggen pitches at Solar Fest
at Sustainable Shoreline booth
And so much cool tech, it was buzzin!
The Tesla! 

Solar Panels power the Solar House at the SSC Campus
And a Super Solar Time was had by all at Solar Fest!! What a great asset to our City and Region! 
Sierra Brews hosted the "After Party" at
the Beer Garden
(and thanks to Cleanscapes for
co-sponsoring the event!)
Can hardly wait till next year's Solar Fest!


  1. More pictures and video on our Facebook page:

  2. Thanks for posting this Janet. One note, it wasn't hundreds of people, early returns from those counting people at the gate put it at close to 2,000 people not counting the steady stream of people walking up from other parking areas on campus.

  3. Thanks for the update. I figured it was thousands, but wasn't sure till now. Will add update! Thanks Wendy!