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Higher Grounds Fair-Volunteering

September 25, 2017
SER student Cody DeBoer at his booth during the Higher Grounds Fair
SER student Cody DeBoer at his booth during the Higher Grounds Fair

By: Sam Stein

Mid to late September there is an event held at the Fair Grounds where a group of like-minded people come together to talk about and learn about sustainable living in the West. This event is called the Higher Grounds Fair and this past weekend marked its second year running. People from all over Laramie come out with their llamas, goats, bees (with homemade honey), specially made soils, handcrafted jewelry, and more. This was my first year volunteering for this event (or any event actually…), and I had a blast.

My friend and fellow student, Cody DeBoer, had been asked if he would talk about solar power and sustainable building at the fair, and was more than willing to display his portable solar panel and set up a booth. We brought in a bunch of tools that could be run off of a solar panel and its battery pack, hauled in pallet wood, and brought a variety of items to show to patrons. By the end of the weekend we were basically a solar arts and crafts table.

We had a great time tearing apart pallets with people and showing them how all of the tools worked with the solar panel and all of the things that you can build (Cody even got to brag about his e-bike). We met a lot of people interested in renewable energy and made friends with some kids who wanted to paint on the pallet wood while their parents worked at other booths. Not only were we able to educate people on solar energy and all of its potential, but we were able to network with others who have similar interests.

Seeing everyone enjoying the fair and learning about sustainable living was very fun, and sharing our knowledge with others was even more rewarding. We had the opportunity to learn new things from more experienced individuals and share our own life experiences with others. I enjoyed watching Cody talk about his passion, and I loved helping kids take apart pallet wood and help them paint it (I even got to pet a llama and hold a baby goat, so I’d say it was an extremely successful weekend.)

I’d have to say this has been one of the best experiences I’ve had volunteering; it was extremely rewarding and a great way to meet new people and network. I’d highly encourage all students to take an opportunity to volunteer. Pick something you are passionate about, and something that you believe is truly impactful that you would enjoy. Who knows, you might be like me and be able to accomplish your lifelong goal of holding a goat!


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