The “Compost King” sat on a throne overlooking his eco-kingdom at the third annual Green Fair Sunday afternoon. Through the maze of hay and plastic “farm-fare,” informational posters explained how to create a personal compost pile to reduce waste at home. More than 100 nonprofit organizations and retailers gathered at Marion Square to exhibit their green products and services to spread the word about sustainable living in the Carolinas.

A $5 entry fee provided unlimited access to a bustling arena filled with various booths dedicated to demonstrating green living through games and raffles, while local vendors like Roti Rolls and King of Pops provided treats. It felt like being at the state fair — only you didn’t feel awful after stuffing your face, or like you were being ripped off by playing a raffle game.

There were enough activities to keep everyone in the family busy: local jewelry makers displayed their creative fall flair for the eco-fashionista, an art walk boasted local artists’ creations, and a KidZone featured a rock climbing wall and face painting. Lowcountry musicians hit the stage throughout the afternoon, from the 3 Dudes, Dream Merchants, and Nathan Calhoun to the Blue Dogs and Uncle Mingo.

Ultimately, the Green Fair proved to patrons that sustainability is not only accessible, but it’s fun. Just ask the Compost King.

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