Green’s the theme for Synergy Fest

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By Mercy Lopez

Going green was the theme of the day at the sixth annual Synergy Fest at Memorial Middle School on Saturday.

From a band stage running on solar energy to the recycling of materials, patrons of this year’s Synergy Fest gained knowledge in the various forms of sustainable and renewable energy. Lloyd Goding, head of the Las Vegas Chapter of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association, said the event was intended to provide area residents a chance to understand and utilize the various energy forms to in their homes.

“This original intent of Synergy Fest was to celebrate life,” Goding said. “It encompasses solar, water and wind energy to impact lifestyle. I am pretty pleased with the about 400 people that attended this year’s event.”

Valerie Duran, park guide at Fort Union National Park, used this year’s festival to encourage children of the area to participate in the annual “Junior Ranger Day.” According to Duran, several dozen children visited the booth and learned how to make adobe — a mud-based building material that has been utilized in the area for hundreds of years.

Duran said she was very pleased with this year’s participation and the park’s attendance at the festival.

“Synergy Fest is a wonderful event that invites the community. It helps children and adults recognize the possibilities of alternative energy in New Mexico,” Duran said.

Many area business and institutions of higher education were in attendance promoting their fields of study and products. Children to adults enjoyed the high energy of the bands, which utilized solar energy for the sound system. Entertainment at this year’s festival included: Indigiefemme, Steve Leger Brass Quartet, David Ishmael United World College Band, Jeff Gregory, Auditory Hallucination, Luna Community College Mariachi and Los Zapateados dance troup, Tyler Fischer, Jonoah the Juggler, The Intruders, Las Vegas Childrens Dance Theater and Los Tropicales.

Las Vegas City Councilor and Luna Community College instructor, Andrew Feldman, said, “This year’s Synergy Fest has a great turnout. It provides the community a chance to learn about sustainable and renewable energy.”

The event was organized by the local chapter of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association and Amigos de Rio Gallinas School. Events included games, booths on various forms of energy, workshops and entertainment.