There’s something special about the popcorn made inside Kokomo-based Green Alternative’s traveling trailer.
It tastes like popcorn, it smells like popcorn. The secret it is this – it was popped using solar energy.
Company owner Chris Rohaly said the trailer is a small, off-the-grid system that operates completely on solar power. That includes the popcorn machine inside.
You can sample some of the solar popcorn during April’s First Friday, which this month focuses on Earth Day and helping the environment.
From 5:30 to around 9 p.m. Friday, people can head to 42 different sites downtown to learn about the many ways to go green, all while exploring what local downtown businesses and organizations have to offer.
Susan Alexander, a First Friday organizer with the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, said businesses have all put their own spin on the Earth Day theme, offering a wide range of different activities.
“I think it’s a theme you can go off in any direction,” she said. “Every venue can make it their own. It’s only limited by the creativity of the venues, and we have a lot of creativity downtown. There are no limits.”
Beth’s Main Street Folkart Studio, 210 N. Main St., is celebrating the planet by offering demos on how to make art pieces from recycled or repurposed items.
Kids can learn about animals and plants at Planet Mind Learning Store, 108 N. Main St. EarthPros LLC Organic Farm will be on hand with baby goats, and demonstrate the best way to plant a seed.
There will also be plenty of opportunities to learn about local environmental efforts to keep the city green and clean.
Wildcat Guardians will talk about river cleanup efforts at Sandra D’s Salon of Beauty, 102 N. Main St. Officials with Howard County Recycling will present recycling facts and information at the Literacy Coalition, 107 W. Mulberry St.