From Staff Reports
Saturday, April 20, the New River Gorge Learning Co-op and the Fayette County Green Advisory Team host the 8th Annual New River Earth Day Celebration in downtown Fayetteville from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The New River Earth Day Celebration is free for attendees. This year’s celebration features local artists, a kid’s zone, live entertainment, conservation and vendor booths, swap shops, raffles, contests, recycling center, a pantry raid, and more.
“We teach our children to share well with others, but our actions are speaking louder than our words. Americans make up 5% of world’s population but we use 30% of the total resources,” said Ginger Danz of the New River Gorge Learning Co-op (NRGLC) and the Green Team.
“We have to change the way we operate in order to sustain ourselves and be responsible global citizens. Plus, saving energy saves money, and we can all use more of that.”
The celebration offers a variety of activities for all ages.
Visit interactive booths to gather information on saving money and energy, living sustainably and preserving our natural resources.
Visit vendors and shop for things like blueberry plants and locally made soaps and jewelry.
Children will revel in this earth friendly extravaganza with arts and crafts, face painting, live kids concert, races, climbing wall, games, and more, sponsored by Oak Hill Garbage.
Families looking to engage children in the celebration can pick up an Earth Day passport at the Green Team booth. Children collect stamps at booths after completing an activity or receiving information. When they collect 10 stamps, they return their completed passports to the Green Team booth and are automatically entered in a raffle for great prizes.
Live musical entertainment is sponsored by Cornerstone Construction. Musical acts include Andrew Adkins, Anne Cline, Katrina Brown and Fire Creek.
Bring your gently-used clothing, outdoor gear and books to the Earth Day Swap Shop. Enjoy a little spring cleaning and find some ‘new to you’ treasures, too.
Swap items can be dropped at New River Bikes on Court Street in Fayetteville prior to the event or to the Swap Shop area on the lawn on the day of the event.
Enter raffles and win cool stuff including canopy tour passes from Adventures on the Gorge and gift certificates from Diogi’s and Pies n’ Pints.
Check out the Earth Day window contest in downtown Fayetteville. Local businesses compete to win the “best decorated window” honors.
Families can recycle non-car batteries and cell phones along with plastics, cardboard, office paper, newspapers, magazines, aluminum, stainless steel, steel 1 & 2, brass, and sheet metal in the special recycling drop off area.
Many food banks experience their lowest level of donations during the spring months. Raid your pantry to help end child hunger and help them restock their shelves.
Get an empty bag or box, open your kitchen cupboards, and pick out unopened cans, boxes, or bags of nutritious food. Ask your friends and family to do the same. Then drop your donations at the New River Gorge Learning Co-op booth.
Founded in 2009, the NRGLC is a Montessori-based educational program for preschool and elementary-age students that strives to instill in children a love of learning. The Montessori philosophy of education emphasizes independent work and respect for fellow students and the world they live in. Students at NRGLC acquire critical thinking skills and competence in core subjects, with ample opportunity for experiential outdoor and environmental education.
The Fayette County Green Advisory Team works to promote social, economic and environmental health in the communities of Fayette County.
Partners for this event include Cornerstone Construction, Oak Hill Garbage, Pies n’ Pints, Gumbo’s, Foresight Group, Rist, Higgins, & Associates, Cathedral Cafe, Benjamin Frank-lin Crafts, Crosiers, Vinyl Destination Sign & Design Co., Eckley Orthodontics, Paige Dalporto and Opossum Creek Retreat.
For more information, visit Facebook and search New River Earth Day 2013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the event of inclement weather, the festival will be held at the Memorial Building on Maple Ave. in Fayetteville.