Milford’s Earth Festival on Saturday will be the biggest one yet, according to Darla Youngs, executive director of the Otsego County Conservation Association.
“Every year it continues to get bigger,” Youngs said. “We have more vendors than ever and we have more exhibitions than ever.”
Youngs said the festival, now in its eighth year, has become a regional event.
“The first year, it started out as a really small event,” she said. “We had maybe 100 or 200 people. Now we expect as many as 1,800 or 2,000 people.”
This year’s festival, which will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Milford Central School’s cafeteria, is a collaboration with Spring Garden Day and the Go Green! Fashion Show.
A pre-event bird walk will take place at 8 a.m. sponsored by the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society.
Dr. Jonathan Comstock from Cornell University will speak at 11:15 a.m. on the effect of climate change on crop growing. His speech is sponsored by CCE Master Gardeners.
Spring Garden Day workshops will be held from 8:30 a.m to 3 p.m. Workshops include Pruning Trees and Shrubs, Planning and Planting the Best Herb Garden, 18th and 19th Century Flowers Come Alive in Gardens Today and The Best Perennials for Sun and Shade.
More than 30 vendors will show exhibits and selling goods.
There will be a recycling collection. Clean white Styrofoam, bubble wrap, empty ink jet cartridges, old cellphones, unwanted CDs and DVDs, and used nylon monofilament fishing line will be take at no charge. In addition, previously nonrecyclables such as toothpaste tubes, cereal bags or lining, all brand pens, mechanical pencils and markers, including caps, all empty chips bags, Elmer’s glue bottles and diaper packaging will be taken.
There will be an EcoArt/Trendy Trash contest. The trash-to-treasure challenge is to create something artistic or practical out of items that have outlived their original usefulness. The contest costs $5 for adults and is free to students. Judges will give out awards in categories such as “Best in Show,” “Judges’ Choice” and “People’s Choice.”