Green was the color of the day on Saturday at Milford Central School, as an environmental festival and gardening event were presented in tandem.
This year’s annual Earth Festival, presented by Otsego County Conservation Association and WildLearn.com, featured a “recycled fashion” show, the annual “EcoArt/Trendy Trash” art contest, children’s activities, live music and food, all with a theme of protecting the environment.
The gymnasium was packed with people talking to vendors, looking at exhibits, participating in activities and getting their faces painted.
This marked the eighth year of the Earth Festival, and the second year for the “Go Green! Fashion Show.” However, the show was back in a new fashion.
Participants did not walk down “a runway” in the same way that they did in the event’s debut in 2011. Instead, judges met with contestants in the cafeteria to inspect garments and ask questions before the students and adults showcased the wearable art they made or embellished themselves with recycled and waste materials.
The Go Green! Fashion Show was held in the cafeteria at 10 a.m. and awards were given in four age groups: Kindergarten through fourth grade, fifth through eighth, ninth through 12th, and adult. The show was not held last year, but came back because of popular demand, according to organizers.
The day also featured Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension for Schoharie and Otsego counties with Spring Garden Day featuring classes on a wide variety of topics for those both new and experienced to gardening.
Dr. Jonathan Comstock of Cornell University gave a presentation on climate change and its impact on the growing season and gardens.
Comstock talked about how the earth is warming and how it will affect the Northeast, particularly New York. He said there have been rapid changes in the state, including rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns, with effects on the natural world and human health.