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April 11, 2013

Earth Festival is a good start to spring

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Cooperstown Crier

---- — We hope Mother Nature brings us some sunshine and spring weather this weekend. But if not, there is a predominantly inside event coming up that should help get visitors thinking about spring.

The eighth annual Earth Festival will be held Saturday at Milford Central School. With the collaboration with Spring Garden Day and the Go Green! Fashion Show, this year’s event is expected to be bigger and better than ever!

Earth Festival is an environmentally focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, activities, vendors and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist.

Kicking off the day will be the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society’s popular pre-festival bird walk. The traditional Earth Festival information and vendor fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gymnasium.

Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties will return with Spring Garden Day in conjunction with Earth Festival, featuring classes on a variety of gardening topics suitable for those new and experienced to gardening. Dr. Jonathan Comstock of Cornell University will speak at 11:15 a.m. His presentation, on climate change and its impact on the growing season and gardens, is free and open to the public.

Back again by popular demand is the Milford Central School Education Foundation’s “recycled fashion” show. Students and adults will showcase wearable art they made or embellished themselves with recycled and waste materials. It is still not too late to participate. Those interested can sign up right up until the day of the event. Participants are asked to be at the school at 10 a.m. for judging.

This time around it will not be a runway style event, but instead participants will pose like statues throughout the day, according to organizers. For more information about the Go Green! Fashion Show, call 286-3349 or email lhenry@milfordcentral.org.

The EcoArt/Trendy Trash Contest and expanded children’s activities led by Milford Central School students will be featured. Earth Festival also provides an opportunity to get rid of some of that clutter at home and perhaps may encourage some spring cleaning. Event organizers invite attendees to drop off Styrofoam (white only), bubble wrap, empty inkjet cartridges, cellphones, eyeglasses, videotapes, CDs and used nylon monofilament fishing line at no charge. In addition previously non recyclables 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. 

Empire Recycling will be back with the free Confidata Shredder service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Shoes and sneakers will also be collected for a minimal charge, through a program sponsored by Nike.