Our Environment. Our Home. OUR CHALLENGE.

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Attendees of the 14th annual Earth Festival will have the opportunity to participate in several activities in addition to the exhibits and clothing swap, organizers said. A program of the Otsego County Conservation Association, Earth Festival will take place on Saturday, April 13, from 11am to 3pm at Milford Central School.

“We’re pleased to offer a variety of activities,” said Leslie Orzetti, OCCA’s executive director. “We have a bird walk, classes on bike safety and window restoration, an art contest—there’s a lot going on.”

Members of Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will start the day with a pre-festival bird walk, leaving the school parking lot at 8am and returning by 10. The main event opens at 11 with the vendor and exhibitor fair.

From 11am to 1pm, Otsego 2000 is sponsoring ‘Historic Window Restoration & Weatherization.’ In this hands-on workshop, James Richardson, founder and owner of Richardson Window Works in Cooperstown, will demonstrate techniques for repairing historic windows, including sash repair, reglazing, restoration and weatherizing. Repairing windows allows homeowners to maintain their home’s historic character while improving efficiency and reducing waste. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Visit http://www.otsego2000.org/2019/02/22/register-historic-preservation-workshops/ to register.

At 11am, certified yoga instructor, Karla Andela will lead ‘Yoga, Big & Small’ in the small gym. Easy and fun yoga practices, appropriate for all ages, will be practiced. Open to all ages, though children under 6 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Heat Smart Otsego Campaign Director, Bennett Sandler will present ‘Case Studies of Renewables and Efficiency Upgrades in Otsego County’ in the auditorium at noon. The presentation will look at the impact efficiency upgrades and renewable energy technology have had on area homes and businesses.

Bicyclists of all ages are invited to join David Wells, a certified course instructor with the League of American Bicyclists for an active game to learn about NYS laws and safe practices for riding bikes in our communities. The game will be held in the small gym at 1pm.  No helmet or bicycle is needed to play this game.  A limited number of Woodland Cycles certificates for rechargeable bicycle light sets ($30 value) will be given out to participants arriving at the door, first-come-first-serve.

Sponsored by Otsego County Conservation Association, Earth Festival is an environmentally focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, workshops, vendors, food and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist. Earth Festival will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 11am to 3pm at Milford Central School.

Earth Festival is made possible through donations by the following: Five Star Subaru, CNY Tent Rental, Otsego 2000, Cooperstown Natural Foods, Farm Credit East, Casella Waste Systems, Rich McCaffery, Delaware Otsego Audubon Society, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Otsego/Schoharie Counties, Otsego Lake Association, Susquehanna Chapter Adirondack Club, Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the Country Pride Cheese House.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning, and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.