Our Environment. Our Home. OUR CHALLENGE.

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The fourteenth annual Earth Festival is this Saturday, from 11am-3pm. Organized by Otsego County Conservation Association, Earth Festival includes exhibits and displays by local environmental organizations; crafts, food, services and products from area businesses; an art contest; clothing swap; and workshops and activities throughout the day.

“We’re proud to bring so many interesting organizations, businesses and individuals under one roof for the day,” said Leslie Orzetti, OCCA’s executive director. “This is a great opportunity for the community to learn about the many environmental programs, products and services available in Otsego County.”

Nearly forty exhibitors and vendors are expected to attend, Orzetti said. Among them are Ariginal Art, Country Pride Cheese House, Carpe Diem Baits, Otsego ReUse Center, Leatherstocking Beekeepers, Gilson’s Native American Crafts, and Intelligent Green Solutions. Food vendors include Tickled Pink BBQ and Origins Café.

The Earth Festival Schedule is below:

Friday, April 12, 7pm: Earth Festival Movie Night: Paris to Pittsburgh, sponsored by Otsego 2000 and Glimmerglass Film Days. 22 Main Street, Cooperstown. Free

Saturday, April 13, 8am: Earth Festival bird walk with Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society. Meet at Milford Central School parking lot

10:30am: Contestants drop off entries for EcoArt Competition

11am-3pm: Earth Festival Exhibit and Vendor Fair, Milford Central School gym

11am-1pm, Workshop: Historic Window Restoration and Weatherization, classroom (pre-registration necessary, see www.otsego2000.org).

11am-2pm: Free paper shredding service, provided by Empire Recycling. Outside.

11am-3pm: Special Earth Festival Recycling opportunities, sponsored by Casella Resource Solutions, Otsego ReUse Center, OCCA. Outside and inside.

11am-3pm: Clothing Swap, cafeteria.

11am-11:45: Yoga Big & Small, small gym

12-1:30: Presentation: Case Studies of Renewables and Efficiency Upgrades in Otsego County by Bennett Sandler, Campaign Director of Heat Smart Otsego. Auditorium.

Noon: Border Collie Duck Herding Demonstration by Fly Safe Wild Goose Management, outside.

1:00: Bike Safety Activity, small gym.

2pm: Announcement of winners of OCCA’s ‘Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge,’ auditorium.

2:30pm: Announcement of winners of EcoArt contest.

3pm: Earth Festival closes.

Established in 2006, Earth Festival is an environmentally-focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, workshops, vendors, food and entertainment. This year’s event is sponsored by Five Star Subaru, CNY Tent Rentals, Otsego 2000/Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, Cooperstown Natural Foods, Farm Credit East, ACA; Casella Resource Solutions; Otsego County Chamber of Commerce; Carol Malz & Mike Empey; Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society; Rich McCaffery; Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie Otsego Counties; Otsego Lake Association; Susquehanna Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club; Dave Brandt Chapter Trout Unlimited; 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.

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