OCCA Earth Festival returns on April 21

(COOPERSTOWN)–Otsego County Conservation Association will be hosting its annual Earth Festival event at Milford Central School on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Earth Festival brings together a wide variety of environmentally-themed exhibits, vendors and activities for a fun and educational day. Returning activities include the pre-festival bird walk, the Eco-Art/Trendy Trash contest, yoga for kids and adults, and Master Gardeners’ Spring Garden Day. Confirmed exhibitors and vendors include OCCA, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, Otsego 2000/Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, and Ideuma Creek Alpacas, with more being added each day. In addition, Earth Festival will continue the tradition of offering Otsego residents the chance to drop off difficult-to-dispose of items for recycling, including Styrofoam, tennis balls, Christmas lights, and more.

Also returning this year is Earth Festival Movie Night, sponsored by Otsego 2000. This year’s film is Landfill Harmonic, an inspiring story of “The Recycled Orchestra,” a group of children from a Paraguayan slum who play instruments made entirely of garbage. This beautiful story about the transformative power of music also highlights two vital issues of our time: poverty and waste pollution. The film follows the orchestra as it takes its inspiring spectacle of trash-into-music around the globe. Landfill Harmonic will be screened on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in the Herbert B. Garman, Jr. Performing Arts Center at Milford Central School.

New this year is a community clothes swap, an opportunity to find a new home for lightly-worn clothing. Clothing and shoes for all ages and genders are welcome, though no clothing with holes, stains, or strong odors will be accepted. Clothing can be dropped off Friday evening and Saturday before and during the event, which is free and open to all.

Vendor/exhibitor spaces are still available for Earth Festival. For more information, or to make a donation, visit OCCA’s website, https://occainfo.org/earth-festival/ or call (607) 547-4488.

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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