Earth Festival 2018 features Spring Garden Day, workshops, more

Otsego County Conservation Association’s annual Earth Festival will feature a variety of activities for all ages, event organizers said.

“We’ve always tried to provide valuable, interactive learning experiences as part of Earth Festival,” said Jeff O’Handley, program director for Otsego County Conservation Association, who has been part of the event since its inception in 2006. “In addition to the vendor and exhibitor fair, the workshops put on as part of Spring Garden Day add tremendous value to the event.”

Organized by the Master Gardener Volunteers Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties, Spring Garden Day is a day devoted to gardening and growing environments. Four workshops are offered in two concurrent sessions; in between, attendees will be free to walk around the exhibit area and learn about the many environmental products and services that are offered in the Otsego County region. There is a $10 registration fee for Spring Garden Day, due by April 16. Please visit for specific information on Spring Garden Day.

Earth Festival will also feature a number of other activities. Back for its second year, Earth Festival movie night features the family friendly film, Landfill Harmonic, the inspiring story of a children’s orchestra using homemade instruments made from trash. Sponsored by Otsego 2000 and Glimmerglass Film Days, the movie is Friday, April 20 at 7pm, at Milford Central School, and is free.

On the day of Earth Festival, the traditional pre-Festival bird walk, led by Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, departs from the school parking lot at 9am sharp. Participants will carpool a short distance to a good birding location, to be determined that morning. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Birders will be back at the school in time for the start of Earth Festival at 11am.

Other planned activities include a presentation on solid waste and recycling by OCCA at 12:15 in the auditorium; a demonstration of stream monitoring techniques employed by Milford Central School students as part of OCCA’s Citizen Science Monitoring program; Bicycling Skills 123, a special class sponsored by New York Central Mutual Insurance and requiring pre-registration; yoga for kids and adults; and a mattress deconstruction demonstration. And there is the exhibitor and vendor fair, recycling activities, EcoArt Challenge, and, returning again, the Going Green Fashion Show.

“It’s going to be a full day,” O’Handley said. “Be ready to have fun, and learn a lot.”

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 onSaturday, April 21, 2018, from 11am to 3pm at Milford Central School. Sponsorship and exhibitor/vendor opportunities are still available. Visit for details, or contact OCCA Executive Director Leslie Orzetti at (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

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