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2010 Festival Information and Highlights
The 21st Annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival took place Sunday, April 25th from 11am to 6pm on the MUNY Grounds of Forest Park. The community was well represented in the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day with two stages of live music, cultural performances, local food and hands-on activities for the whole family. Over 300 eco-artists, educational exhibitors, food vendors, businesses and organizations shared how they are living Earth Day Every Day, and how you can too!
stltoday.com: Families Flock to St. Louis Earth Day
News Channel 5 KSDK: Mayor Francis Slay makes a plug for the Earth Day Festival to open his interview with Art Holliday.
Fox 2 news: Area Events Prepare for Rain or Shine
KMOV Channel 4, Great Day St. Louis: Sue Blandford of the Teacher’s Recycling Center demonstrates the “Think Outside the Box” Activity taking place in the Eco Art area of the Festival
Fox 2 news: 9am with TIm Ezell- Earth Day Director features green products showcased at the Festival
FM 88.1 KDHX: Earthworms Enviro-talk Show with Jean Ponzi
Erin Bode joined the long list of local entertainers that participated in the 2010 Festival, including a special performance by the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Musical performances began at 11am and continued all day. Mayor Francis Slay kicked-off the Festival with the All Species Parade.
Highlights of the festival include “Think Outside the Box”, an open art area where children and adults created a one-of-a-kind container to remind them to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, and The Earth Day Challenge, which encouraged everyone to bring a bag for purchases, a water bottle to re-fill and use alternative transportation to get to Forest Park. Visitors who accomplished two of the three challenges received an eco-friendly prize at the Information Booth.
A themed-neighborhood layout made it easy for visitors to navigate the Festival and experience all the celebration had to offer. Visitors explored the following neighborhoods at the Festival: Energy; Pet Care and Wildlife; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; Arts and Crafts; Wellness; the Earth Day Café; Nature; Home; Transportation; and, the Farmer’s Market. Each neighborhood featured seating areas, providing a space for discussion, exchange and brief respite. Additionally, visitors were invited to reflect upon their experiences, and learn about spiritual connections with the Earth at the Peace Garden.
FOOD & DRINK!
There were over 20 food vendors present, offering diverse cuisine ranging from vegetarian jambalaya and mushroom ravioli to organic lamb and chicken gyros. No trans-fat, highly processed or high fructose corn syrup menu items were allowed! Also on site were vendors of locally brewed beer, locally distilled rum and wine crafted locally with local grapes! Pet watering stations were also available in the Pet Care Neighborhood and at several water fountains on the site.
St. Louis Earth Day encouraged Festival attendees to use alternative methods of transportation to make the event more environmentally friendly and to reduce the heavy traffic into Forest Park. The St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation offered free valet bike parking on site.