“It’s going to be a community festival with a focus on environmental education,” said volunteer co-chair Kathleen Johnson.
“It’s also going to be a very family-friendly festival with lots of kid’s activities, food for sale, vendors, music and entertainment.”
Games, crafts and activities with a focus on preservation and protecting the earth are designed to make learning about the environment fun for younger audiences. Volunteer co-chair Teresa Stickels said the festival will be a great opportunity for children to “get some green time instead of some screen time.” The festival will be an opportunity to introduce residents and visitors to Friendship Community Park, which opened last December.
“We imagine a lot of the people who are going to be visiting there, it may be their first visit to the park,” Stickels said.
The former Earth Day festivals were held at Birmingham Park on Hickory Flat Road.
Milton’s environmental sustainability coordinator, Cindy Eade, expects about 1,500 visitors or more at this year’s event. Last year, about 1,200 came to the city’s Earth Day Festival. She said the event has grown each year since its start.
“[The Earth Day Festival] was started basically to give the Milton community an opportunity to learn about what they could do to help protect the environment [and] ways that they can be more sustainable in their daily living,” Eade said.
“It’s really intended to be an educational event but we’ve also added some fun things for family members to do.”
About 30 vendors have signed up to have booths at the festival, and organizers still have room for more.
Besides the Earth Day Festival, Milton promotes sustainability and environmental awareness year-round, Eade said, including education on recycling, promoting the Clean Air campaign and having rain barrels at the city’s three fire stations.
The city recently earned a bronze award from the Atlanta Regional Commission for being a green community. Eade is also working on getting Milton certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a community with wildlife-friendly habitats.
If you go:
Where: Friendship Community Park, 12785 Birmingham Hwy., Milton
When: April 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.