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Keep North Little Rock Beautiful involved in upcoming Arkansas Earth Day festival

Keep North Little Rock Beautiful will be one of the participants in the upcoming Arkansas Earth Day celebration slated for April 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Heifer International.

According to Christy Askea, Arkansas Earth Day Foundation president, the organization will celebrate 10 years of promoting green living with the festival. The community is invited to attend free of charge.

“As of now we haven’t had too many booths sign up from Sherwood or Jacksonville,” she said. “We would love to expand to those cities if they want to.”

Last year, the Arkansas Earth Day Foundation had Argenta Market donate salads for the volunteers.

“This year we have included many new and exciting children’s activities. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Education Aquarium will educate children about the types of fish living in our waters with a 1,500-gallon aquarium exhibit. Another exciting activity will be the Jump Zone Area that will only cost $5 for the day,” according to Askea.

Returning to the festival is the Great Diaper Change, hosted by Natural Bambino. Participating parents will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for changing cloth diapers. Other booths will feature educational materials that show how to live a greener life. Another returning crowd pleaser is the Tie Dye Booth. Participants can bring their own shirt and dye it for $3 or buy an old Earth Day Festival T-shirt for $5.

“No festival would be complete without food vendors, and there will be a great selection this year. Among others, expect to see The Green Cart Deli, the Café@Heifer, and Green Cuisine, along with Loblolly Creamery, which makes organic and gluten-free ice cream,” Askea said.

For music lovers, talented musicians will play throughout the day.

“Our festival headliner, Interstate Buffalo, will return to jam with an electrified guitar experience of rhythm and blues. You won’t want to miss them,” she added.

The Arkansas Earth Day Foundation aims to create Arkansas Earth Day Festivals for the community to broaden the conservation movement statewide. The foundation encourages, educates and motivates people, businesses and government to take responsibility for a greener, cleaner and healthier way of life through a fun and relaxing festival.

Heifer International’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant.

Individuals who wish to volunteer or have a booth that encourages living a greener life can contact info@arkansasearthday.org to get involved. The deadline for booth registration is April 5. The Arkansas Earth Day Festival also accepts in-kind and cash donations. Visit www.arkansasearthday.org or email the foundation at info@arkansasearthday.org for more information.

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