NEWS RELEASE: EarthFest 2015

Celebrate Earth Day at Knoxville’s 16th Annual EarthFest

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – EarthFest 2015 will be held on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at World’s Fair Park in downtown Knoxville. There will be over 100 exhibitors and attractions, and as always, it’s a free, zero-waste event for the whole family, including your pets.

Over the past 16 years, EarthFest has become East Tennessee’s premier Earth Day event. And it’s not simply a celebration of the planet. From an interactive educational scavenger hunt and vintage pop-up clothing shop, to kid-friendly activities and a fuel-efficient car showcase, EarthFest has something for everyone.

During a zero-waste event, there are no trash cans. Instead, waste stations located throughout the festival offer recycling and composting opportunities for everything distributed at the event. In order to minimize waste, exhibitors and food vendors agree to control the types of materials they sell or distribute. Frisbees are used as plates, individually-wrapped items are prohibited and water stations are available to refill bottles. In 2014, the day-long event sent less than 3 pounds of waste to the landfill.

In addition to three live bands, this year’s EarthFest will feature entertainment by Max A. Pooch, a unique dog who enjoys cleaning up litter and promoting recycling. He will demonstrate his talents throughout the day with litter clean up performances and routines.

Other onsite events will include an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most simultaneous cloth diaper changes, a Medic blood drive and interactive youth learning area. In the youth area there will be lots of free activities for kids to learn about reuse and going green. Also be sure to complete a scavenger hunt card while at the event. Prizes will be given away every hour.

For more information, including a detailed list of sponsors, bands, onsite events and scavenger hunt prizes, please click on the tabs above.

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