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Celebrate Earth Day / April 19, 2018
With beautiful weather in the forecast for Saturday, planners are finalizing details for a great day of activities in the Town of Halifax.

After rain early in the month cancelled the Halicraft Art Festival and Annual Spring Bazaar, event planners, town leadership and the Halifax Village Association put their heads together and opted to combine the events with the 10th annual Earth Day Extravaganza.

“It is very exciting to see all that we have planned in the Town of Halifax this Saturday,” said Earth Day Extravaganza planner Olivia Epps. “It was originally an unfortunate turn of events for the Halifax Village Association when they were forced to cancel Halicraft and the Spring Bazaar. Now we invite visitors to enjoy an amazing day with great activities, great shopping, music, food and fun.”

There is still time to sign up for the 5K Fun Run & Walk being hosted by the Halifax Family Nutrition Program, under the direction of Virginia Cooperative Extension. The 5K, which is free, will begin at 9 a.m., allowing runners and walkers to get a first-hand look at Earth Day Extravaganza activities when they cross the finish line at Halifax Farmer’s Market.

Organizations from throughout Halifax County will be on hand to educate the community on caring for our planet. There will be hands-on activities to help visitors learn and interact, as well as a healthy dose of fun with music and a petting zoo.

Halicraft and Spring Bazaar crafters and vendors will be set-up throughout the Town.

Earth Day Extravaganza visitors seeking to sign up for the 5K can do so by stopping by the Virginia Cooperative Extension office in Halifax, by contacting Maria Traynham at 434-476-2174 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by visiting The website shares all the Earth Day Extravaganza events as well as downloadable the 5K registration information or the link to register online.

Another activity, designed to get the youngest visitors engaged, is the Recycling Scavenger Hunt. Children 12 and younger can visit the Earth Day website ( or the Facebook page (@HalifaxEarthDay) and download the list of items to find and bring to the event for recycling. Participants will receive a prize bag for their recycling efforts. Participation is first-come, first-served, so children should come early and bring their recycling items.

Thanks to the Halifax Village Association, the Town of Halifax will have Earth Day decorations in storefronts and there will be live musicians outside Town Hall. Music performances will include Kyle Martin & the Halifax Hillbillies from 10 a.m. to Noon, Dennis Rice and Lucille Dickey from Noon to 1 p.m. and Kermit Wright and the Good Times Band from 1 to 2 p.m.

Between the Halifax Farmer’s Market and Town Hall visitors can enjoy the petting zoo from Rocking B Farm and more Earth Day fun.

The Packhouse will be open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. with their full delicious menu. Hudson Heritage Farms will be set up as a food vendor at the Farmers Market, along with fish plates for sale through the Farmer’s Market. Additional food vendors are being set up.

Monetary sponsors for this year’s Earth Day Extravaganza includes Dominion-Clover Power Station, Molasses Grill, Huber Engineered Woods, Halifax County Veterinary Clinic, Sentara, Bridgeview Express Tire & Auto, Staunton River State Park, Virginia Farm Bureau and The Trent Law Practice.

Participating organizations include Southside Master Gardeners Association, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Halifax Soil & Water Conservation District, Dan River Basin Association, Staunton River State Park, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Staunton River Battlefield State Park, Halifax County-South Boston Public Library, Southern Virginia Botanical Garden, Halifax Improvement Council, Halifax Beekeepers Association, Halifax County SPCA, Halifax Volunteer Fire Department, Berry Hill Health & Rehab and Rocking B Farm.

For the most up-to-date information about the Earth Day Extravaganza, visit and click on Earth Day or find the event on Facebook @HalifaxEarthDay.

On Friday, at 2 p.m. the Banister River Boat Landing will be officially opened. Located on the southern side of the Banister River Bridge the new boat landing will provide a great entry way for boaters and fishermen to get into the river to enjoy the recreational opportunities offered by the ten miles of tranquil flowing river upstream.

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