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‘Earth Day Extravaganza’ planned

SoVaNow.com / April 19, 2010
The Town of Halifax, the Halifax County Improvement Council, the Convergence Art Guild and the Southside Virginia Master Gardeners Association will host the first-ever annual “Halifax Earth Day Extravaganza” at the Halifax Farmers Market in historic Halifax on Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

“This event, which offers a wide variety of activities, has been designed to inspire, educate and to adjust the way we live to be more responsible as a community,” said event coordinator Erin Shaughnessy.

Starting the day off at 8 a.m. will be a 5K Walk Run and Children’s Fun Run. Registration to participate in the runs begins at 7:15 a.m. in the parking lot of the former Farmers Foods grocery store. The runs will also start at the parking lot and end there.

Throughout the day there will be displays and demonstrations of the farmer’s market, recycling demonstrations by Halifax Town staff members and the Improvement Council and a display of the proposed Southern Virginia Botanical gardens.

The Master Gardeners will give a composting demonstration as well as another on developing a rain barrel to preserve water for those hot summer days when moisture is sparse. The Gardeners will also conduct a tool sharpening demonstration and visitors can bring their tools for needed sharpening.

Students from Carlbrook School will conduct a solar oven demonstration and another event will feature a solar hot water display. The Halifax County Beekeepers Association will also have a display focusing on the importance of honeybees and owners of Pick-A-Pine Christmas tree farm will explain the importance of sustainable farming.

Tons of hands-on activities for children will inspire the next generation to live responsibly. The day is sure to be fun, educational and inspiring to all who attend, Shaughnessy said. Young folks can learn about planting trees by the Department of Forestry and Smokey the Bear will also be there. There’ll be a demonstration on the making of butter, as well as another on how to make egg shell bird feeders. Bean art, face painting and cow milking will also be featured during the day.

Young people will also have the opportunity to help build and fill the planter boxes which will then be located at the Farmers Market which will kick off its second season in the town soon. The materials for the boxes have been donated by Boston Lumber Company and Morgan Lumber Company with Abbott Farm Supply, Lowe’s and Dana’s Garden Spot providing mulch, soil and plants.

The event will continue with The Convergence Art Guild creating a sculptural masterpiece from recycled materials found within our community. Local musicians and food vendors will entertain crowds while they meander through demonstrations from local, Earth-friendly organizations. Experts will be on hand to inform the public of how and where to recycle common household items and local vendors will provide good foods for refreshment. For additional information regarding this event go to http://www.halifaxearthday.com or call Erin at 434.222.9499.

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