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In Halifax, an ideal day to celebrate the Earth

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Eight-year-old Amy Atwood used mixed colors to paint what she called her rainbow rock during the 10th annual Earth Day celebration in the Town of Halifax on Saturday. The event drew a nice crowd on a pleasant spring day. See article and more photos, page A2. / April 23, 2018
Splendid weather reigned Saturday at the annual Earth Day festival in the Town of Halifax as hundreds of guests enjoyed a 5K run-walk, food and crafts vendors and a variety of fun activities for the kids.

“We were very pleased with the attendance during the 10th annual Earth Day Extravaganza. We had amazing weather and all the participating organizations offered fun and engaging activities,” said events coordinator Olivia Epps. “We are very grateful for all our visitors and we appreciate the support of all our financial sponsors and participating organizations.”

The morning began with runners and walkers getting in their exercise with the 5K through town. The 9 a.m. event attracted nine runners and 55 walkers, who had ideal weather for those pushing hard or just enjoying a relaxing walk.

Youngsters who gathered at the Halifax Farmers Market could enjoy a petting zoo in front of the town library. A short distance up the street, rock painting was offered in front of Halifax Town Hall.

The ladies of St. John’s Episcopal Church also offered painting of various symbols and the Forestry Service gave out lots of pine seedlings. Musical groups entertained throughout the day at the Farmers Market.

The Earth Day festival was paired up with the Halicrafts festival, previously delayed by unseasonable spring weather. Sidewalks in town were lined with vendors tents featuring artists and artisans and food vendors who kept the crowd well-fed throughout the day.

Epps said that participants had so much fun that she is already thinking about getting started on next year’s event.

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