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City Council approves road closings for Columbia Earth Day Festival

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 | 2:26 p.m. CST; updated 10:36 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Street closings for Earth Day 2011 festivities on April 17.

COLUMBIA — The City Council on Monday approved plans to close three downtown streets on April 17 for the Columbia Earth Day Festival.

What happened: Unanimous decision. No questions or comments from the council.

The request: Festival will require the closure of Elm Street from Sixth through Ninth streets and Seventh and Eighth streets from Elm to Locust streets on April 17 or May 1, the rain date.

The event: The major focus will be on "Eco Avenue" — Elm between Seventh and Eighth — which will have 30, sustainability-themed booths.

"The focus of Eco Avenue is providing information as to how people can decrease their carbon footprint and learn to live sustainably," said Mark Haim, street fair coordinator of Columbia Earth Day Coalition. 

The festival will have 250 booths as well as two stages for musical performances by MU jazz ensembles and other performers. Last year's estimate was that 10,000 or so people attended the event.


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