Annual Earth Day Festival on tap for Sunday in downtown Columbia

Saturday, April 16, 2011 | 3:51 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Despite recent rain and overcast conditions, the weather forecast for Columbia seems to be nearly ideal for the Earth Day Festival planned for Sunday.

Julie Phillipson from the National Weather Service in St. Louis said there is no chance of rain, and a high of 68 degrees is expected.

"The weather forecast looks pretty good," Mark Haim, street fair coordinator for the Columbia Earth Day Coalition, said. "At the moment, we are certainly going ahead."

The festival begins at noon and will have more than 230 booths. The Columbia City Council approved road closings for the event in February.

The focus of the festival will be "Eco Avenue," on Elm Street, where about 30 booths will be set up. It will be open from noon to 6:30 p.m. Information on energy, recycling, food, gardening and transportation will be available.

"Eco Avenue is at the heart of Earth Day, literally and geographically," Haim said. "More importantly, it's the figurative heart."

Festivities also will take place between Seventh and Eighth streets and between Elm and Locust streets. Other activities include the street fair, music and dancing.

Volunteers from the "Eco Avenue" Schoolhouse also will be putting on workshops throughout the day. A schedule is available on the festival's website.

Peace Park will be "Kid's Park" for the day with a variety of activities. Haim said the park is not a drop-off center for children and encouraged parents to stay with their children while in the park.

Haim also said community members should leave dogs at home as a courtesy to others and because of the crowded environment. He also said that in the past dogs have gotten into fights.

In the event of rain, the festival will be moved to May 1.

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Derrick Fogle April 16, 2011 | 7:27 p.m.

Earth Day! Time to break out the hacky sacks!

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Ellis Smith April 16, 2011 | 10:07 p.m.

Rumor has it that a bunch of cars are going to show up from another UM System campus sporting bumper stickers that say:




Actually, both bumper stickers do exist.

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Michael Williams April 16, 2011 | 10:39 p.m.

Derrick Fogle:

Earth Day! Time to break out the plastic water bottles!

(I still remember the Trib photo of two young women celebrating Earth Day in Peace Park....with plastic lounge chairs and plastic water bottles.

I think they missed the point of it all..........

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