Columbia to celebrate Earth Day with street festival

Thursday, April 4, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. CDT; updated 7:17 a.m. CDT, Friday, April 5, 2013

COLUMBIA — Earth Day was created as a national celebration of the environment and a promise to build a sustainable future. For residents of Columbia, it also means a day of festivities in spring weather, complete with music, dancing and activities for kids.

Mark Haim, director of mid-Missouri Peaceworks and an organizer for the festival, said the festival honors and celebrates the earth and encourages Columbia residents to live sustainably.

"Beyond that, it's Columbia's main spring festival," Haim said. "It's a huge, diverse street fair plus entertainment, kids activities and much more."

The Columbia Area Earth Day Festival will be held on April 21 and will feature a live entertainment stage at Peace Park, according to the festival's website. There will be a street fair on adjacent streets. Eco Avenue, which features booths of organizations dedicated to creating a sustainable future, such as MU's Anthropology Student Association, the Columbia Farmer's Market and the Osage branch of the Sierra Club, will take over Elm Street between Seventh and Eighth Streets.

The rain date for the event is April 28. 

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