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Columbia Earth Day Festival postponed because of stormy forecast

Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 3:34 p.m. CDT; updated 3:57 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 26, 2014

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Area Earth Day Festival has been postponed because of the threat of thunderstorms.

The festival, originally scheduled for Sunday in Peace Park, will be held a week later on May 4, according to a Columbia Earth Day Coalition news release.

Sunday's forecast calls for a high of 77 degrees, but there's an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.

Now in its 25th year, the festival offers more than 220 booths and seven hours of music, food, and information on the environment and sustainability, according to the Earth Day Coalition's website.

Festival organizers think most of the booths registered for Sunday would still be able to participate the following week, according to the release. With the delay, the festival will reopen booth registration for groups that didn't have a chance to sign up by the previous deadline.

The organizers are also seeking more volunteers because some who had planned to help won't be able to on May 4. More information about volunteering is available on the Earth Day Coalition's website.

If the weather is severe on the rescheduled date, the festival will be canceled, Earth Day Coalition spokesman Mark Haim said.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.


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