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Earth Day Festival

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Date: April 20, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Rice's Hotel- Hughlett's Tavern


The Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship (NAPS) will be hosting the 5th Annual Earth Day Festival in “Downtown” Heathsville during the season’s first Farmers Market – Saturday, April 20, 2019, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with dozens of environmental exhibits and activities set up by NAPS and other organizations. It’s free and open to the public.

By popular demand, NAPS is planning another “All-Electric Car” exhibit – check out the future of transportation! Also, NAPS will be giving away free reusable grocery bags at the “Earth Day Pledge Tree,” and hopes to have more renewable energy exhibits again this year, including the 6th Grade Community Problem Solvers with their proposal to add solar to Northumberland schools.

Reedville Fishermen’s Museum plans to feature their Captain John Smith boat, designed and constructed like the sailing barge that explored the Chesapeake Bay over 400 years ago. RFM also plans to exhibit a diorama demonstrating how litter migrates into Bay waters.

Rappahannock River Wildlife Refuge Friends plan to bring a life-size eagle’s nest (large enough for kids to climb into!), along with other life-like wildlife displays that are always a hit at the Festival.

The Earth Day 5K Run will start at 8 a.m.. Runners, walkers, and dogs (on leashes) are welcome, and there will be a free Tot Trot for kids 5 and under at 9:15. Once again this year, a $1000 cash award will be made to the local High School/Middle School (combined) with the most entrants. A $500 cash award will go to the school with the next highest number of entrants. Public and private schools in Northumberland, Westmoreland, Lancaster, Richmond, and Essex counties are eligible for the prize. Team prizes will also be awarded to the top 2 high school and top 2 middle school student teams, made up of 5 or more runners.Visit to sign up and for more information.

Also on the Tavern grounds the same day, enjoy the Heathsville Wine Fest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (including local craft beers and ciders this year) and the Quilt Guild Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If your organization or company would like to exhibit at the Earth Day Festival, please fill out the application form as soon as possible and send it to Corinne Becker at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern (email and address is on the form).

See you there!

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