Fort Thomas’ Earth Day celebration is Sunday, May 5 in the Mess Hall at Tower Park (12:00 - 5:00) and it’s bigger and better than ever. There are over 45 exhibitors, vendors, food trucks, a beer truck, lots of kids activities, educational, and information displays. Here are a few highlights of what you can expect at the first big city-wide gathering for the year.
There will be lots of kids activities ranging from face painting (sponsored by First Baptist Church), tree climbing, natural dye t-shirt (sponsored by Natural Start Pre-School), rock painting, and more. Children will be able to go home with a little something to plant in the yard and stories to tell. Organizer Sidney Thomas says it will be “a perfect day for the whole family to enjoy. Children will enjoy face painting, paint a pot and plant a seed; while adults can learn to create a certified backyard habitat as well as understand backyard chicken and beekeeping. This is a great way for your family to discover the excitement and education that exists in your own backyard.”
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Organizer Jan Jolley says that this is a “great event for all ages in a terrific and historic venue.” Bring your bike for a tuneup from Reser Bicycles and chat with the Cincinnati Off Road Alliance about trail riding opportunities. Learn about opportunities that county and state agencies offer like outdoor adventures, educational opportunities, and environmental issues facing our area. State and local agencies will be there with information regarding our forests, water, and gardens.
A number of groups will be giving away trees as well. In fact, the event will begin with a city proclamation declaring Fort Thomas an official Tree City. Rumpke will return with recycling information and bins. There will be exits bout composting and beekeeping. The Environmental Science students at Highlands High School will explain the life cycle and the value of the monarch butterfly and will have milkweed plants available for a donation.