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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Largest Earth Day Celebration in NKY is in Fort Thomas on May 5

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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You will be able to climb a tree with safety ropes with Earth Joy. The Natural Start Pre-School will sponsor a children’s t-shirt painting activity. And Mint Yoga will hold a free class.

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 exhibits about 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.

Junk to Enjoy

Vendors have been carefully curated to focus on interesting and environmentally themed items. Locally owned bookstores, The Blue Marble and Roebling Books, will have themed books for sale. Junk to Enjoy turns junkyard finds into objects of art. Hayward CBG will demonstrate and sell the most interesting cigar box guitars made from reclaimed materials.  Willow Wonderbe, a high school senior from Pendleton County, makes birdhouses and garden objects. And Shari the Bag Lady will demonstrate what to do with those unwanted single use plastic bags as she weaves them into lots of useful items. Feel free to donate your own stash of grocery plastic bags to her.

FTFC organizer Emily Katt Zoller, summed it up.  The Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy “is excited to welcome great vendors, education booths,  food/beverage vendors and many, many kid’s activities to keep attendees of all ages engaged. We’ll be hosting a plant sale, climbing trees with Earth Joy, reading books with The Blue Marble and so much more. Additionally, we’ll see some new faces with the addition of Willow Wonderbe Woodworking, Cigar Box Guitars and Silver Sayings. If you get hungry or thirsty during the event, we’ve got food trucks like Texas Joe and California TriTrip and will be joined by Braxton Brewery and La Orangette. “ Grassroots and Vine, an event sponsor, will sell boxed lunches and wine.

Texas Joe Food Truck

The new Passport to Fort Thomas program will also be introduced. It’s an exciting and challenging program that will get participants to experience a variety of events and activities. It will culminate with a drawing for a grand prize at the Christmas Walk. It’s free.

Earth Day is organized by the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy so be sure to chat with representatives about upcoming activities and opportunities to keep our city green and healthy like their backyard habitat program, the Model Native Garden, and experience events at the Hubbard Studio and Nature Preserve. Become a member either that day or visit them at

A number of event sponsors will have a presence at the event: Grassroots and Vine, Neltner Reality, The First Baptist Church of Fort Thomas, Natural Start Pre-School, the city of Fort Thomas, and the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy.

And there is so much more. What better way to celebrate Spring than by gathering with friends and neighbors in the park for an afternoon of fun and entertainment.

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