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Indiana to Celebrate Earth Day on April 28: EarthDay celebration at White River

Concerned most about the high price of gas, or climate change or our unsustainable consumption or the Earth’s natural resources, or maybe you just the need to shed the winter blues. Find your cause, your passion or a free tree at the Earth Day Indiana Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 28 at White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis.

More than 130 environmental and conservation exhibits, live music, good food and special kids’ activities will be featured. Up to 30,000 people typically attend the festival, making it one of the largest Earth Day events in the nation, according to Stephen Sellers, executive director of the nonprofit Earth Day Indiana organization dedicated to environmental education and awareness.

“The Earth Day Indiana Festival is fun and family-friendly,” he says. “You will meet people from a variety of organizations and you’ll see exhibits that represent a broad variety of the environmental and conservation discussion. You’ll have a great time exploring ways you can develop a more sustainable lifestyle. The quality of the exhibits gets better every year. More businesses are developing new products in response to growing awareness of environmental issues and the need to address a variety of conservation issues.”

Along with visiting exhibits, attendees can check out local restaurants and caterers offering a variety of delicious food, including gourmet pizza, Cajun, Indian, Philippine, barbecued pork and some vegetarian dishes. Exhibits are in large tents and the event is held rain or shine. The Pedal and Park bike corral is available, and the park is a great biking destination.

“Don’t visit just for the festival,” Sellers adds. “Make a day of it and see other sites. Take your kids to the Indianapolis Zoo, just across the bridge over White River. Make it a day that they’ll remember always.”

Location: 801 W. Washington St. For more information, call 317-641-7818 or email [email protected] or visit EarthDayIndiana.org.
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