Redding celebrates Earth Day with festival

April 10, 2018 by  

The 12th Annual Whole Earth and Watershed Festival will be here in a couple of weeks. The aim of the event will be to educate the public about healthy living, creating healthy communities and rebuilding a healthy planet.

Over 160 nonprofits, businesses, educational organizations and government agencies, innovators and artists will be presenting ideas, products and services that highlight the festival’s theme. An Eco Village will feature among many other items, green products, gadgets, cutting-edge technology, original artwork, and organic clothing.

Festival guests are encouraged to ride their bikes to the venue. Shasta Wheelmen will have free bike valet parking. Stationary bikes will be provided for the Rock the Bike Challenge. A total of 13 teams will be competing for prizes for most enthusiastic, most wattage produced and best dressed. Spectators supporting these teams may be getting some banner printing done soon.

Exhibitors at the farmers’ market will be selling homegrown products, plants, and vegetables. Many vendors will be handing out free samples and discussing gardening with customers.

Keynote Theater will be a series of talks on challenging environmental concerns. Some topics will be urban watershed, curbside recycling, Redding’s sustainable downtown, firefighting, and the Mayor’s Mountain Bike Challenge. The festival’s keynote speaker will be one of the co-founders of Nexloop – C. Mike Lindsey.

The Whole Earth & Watershed Festival will be 11:00 am until 5:00 pm on April 21 in Sculpture Park and at Redding City Hall, 777 Cypress Avenue.