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Grove City’s second EcoFest will demonstrate it’s easy being green, according to organizers.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Henceroth Park, 2075 Mallow Lane, just south of Jackson Middle School.

“EcoFest is an event that celebrates all the green and sustainable opportunities available to our residents,” said Linda Rosine, the city’s environmental coordinator.

“We try to demonstrate all the easy ways there are to go green and be more environmentally efficient in our daily lives,” she said.

“There are a lot of things we celebrate in Grove City. EcoFest celebrates Grove City for all the things we do in our community to be environmentally friendly,” Mayor Ike Stage said.

The city was one of the first affiliates of Keep Ohio Beautiful and started voluntary drop-off recycling in the early 1980s, he said.

EcoFest will feature four designated fun zones with activities for children and adults, Rosine said.

The Kids Zone will feature games throughout the day, including an obstacle course, basketball and football toss, face painting, crafts and the Jackson Township smokehouses. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will have animals on-site from 2 to 3 p.m

Several organizations will have displays and information on environmental education issues in the Sustainability Zone.

The Health and Wellness Zone will feature demonstrations of various forms of fitness and the Goddard School will help children make their own healthful snack.

The Art Zone will be a new feature this year, Rosine said.

“We’ll have a lot of arts and crafts activities for the kids and displays from Little Theater Off Broadway and Sunapple Studios,” she said. “The Grove City Arts Council will also have a tent with displays of six entries in the Arts in the Park sculpture competition. People can take a look at them and vote for their favorite.”

The Art in the Park project aims to place a sculpture in each of the city’s parks.

The first competition is for a sculpture for the Breck Community Park, Grove City’s dog park, Rosine said.

“A sculpture can’t cost more than $25,000,” she said. “We’ll have a raffle for a chance to win one of six adult or children’s bicycles and baskets contributed by EcoFest vendors with the proceeds going to the Arts in the Park program.”

Other EcoFest activities will include the Bike with Mayor Ike Tour at 9 a.m. and the chance for licensed drivers 18 years or older to drive an electric vehicle.

Modern Tiny Living will have a model of one of their small homes for people to tour, Rosine said.

“For people who have seen tiny homes featured on the DIY or HGTV channels, here’s a chance to see one up close,” she said.

For more information, including a schedule of events for EcoFest, visit ecofest.


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