Columbia Celebrates Earth Day

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COLUMBIA - Hundreds of people packed Peace Park to celebrate Columbia's Earth Day Festival. Local musicians and elementary school choirs performed on stage. Fifth grader Corelia Whitaker was excited to see the concert.

"I just came out, and I heard some music bumping. I love Earth Day" Whitaker said.

Kids could also learn more about the environment while playing outside in a designated "Kid's Park" area.

More than 230 booths lined "Eco Avenue". This part of the festival educated guests on environmental issues and gave street vendors a chance to sell products.

Kathleen Huser had a booth at the festival and has been coming to Columbia's Earth Day for the past six years. She hopes to spread the word about using organic fertilizer.

"We have twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, so it's very important to us that they understand the value of taking care of our Earth by raising all our plants chemical free" Huser said.

Event organizers said Columbia's Earth Day encourages guests to help the Earth one step at a time.

April 22 is Earth Day worldwide.

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