Rain holds off as thousands gather to celebrate Earth Day

2 years 1 month 1 week ago Sunday, April 22 2018 Apr 22, 2018 Sunday, April 22, 2018 4:20:00 PM CDT April 22, 2018 in News
By: Eric Graves, KOMU 8 Reporter, Isabel Lohman, KOMU 8 Digital Reporter
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COLUMBIA - The Columbia Area Earth Day Festival featured local vendors, food trucks and live music Sunday.

The festival featured over 250 booths, said Laura Wacker, an organizer for the event.

In one booth, festival attendees lined up to receive fairy crowns. "It's Our Wild Nature", a local nature group, made the crowns from wild honey suckle, an invasive plant found in Missouri. 

"Everybody talks about invasive species," Sutu Forté, co-chair of the group, said. "Well we thought what could we do with these invasive species? And my talented members have turned them into crowns adorned with ribbons and flowers.”

Forté wasn't the only one excited for the festival. Rebecca Luyett and her son, Skyler, also had flower crowns made for them.

"I think it’s really awesome that rather than destroying something, you make something beautiful so everyone can feel special while you're wearing it," Luyett said. 

The flower crown is not the only attraction at the festival. Wacker said the goal is to have at least 5,000 people at the event. In past years, there have been upwards of 10,000 people at the event.

Wacker said this year's turnout may be a bit smaller because of the cloudy weather. 

For Forté, the weather isn't stopping her from encouraging others to see the nature around them.

“Turn the light bulb on with people’s awareness of nature, wild nature," Forté said. "Not a potted plant, not a piece of lawn but the actual wild nature of Columbia.”

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