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Get Ready for the NAPS Earth Day Festival, Sat. Apr. 21

The Northumberland Assn. for Progressive Stewardship (NAPS) will be hosting the 4th. Annual Earth Day Festival in "downtown" Heathsville during the season’s first Farmer’s Market – Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with dozens of environmental exhibits and activities set up by NAPS and other local organizations.

The Earth Day 5K Run will start at 8 a.m., and this year’s run will benefit area schools. Runners, walkers, and dogs (on leashes) are welcome, and there will be a free “Tot Trot” for kids 5 and under at 9:15. Visit to sign up and for more information.

Environmental exhibitors have been a key attraction of the Earth Day Festival. This year the emphasis will be on active demonstrations to attract, entertain, and educate visitors.

NAPS will again have its "Earth Day Pledge Tree" and will be giving away free reusable grocery bags to anyone who promises to do something new to help the environment this year. NAPS will also have a solar energy display with several experts on hand. Also, check out the future of personal transportation at NAPS' “All-Electric Vehicle” exhibit – a new feature at this year's festival.

The Friends of the Rappahannock Wildlife Refuge is constructing an eagle’s nest for kids to learn how it feels to be an eagle. Northumberland Elementary School will feature trash clean-up and recycling.

In all NAPS has invited 20 organizations from federal, state, non-profit, and corporate communities to exhibit. There will be newcomers in the line-up, including the George Washington Birthplace National Monument. The Northern Neck Electric Cooperative will also be a first-time exhibitor representing corporate enterprises, along with the return engagement of Omega Protein. The Northumberland Library will park its new Tech Mobile at the exhibition as part of the festival.

Also on the Tavern grounds the same day, enjoy the Heathsville Wine Fest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Quilt Guild Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

See you all there!

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