NAPS Earth Day Festival Sparks Excitement about the Environment

There was electricity in the air at the 4th annual Earth Day Festival in Heathsville on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Shoppers, runners, sightseers, activists, children and dogs all mingled harmoniously on the brisk but sunny morning. Hosted by NAPS (Northumberland Assn. for Progressive Stewardship), and in conjunction with the first Farmer’s Market of the season, the eco-friendly event brought everyone together for a common mission – to celebrate the natural beauty of the Northern Neck and share ideas for preserving and protecting it. More than a dozen environmental organizations lined up along the sides of the grassy lawn with their hands-on activities and exhibits.

Parked at the end was Northumberland Public Library’s TechMobile, first introduced to locals about six months ago. A state-of-the-art computer lab on wheels, “Big Blue” travels around the county to provide patrons with internet connection, a copy and fax machine, as well as books and movies. At the center of it the festival was arguably the most popular attraction: Two fully-electric Tesla cars on display, with the owners on hand to answer questions (read separate article: 'It’s Electric' – Earth Day EV Exhibit Draws a Crowd).

The Earth Day Festival kicked off with a 5K run to benefit area schools. Organizers were extremely pleased with the turnout, counting approximately 100 participants – an increase over last year. A “Tot Trot” for kids aged five and under proved to be popular with families.