With Spring just around the corner, officials are already preparing for the Panhandle Earth Day celebration.
The annual festival offers live bands and nearly 100 vendors. Also new this year, festival-goers will see alcohol served for the first time in its 10-year history. The event started when a small group of people wanted to have a festival that focused on Earth Day and have it free to the public. Officials say this approval to have alcohol has been a long time coming.
“With more sponsorships over the past few years and more involvement, we’ve been able to get that going this year,” said Tara Jenkins, director of Panhandle Earth Day.
Officials say they expect money generated from this to go towards next year’s Earth Day. The one day festival will be held on April 21 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Sam Michael’s Park in Shenandoah Junction.