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Residents can get ‘green’ for the 2017 Earth Day Aiken celebration

April 17, 2017

As spring sets in with warm temperatures, the City of Aiken’s Energy and Environmental Committee gears up for the annual 2017 Earth Day Aiken celebration.

The event will take place on Saturday at Newberry Street Festival Center, in downtown Aiken, following Friday nights Lights Out.

On Friday evening, several Aiken restaurants will dim their dining room lights from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. and feature candlelight dining as a symbol of support for global conservation and energy savings, said Ron Dellamora, chairman of the Energy and Environmental Committee for the City of Aiken.

Participating restaurants will each have their unique approach to dining by candlelight and, at their option, may promote healthy eating as well as locally grown ingredients.

The lineup of events Saturday will kick off with the People Chase 5K Fun Run on Newberry Street, with registration for the run beginning at 8 a.m. with the starting gun firing for the race at 8:30 a.m.

Those participating in the People Chase are then encouraged to come and enjoy the Earth Day event. The theme for this year is, “Preserving for tomorrow what we all enjoy today.”

The event will offer a kids zone, entertainment, several food stations and 38 environmentally friendly exhibits, Dellamora said.

“We are excited about this year’s Earth Day celebrations and we feel it will appeal to people of all ages,” Dellamora said. “The exhibits are the key components of the day. Each one is designed to create and state some sort of environmental stewardship message.”

Mayor Rick Osbon will announce the top three winners of the 2017 Earth Day Art Contest on the main stage at 10:30 a.m. The contest features art from students about Earth Day topics.

Ed Girardeau will be the MC for the event and playing music throughout the day. The event will run until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Presenting sponsors for this year’s Earth Day Aiken are Dumpster Depot and Aiken Standard.

For more information visit earthdayaiken.org.