|Celebrate Earth Day on April 21 with 3rd Annual Kansas City EarthFest and 11th Annual Kansas City EarthWalk at Shawnee Mission Park|
Area residents can plan a day of family fun and make a difference for the environment on the 37th anniversary of Earth Day when Kansas City EarthWalk and Kansas City EarthFest returns to Shawnee Mission Park's The Theatre in the Park on April 21. The third-annual regional EarthFest will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be preceded by the eleventh-annual Kansas City EarthWalk beginning at 9 a.m. The Theatre in the Park is located at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee.
EarthWalk is a fundraising event for Bridging the Gap, which is presenting EarthFest in conjunction with the Johnson County Park and Recreation District and Friends for Parks and Recreation. Walkers can choose between 1.5- or 2.7-mile options within Shawnee Mission Park. The event includes a first-come, first-served lunch provided by Wild Oats Community Markets. Participants can either pay an entry fee of $18 per person for adults, $12 per person for children ages three to 11, or $46 for a family of two adults and two children, or raise pledges for the chance to win prizes from area merchants including Southwest Airlines tickets, restaurant and retail gift certificates and merchandise. For walk registration information, go to www.earthdaykc.org or call (816) 561-1087. Mailed entries must be postmarked by April 13. After this date, late fees add $5 to the per-person cost for youth and adults and $15 to the cost for families. Those wishing to sign up on the day of the event may do so at The Theatre in the Park beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Following the EarthWalk, EarthFest will feature more than 70 planet-friendly exhibitors and vendors from a wide variety of local groups and organizations, including the JCPRD's Ernie Miller Nature Center, which will feature birds of prey and other live animals. There will also be live family entertainment and environmentally-friendly activities and crafts for all ages. This year's musical artists will include children's singer Jim Cosgrove & The Hiccups, along with Five Defy. EarthFest is again expected to feature such environmental topics as recycling, climate change, energy efficiency, air quality, alternative transportation, and more. EarthFest admission is free.
For more information, contact:
Leslie Barland, EarthWalk Coordinator (816) 561-1061 ext. 128
Randy Knight, Johnson County Park and Recreation District (913) 894-3323