Thousands Celebrate During 2013 Southwest Arbor Fest
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- All across the country people are celebrating earth day, and here in Grand Junction folks took to Lincoln Park to celebrate the day at this year's Southwest Arbor Fest.
“It’s the first event of spring,” said Emily Wright, recreation supervisor. “It’s great to kind of get everyone out.”
More than 80 vendors from across the western slope collected at the park. But this festival is more than just about the beer and t-shirts
For Kami Long of the Forestry Board, it's about educating the public.
“It’s our way of celebrating trees by giving trees out to our community,” said Long.
The city of Grand Junction is a “Tree City USA,” and has been for over 30 years.
People like long want to continue this legacy.
“The purpose is to get new varieties of trees and shrubs that will grow well in our valley,” said Long. “We know these species work here, so we want to get them out there in the community.”
With over 1,500 trees to be handed out, some festival-goers, like Shylo and Corbin Saint, have been waiting months for this.
“Because we like making nature,” said Saint.
Whether these kids were taking a tree home as a gift, or climbing in one, festival planners were hoping this would happen all along.
“It’s really important that kids learn the importance of tress,” said Wright. “We need tress to survive, it’s really important to protect our earth.”