2017-04-21 / Front Page

Earth Faire, Spring Flea Market to be held April 29

BY LAURA LEVERING
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office

Spring has sprung and for many that means spring cleaning. As you’re dusting and decluttering, consider setting aside valuable but unwanted items and plan to exchange them for cash next weekend.

Fort Gordon celebrates Earth Day with an Earth Faire and Spring Flea Market April 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Barton Field. The event features displays, contests, vendors, exhibits along with an opportunity to sell and purchase goods. Admission is free and open to the public.

The f lea market has more than 100 vendors slated to attend. Space fees vary according to space location and are available on a first come, first serve basis. The Fort Gordon Veterinary Clinic has coordinated with local shelters and county agencies to make pet adoptions available on site. There will also be face painting, a henna tattoo artist, and Hilltop Riding Stables will be offering pony rides.

Danielle Hayes, special events coordinator with Recreation Division, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation said the event is set to “provide Fort Gordon service members, families, and children an opportunity to meet together in a community supportive environment where they can learn and participate interactively in activities and displays on recycling and environmental conservation.”

Free family friendly activities will include a storybook walk and wildlife conservation presentations by the Fort Gordon Wildlife Management Division.

The storybook walk allows children and their families to stroll along a designated path marked with pages from a story they read along the way.

“The purpose is to create an interactive, healthy activity for families to participate in while promoting reading and also learn about how to recycle, repurpose and renew,” Hayes said.

Additionally, Fort Gordon Recycling is sponsoring a recycling poster contest. Winners will be announced at the end of Earth Faire. Details about the contest are at www.fortgordon.com/fortgordon recycling.

Jean Kelly, Fort Gordon Recycling director, encourages everyone to come out and support the event, keeping the importance of recycling in mind. Anyone who works, lives, or visits the installation has a responsibility to recycle.

“Earth Faire helps us get the word out that recycling is not just the right thing to do, but it is required on the installation,” Jean said.

Please note that outside food and beverages will not be permitted. Breakfast, lunch and snack items will be available for purchase on site. No pets will be allowed on Barton Field, per regulation, but service animals are welcome.

Hayes said there are still have plenty of spaces available for the Spring Flea Market. Applications and detailed information are available at www.fortgordon.com. People may also pick up a copy from the Recreation Division, in Building 44401, 44th Street. For more information, call (706) 791-8878.

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