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Halifax Going Green For Special Earth Day Extravaganza

There will be something for the entire family in Halifax on Saturday, April 24, when the community comes together to celebrate Earth Day.

Highlights from the event include a 5K walk/run, arts and crafts, food, music, activities and more, according to organizers.

The extravaganza will get under way with the 5K race at 8 a.m. (registration is at 7:15 a.m.)  The 5K will begin and end in front of the Halifax Farmers Market.

The top three male and female racers will receive gift certificates from area eateries with the first place finishers netting $50 gift certificates from Molasses Grill.

Dancers also will be performing at the event, with Isadora Duncan Cultural Exchange at 10:30 a.m. and We’ve Got Rhythm performing at 1:30 p.m.

The Southside Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer free tool sharpening, composting “how to” demonstrations, and they will hand out seed packets provided by Farm Bureau and offer rain barrel information. 

There also will be hourly drawings with gardening books being given away.

For the kids, there will be the opportunity to plant saplings provided by the U.S. Department of Forestry, bean sprouting, coloring books and the chance to paint recycled flower pots.

Also, the Convergence Art Guild will be offering kid’s crafts throughout the day, while the guild’s members create a sculpture made from recycled items.

During the event green technology also will be on display with Virginia Solar Technologies, of Clarksville, offering solar water heater demonstrations and the Carlbrook School performing solar oven demonstrations.

In addition Pick-a-Pine Plantation will offer information on sustainable farming practices, and the Town of Halifax will offer information on how to prepare recyclable household waste items to keep them out of the landfill.

A silent auction will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the Farmers Market building with new and recycled items up for sale. 

The funds will go towards restoring and beautifying the town, organizers said.

At 2 p.m. the planter box dedication will be held, which will be one of the highlights of the day’s events, organizers said.

“Boston Lumber Company and Morgan Lumber Company have donated lumber for the project and other gentlemen are building the planter boxes,” said Erin Throckmorton Shaughnessy, Halifax’s events planner.  “The boxes will be filled on site at the event, with compost, soil and plants that were donated from Abbotts, Dana’s Garden Spot in Blairs and Lowe’s.

“The children in attendance will assist the Master Gardeners with this project,” she explained. “The boxes will then be donated to the Farmers Market to kick off the second season.

“There are so many skilled farmers and craftsmen and women in our area. Eating local produce and establishing the farm to table relationship is very important for our community and the local economy,” she added. “There will be a lot of really cool things happening there this year.”

Music also will be part of the event throughout the day, with Dan Shaughnessy and Robbie Owen performing folk and reggae songs, and Sons of the Grove will be performing as well.