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Celebration of mother earth

The Town of Halifax is gearing up to host its fifth annual Earth Day Extravaganza at the Halifax Farmers Market on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This year’s Earth Day event will be the largest one yet, and will offer educational displays, tutorials, children’s activities, games and so much more.

The Earth Day Extravaganza marks the first official event for Rebecca Ramey, the new town events coordinator for the Town of Halifax.  

“My mission with this job is to bring focus to the town events, making them relevant to the event title, the town and the attendees,” said Ramey.  

Ramey has put together an exciting array of offerings for the fifth annual Earth Day Extravaganza.  The Halifax events website is still being constantly updated with activities to be offered.  

Adults will have a chance to see demonstrations on everything from composting, creating raised beds in wood pallets, portable raised bed units and more. Pallets will also be used to create an invertebrate habitat designed to provide a refuge for the types of animals and insects that drive away unwanted pests. 

In addition, there will be demonstrations on soil erosion, making green cleaners and energy efficiency.

Ramey, a parent of two 5-year-old boys, has a desire to make the events fun and exciting for kids too.  

“I wanted to take the Earth Day event beyond just planting a seed.  I wanted to make it an event they would remember and with memories they would carry with them as they got older.  In addition, those memories could help spark a deeper respect for the earth and the environment,” said Ramey. 

Children will have the opportunity to burrow through a long tunnel, seeing pictures of various underground dwelling animals along the way and popping up to see their parents like little prairie dogs. 

“It’s fun and educational at the same time,” Ramey added.  

Whether it’s making an Earth necklace from old washers, planting baby trees with the Master Gardeners, making bird feeders, blowing giant bubbles or racing to recycle, kids will have plenty to do at no cost.  

“It will be like going to the children’s or science museum with your entire family and not having to break the bank to do so,” added Ramey. 

 “My desire for those who attend this event is that they come away with a greater knowledge of all the ways that we have to get closer to nature in Halifax County, how to be more environmentally conscious, and at the same time, be glad that they decided to spend the afternoon at that event because of how entertaining it was,” Ramey added.  

Following on the heels of Halicraft Art Festival, Ramey hopes that people will be enthusiastic to see what else the Town of Halifax has to offer. 

She also hopes Halifax will become a destination town for Halifax County and the entire Southside Virginia region.  

“To do this, the events we offer have to be above anyone’s expectations and really get people talking,” said Ramey. 

The events coordinator credits the ability to offer all of this to the help and support of local sponsors.  Hite Insurance, Reiter & Reiter CPA and Molasses Grill have supported Earth Day as green sponsors.  Their support and enthusiasm for events in the town of Halifax has been amazing, Ramey said.    

Numerous other local and regional companies also are supporting the event with both funding and materials.   

“I think the support of our community is what is going to really enable us to put Halifax on the must-see tourism map,” Ramey concluded.