Union County Earth Day celebrations, video highlights
Earth Day was a huge success in Union County this year. From Stallings, NC to downtown Monroe, it was a great day as many folks in our area participated in this event. The weather was beautiful and the temps were mild. A perfect day to celebrate Earth Day. If you weren’t able to make it this year, here are video highlights of both celebrations held in Stallings and Monroe.
Earth Day Video Highlights
Video production by monroescoop.com
Links to the web sites mentioned in the video:
- Jeff Knight “Dancing Bees” firstname.lastname@example.org
From Lynda Paxton, Mayor of Stallings, NC.
Tracie Frost, Chairwoman of the Stallings Parks and Recreation Committee, pledges that the “South will rise again!” The North Stallings team beat South Stallings in both the adult and youth competitions for the Tug of War contest at the Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 25. Because Highway 74 creates a geographical division, it is often difficult to unite the two sides of town. The North-South Contest was designed to poke fun at the division and bring people from both sides together. With the help of bright sunshine and warm temperatures, a record crowd turned out for the annual event in Stallings.
Mayor Lynda Paxton, who started the festival 3 years ago, was initially worried that competition from new festivals in Indian Trail and Monroe might detract from the Stallings celebration, but she said
“Those fears disappeared when exhibitors began calling us this year asking to participate.”
There were new exhibits by Geosol, The Mold Assessment Group, Harrington Construction Company, Shaklee Cleaning Products, Interlink, and Helms Heating and Air Conditioning. John Burke’s all electric car, a banana yellow Corbin, and the Caroma dual flush toilet exhibits were back by popular demand as well as repeat appearances from Union Power Cooperative, Master Gardeners, American Chemical Society and Carolina Fun Machines.
James Williams, consultant from PBS&J, introduced the new Park Master Plan and town staff did a stormwater demonstration. The crowds enjoyed music by Stallings Elementary School Chorus, Sardis Sound, and local student bands from Music Matters. Tru-Karate, a new martial arts school in town, showed off their moves with a karate demonstration on the green.
This year’s event also included more opportunities for people to be actively involved with the Tug of War, the first family bike ride, letterboxing hunts, and booths for construction of bird feeders, and seed planting. The first 100 visitors got free T-shirts with an original Earth Day logo designed by 12 year old Thomas Reed, a sixth grader at Porter Ridge Middle School. K104.7 partnered with the Town of Stallings to sponsor the event.
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