Van Buren celebrates Earth Day

The people of Van Buren come together on April 23 to celebrate Earth Day.

Keep Van Buren Beautiful is hosting the event, which will take place in downtown Van Buren. It will last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Our goal for Earth Day is to celebrate what we have done, what we are doing, and for our specific event, I think it is awareness, promotion, education and family fun” , said Tracy Burba, who is on the Keep Van Buren Belle board.

This is the second year the group has held a full-fledged Earth Day festival. Last year, around 1,000 people attended, said John Pope, director of Keep Van Buren Beautiful.

Pope expects more people to come to the event this year.

“One thing I enjoyed last year was that everyone had fun,” Pope said.

Last year, there were between 40 and 60 sellers. There should be a similar amount this year. They will sell sustainable items such as plants, recycled materials and handmade products.

At least four bands will perform on the stage set up at the bottom of Main Street. Van Buren High School Jazz Band will be one of the performers.

The group will also have at least one yoga class at the Main Street pocket park called Blanche Moore Park.

Keep Van Buren Beautiful is a subsidiary of the nationwide Keep America Beautiful group. The organization is headquartered in Connecticut and has more than 700 affiliate groups across the country.

Keep Van Buren Beautiful hosts events throughout the year and has helped reduce litter in the city.

When Keep Van Buren Beautiful formed about 16 years ago, the town had a reach score of 3.25, with 4 being the worst and 1 being the best. The city now regularly scores between 1.25 and 1.5.

“We’ve more than halved visible litter in our city,” Pope said.

Alex Gladden graduated from the University of Arkansas. She previously worked for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and The Jonesboro Sun before joining The Times Record. She can be contacted at [email protected]

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