Earth Day Celebration, Tweetsie Trail cleanup pegged for Saturday

Published 5:04 pm Thursday, April 19, 2018

An annual tradition within the county to celebrate the environment is set to take place this weekend.

With action taking place across the county, the public is invited to participate in the third annual Earth Day Celebration at Covered Bridge Park on Saturday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Several activities are on the docket throughout the day, according to Jilian Reece with the Carter County Community Advisory Board.

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Attendees will be treated with live music, free farming, gardening and cloth diaper workshops, vendors, kids crafts and other treats throughout the day. Another key component of the event is the annual “Great Cloth Diaper Change” at 11 a.m.

The event is held by the multiple organizations associated with the advisory board to promote healthier living through the community. Along with the activities on tap, individuals will receive a map of all the community gardens throughout the area and be involved with a meet-and-greet with Donica Krebs, director of the Downtown Elizabethton Farmer’s Market, to learn more about the 2018 farmer’s market season.

For those looking to take a stroll during the day before the event, Carter County Proud also has you covered.

In conjunction with the celebration, the organization will hold their second annual Tweetsie Trail cleanup beginning at 10 a.m. at Lion Fields.

Like last year, volunteers are encouraged to walk from Lions Field to Covered Bridge Park by using the Tweetsie Trail. A cleanup of trash will be going on as participants will have a chance to showcase their pride in keeping the community clean.

“We will clean up the Tweetsie Trail starting where we meet and continuing to the Covered Bridge,” Ed Jordan, Carter County Proud founder, said. “We will be picking up trash and carrying signs educating our community about litter and recycling. A large banner has also been donated for our team to carry.”

Volunteers are encouraged to “get creative” and make their own signs to hold during the walk. Trash bags will be provided for the cleanup while Jordan encourages participants to wear appropriate footwear and gloves.