Go Green meeting Dunn

Alderman Robin Dunn takes notes during a meeting of the Go Green committee on Monday, April 1. Dunn, along with her committee, are in the midst of planning the city's second annual Earth Day celebration, which will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Frazier McEwen Park.

 – Staff Photo by Erin McCullough

Now that April is upon us, Go Green! Tullahoma is ramping up preparations for the city’s second annual Earth Day celebration.

Last week, Alderman Robin Dunn and several green-minded individuals gathered to discuss their progress on the annual celebration, as well as spitball some new ideas for the committee.

The city’s Earth Day celebration will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month, April 27, at Frazier McEwen Park, according to Dunn. Those who attend will see loads of activities for children and adults alike, as well as a wealth of resources to reduce their carbon footprint.

Sponsored by Ole Shed Brewing Company and Cherokee Distributing, the event will see multiple vendors converging on the park to disseminate information living green, Dunn said, and she invited everyone to come out and enjoy the afternoon.

At the moment, about 30 vendors are scheduled to attend, Dunn said, though she welcomes any vendors with a similar mission to come out and set up shop.

Some of the current vendors include the Tullahoma Public Works Department, Interlocal Solid Waste Authority, the Coffee County chapter of Tennessee Master Gardeners, Friends of Short Springs, the Highland Rim Bicycle Club and the Tennessee Environmental Council.

This year’s event is larger in scale than last year’s, thanks in part to the event sponsors, but also thanks to a Bonnaroo Works Fund grant the committee received. Dunn said the group received $5,000 from the Bonnaroo Works Fund to use for advertising and additional entertainment for this year’s event. That money has gone to good use, Dunn said, as this year’s event will be capped off with a free concert from Lee Gibson and friends during “A Night of Nashville.”

Between the extended vendor list and the free concert afterward, Dunn said she was hoping to see around 1,000 people come out to the park and enjoy some green activities. This would more than double last year’s attendance, which saw around 400 people in the park.

“It should be really good,” Dunn said of the event.

The fun isn’t just for adults or children, she added - several booths will have kids areas set up for fun, games and crafts.

For instance, she said, Interlocal Solid Waste Authority should have a “kids crafting area” set up and there will be a recycling game for children to try.

Even though the games are more for children, the event sponsors will also have some fun for the 21-and-up crowd to enjoy. Ole Shed Brewing Company and Cherokee Distributing will have drinks available for purchase for those of legal age, Dunn said.

All in all, Dunn said everyone in town should be prepared for a fun afternoon filled with green information and free evening music.

For more information about vendors, contact Dunn at aldermandunn@tullahomatn.gov.

Erin McCullough may be reached at emccullough@tullahomanews.com.