It’s hard not to revere Mother Earth when you live at the South Shore.
As the snow melts and spring rapidly breathes life back into Tahoe trails, the annual South Lake Earth Day Festival will return to Bijou Community Park this weekend to celebrate the region’s beauty.
“It’s a great local event that’s free to all our community members. We do try and focus on the fact that we’ve been so fortunate living here in Tahoe and we dedicate ourselves to protecting it,” Tahoe Earth Day Foundation President Jeanne Lear said.
The free event combines circus performers, live music, face painting and a kid zone, but it’s not just about entertainment. It’s an educational celebration that focuses on recycling and composting, alternative energy, water conservation and sustainability, Lear said.
About three-quarters of the 40 vendors registered for the festival represent environmental advocacy groups. The Washoe tribe elders will begin the day with an opening ceremony and blessing.
“It’s always a very uplifting ceremony ... It’s impressive and it’s pretty moving. Because the Washoe tribe has a strong connection with Lake Tahoe, they enjoy coming up here for this,” Lear said.
The nonprofit Tahoe Earth Day Foundation formed in 2006 to educate the public on the regional environment, but the Earth Day celebrations began earlier, according to Lear. The North Shore’s Earth Day celebrations, which are also organized by the foundation, concluded last weekend at Squaw Valley.
Lear estimates about 2,000 people will attend the South Shore celebration. Lake Tahoe DJ Ryan Palmer will kick off the event at 10 a.m., while American roots band Lonesome Locomotive will play three hour-long shows throughout the day.
For more details, visit the event website at southtahoeearthday.org.
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