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MoCo to Host Family Friendly GreenFest on May 6

There are many ways to go green - from composting, solar roofs, or bikeshare, to name a few — it can seem overwhelming. Everyone can use a little help and guidance when making positive steps, especially if you want to do it right to save time, energy and money.

The 3rd annual Montgomery County GreenFest will take place on Saturday, May 6 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The event is free and located at Bohrer Park, 512 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg. The event is rain or shine.

The Montgomery County GreenFest is an annual festival that connects residents to those who can provide the guidance, tools and financial incentives to help you go green. Plus, it’s fun for the whole family with music, games, arts and crafts and food trucks.

“GreenFest makes it easy and fun to connect with other County residents and businesses who are doing positive things for the community. Going green is not ‘one-size-fits all’. It is about empowerment, support from neighbors and inclusiveness, so we all work together to continue moving the needle forward,” said Lisa Feldt, Director of the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection.

This year, GreenFest is at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg and activities include:

• Demonstrations on sustainable food and cooking by local farmers and chefs including, Chef Tony, Green Plate Catering, and Mark Mills of Chocolates and Tomatoes Farm.

• Live music and performances by Bach to Rock student groups, singer and guitarist Jimmy Lee, and the Thomas Young Ethiopian Dancers.

• A Kids Pavilion with fun and educational activities all themed on water. From a 3-D stream maze to an interactive watershed activity, everyone will have a chance to play and learn.

• Skill building at a bike repair demo or at a workshop on composting, starting a community green team or learning about quick home energy checkups.

• Short documentary films on wildlife and nature, including student films from Montgomery County Public Schools.

• More than 80 exhibitors and vendors, local nonprofits, native plants for sale and artist vendors.

Maintaining a commitment to sustainability, the 3rd annual GreenFest will include event-wide food scrap composting as well as a Prescription Drug Take-Back booth hosted by the Montgomery County Police Department.

Take public transit to GreenFest! RideOn is sponsoring 2 free shuttle buses. One bus will make a loop from the Lake Forest Transit Center and GreenFest, and a second bus will shuttle between the Shady Grove Metro and GreenFest. Everyone can ride for free, anytime between 10:30AM and 4:30PM. Parking and bike racks are also available.

The Montgomery County GreenFest is planned by a coalition of partners, including the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery Parks, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, the city of Gaithersburg and local community and nonprofit organizations. For more information on GreenFest please visit montgomerycountygreenfest.org.

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