Local vendors gather for Arbor Day Celebration

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Burpee Museum of Natural History will host more than 20 local vendors Saturday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an Arbor Day Fair & Celebration.

“We want to celebrate trees and their importance to our eco-system,” says Lew Crampton, president & CEO, Burpee Museum. “We could think of no better way than to gather like-minded organizations in one location so the public could embrace and celebrate just how trees impact our daily lives.”

Vendor exhibits and information will highlight the variety of ways trees are relevant and important to our daily lives. The impact fewer trees have on the carbon cycle and global warming will be explained.

Event highlights include:

11 a.m. –—“Survivor Tree” planting—Burpee Museum staff will plant a sapling from a tree that survived the Okalahoma City bombing many years ago.

Rockford Pipe Band performance at 11 a.m.

Free trees to the first 100 families attending

Tree planting demonstration

Crafts and games teaching the value of trees

Trees, Trees, Trees Story Telling

Sample of Arbor Day Fair vendors :

Burpee Museum of Natural History

Rockford in Bloom / Rockford Park District

Winnebago Clean & Beautiful

Sierra Club of Rockford

Winnebago County Extension—Master Gardeners

Winnebago County Forest Preserve

Winnebago County Soil & Water Conservation Office

Wonderland Books


Annunciation Coop

Local 4-H Clubs

Activities for the whole family to enjoy will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 28. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-17. Free parking is available at Burpee Museum at 737 North Main Street or in Riverfront Museum Park parking lot directly next door at 711 N. Main St. For more info, phone 815-965-3433, ext.1029 or log on to www.burpee.org.

from the April 25-May 1, 2007, issue

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