Green Festival returns to Burrillville Sept. 10

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BURRILLVILLE – After a two year hiatus, the Pascoag Utility District and the town of Burrillville’s Parks and Recreation Department will be holding its 14th Annual Green Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Stillwater Mill Center at 100 Tinkham Lane in Harrisville. Reusable bags packed with energy saving information, recycling tips and much more will be given to the first 500 attendees.

Once a year, the Green Festival brings families from northern Rhode Island together to explore ways to have a more sustainable lifestyle and future. Children will enjoy free fun activities, giant yard-sized games and crafts, while adults can learn various ways to create a more environmentally conscious lifestyle from the more than 30 green and health/wellness vendors that will be participating in the festival. Green Energy Consumers Alliance will be in attendance with local electric vehicle owners to display their vehicles and answer questions on EV’s. The Burrillville Farmers Market will be onsite with local fruits, vegetables and other fine products. The Dinolicious food truck will be offering lunch and snacks for sale.

The rain date for the event is Saturday, Sept. 24.

Organizers are also working with Burrillville Prevention Action Coalition to bring a variety of health and wellness vendors to the festival.

“Health and wellness issues are an important part of sustainable living so we are excited to bring new information and ideas to our attendees,” noted a release on the event.

In addition, the Burrillville Land Trust will be hosting a Rain Barrel Workshop beginning at 11 a.m. For the registration fee of $75 you will receive a 55-gallon food grade plastic barrel; a down spout diverter, connection kit and spigot; paint to brighten up your rain barrel; and instruction by rain barrel expert Paul Roselli from the Burrillville Land Trust. The 90 minute workshop will give guests tools to safely collect rain water from their roofs. To purchase the barrel and connection kit yourself, the cost would be nearly $200. Registration is due by Friday, Sept. 2. Cash or checks are accepted. Checks can be made out to the Burrillville Land Trust. To sign up, contact Desarae Dolan at ddolan@pud-ri.org or by calling (401) 567-1262.

A raffle will be held with donated items from various local businesses and green vendors. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Burrillville senior programs. These programs enhance the quality of life for seniors, by providing resources, education, transportation and recreational activities Burrillville citizens over the age of sixty.

For more information on this free family event, please contact Pascoag Utility District at 401- 567-1262.

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