Electric cars, clothing collection & yard sale among highlights at 16th annual Green Festival May 4

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BURRILLVILLE – The Pascoag Utility District, in collaboration with the town of Burrillville’s Parks and Recreation Department, will return with the popular Green Festival on Saturday, May 4, bringing free family fun along with plenty of tips and information on sustainable living to the Stillwater Mill Pavilion.

New this year, the 16th annual event will feature a small community yard sale in keeping with this year’s festival theme of of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Attendees are encouraged to browse and shop for gently used items, promoting the reuse of goods and reducing waste.

The first 400 attendees at the festival will receive complimentary reusable grocery bags filled with valuable energy-saving information, recycling tips, and more. Attendees of all ages can look forward to an array of activities, including free, fun things to do for children, including oversized yard games and creative crafts. Meanwhile, adults will have the opportunity to explore more than 20 “green” and sustainable living vendors, offering insights and solutions for leading environmentally conscious lifestyles.

“The Green Festival is a beloved community event that unites families from northern Rhode Island in a celebration of sustainable living practices and a greener future,” said PUD Supervisor of Administration Desarae Dolan. Join us as we come together to embrace sustainability and create a brighter, greener future for our community and planet.”

Dolan said a highlight of this year’s festival will be the presence of the Green Energy Consumers Alliance, showcasing local electric vehicles and providing firsthand insights from EV owners. Additionally, Little B’s BBQ food truck will be on-site, serving up lunch and snacks for purchase.

In the spirit of community and environmental stewardship, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Rhode Island will be collecting donations of gently used clothing and textiles. Donations support the organization’s mentoring program, divert cloth from landfills, and benefit numerous community non-profits. Last year, 375 pounds of clothing were collected.

Representatives from Clean Heat RI will also be on hand to address inquiries about the state of Rhode Island’s heat pump incentive program, which allocates an additional $25 million to incentivize the adoption of energy-efficient heat pump technology.

The festival will also feature a raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses and green vendors. All proceeds from the raffle will go toward supporting Burrillville senior programs, which aim to enrich the lives of seniors through resources, education, transportation, and recreational activities.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stillwater Mill Center, located at 100 Tinkham Lane in Harrisville. The rain date for the event is Saturday, May 18.

For more information, contact Dolan at (401) 567-1262.

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