New festival offers education, entertainment

Sara Van Cleve
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The Arvada Festivals Commission has combined education and entertainment to create the city’s newest festival — the Sustain Arvada Festival.

The inaugural festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in Olde Town Arvada at 57th Avenue and Olde Wadsworth Boulevard.

The festival is hosted by the Arvada Festivals Commission and the Arvada Sustainability Advisory Committee and will feature more than 50 local exhibitors to discuss with residents how to live sustainably.

“The focus of this is on what sustainability means to us in Arvada as a community and on an individual level,” said Sustain Arvada Festival co-chair and ASAC member Chuck Clark.

Presentations discussing the sustainability advisory committee’s main topics — local food, transportation, recycling, energy audits, water conservation and residential gardening — will take place throughout the day.

Exhibitor presentations begin at 10:30 a.m. with Star Acre Farms and feature other exhibitors such as FasTracks Gold Line, SustainAbility, iCast and ResourcSmart Arvada, Center for Resource Conservation and CSU Extension.

Other exhibitors in the areas of energy, agriculture, community vitality, waste, transportation, education and outreach will be at the festival to talk to residents about sustainable living.

In addition to FasTracks discussing public transportation, Boulder Nissan and Medved Chevrolet will display hybrid cars.

“It’s a multigenerational event because people in the older generations can learn about being sustainable, and there are a lot of activities for kids,” Clark said.

Activities for children include arts and crafts focusing on repurposing, earth-friendly games, a climbing wall, alpacas and Pedalpalooza — which are contraptions made from bicycles that children and adults power.

The festival will also feature three food trucks and six food carts with some gourmet options, said Judith Denham with the Festivals Commission.

The event is also a “zero waste” event, where the majority of the waste will be diverted from a landfill to recycling and composting through Zero Hero.

The Festivals Commission encourages attendees to carpool, use public transportation, walk or ride a bike to the event to promote sustainable transportation.

A secured bike valet will be available for bicyclists.

For more information on the Sustain Arvada Festival and a complete schedule of events and presentations, visit www.arvada.org/about-arvada/sustain-arvada-festival