Grove City's EcoFest will have a new location this year, but the same message.
"EcoFest celebrates Grove City's commitment to being a recycling and green city," said Parks and Recreation Supervisor Kelly Sutherland. "By visiting the festival, I think people can see how little effort it can take to make a big impact on our environment."
The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, in the area of Park Street and Arbutus Avenue in the Town Center.
"The new location is more centrally located and will make it easier for residents to attend and find parking," Sutherland said. "Holding it in the Town Center will also help all our downtown businesses by bringing people who will stop by a store or restaurant before or after they go to EcoFest."
The day's activities will begin at 9 a.m. with the Bike with Mayor Ike bike tour. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Residents are encouraged to ride their bikes to EcoFest. Bike parking will be available at a secure corral.
EcoFest again will feature four designated fun zones with activities for children and adults, Sutherland said.
"The Kids Zone will have science activities presented by COSI, animals from the Columbus Zoo and soccer challenges with Kickmaster Footgolf," she said, adding there also will be traditional children's activities such as face painting and crafts.
A Sustainability Zone will include displays and demonstrations regarding various environmental education topics from local organizations.
"There will be information available about topics like composting, rain barrels and solar power," Sutherland said. "There will also be a chance to learn about the importance of pollination. There's a big concern about the disappearance of bees and what that might mean for our planet."
The Health and Wellness Zone will feature demonstrations of various forms of fitness. Trisha Zelenak of Trish Z Fitness will demonstrate how to make a healthful salad in a jar during a presentation at 10 a.m. on the stage at the Grove City Chamber of Commerce's farmers market on Broadway at Park Street.
Visitors can view artwork made with recycled materials and pieces created and entered by youngsters in a children's art contest in the Art Zone. Additional activities and displays will be sponsored by the Little Theater Off Broadway and a paint-a-shirt activity will be presented by the Grove City Arts Council.
"We'll even give people the chance to drive an electric vehicle," Sutherland said.
The Ride & Drive activity, presented by Clean Fuels Ohio, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Participants must be licensed drivers and at least 18 years old. Registration for the Ride & Drive will begin at 11:30 a.m.
Vendors will sell items including healthful food and drinks, homemade soaps, skin-care products, solar ovens and environmentally friendly cleaning products. A raffle, featuring adult and children's bicycles, will be held to benefit the Grove City Arts in the Park program.