The Town Center again will serve as the environment for Grove City's EcoFest.

"It's centrally located and easy for people to get to and our event coincides perfectly with the (Grove City Chamber of Commerce) farmers market that's held nearby," said Linda Rosine, the city's environmental supervisor. "People can stop by EcoFest before or after they visit the farmers market."

To better align with the market, EcoFest will begin and end earlier this year, she said.

The fourth annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, on Park Street and Arbutus Avenue in the Town Center.

EcoFest serves "to educate our community members about how to be sustainable, live healthier and do what they can to preserve our environment," Rosine said.

"What we're trying to show is that it doesn't take a lot of effort to make a difference," she said.

The day's activities will begin at 9 a.m. with the Bike with Mayor Ike event, as residents are invited to go cycling with Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Residents are encouraged to ride their bicycle to EcoFest, with parking available at a secure bicycle corral.

"We're putting a big spotlight on bicycling at this year's festival," Rosine said.

A new feature will be a bicycle obstacle course in which participants will maneuver their way around a series of traffic cones while throwing refuse into trash cans.

"People will be able to learn about the training and bike-riding skills the officers in our police bike patrol have to master," Rosine said.

Visitors will be able to learn more about electric bicycles through a display set up by Orbit City Bikes, she said.

EcoFest will have four designated zones, each with a different theme.

The Kids Zone will offer activities for youngsters including a soccer challenge with Kickmaster Footgolf, face painting and activities to create a rope and make a healthy snack, Rosine said. Children can collect stamps on a Keep Grove City Beautiful event passport to earn a free ice cream cone.

"The Sustainability Zone is our largest area," she said. "It's where local organization and businesses will offer information and demonstrations about various topics relating to environmental education. AEP and Columbia Gas will provide tips on how to be more energy efficient at home."

The Health and Wellness Zone will spotlight products and services to enhance well-being. Trish Zelenak of Trish Z Fitness Healthy Lifestyle Coaching will demonstrate ways to make a healthful salad in a jar at 10 a.m. on the stage at the farmers market.

The Art Zone will include displays from the Little Theatre Off Broadway and the Friends of the Library and a paint-a-shirt activity presented by the Grove City Arts Council.

Vendors will sell items including healthy food and drinks, homemade soaps, skin-care products and environmentally friendly cleaning products. A raffle for a bicycle will be held to benefit the Grove City Sports Scholarship program.

More information is available at ecofest.grovecityohio.gov.

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