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Apr 16, 2013 02:10PM ● By tina

Two young runners wait for the start of the 2012 DFW Farm Truck 5K Fun Run

Earth Day Dallas Makes for a Texas-size Eco-gathering

Every day we enjoy our beautiful plant and its bountiful offerings, how about spending a couple of days this April celebrating just that. From April 20 to 21, historic Fair Park in Dallas will transform into a tribute to Planet Earth. With over 500,000 square feet of space hosting hundreds of exhibitors, an impressive line up of speakers as well as films, live music and events, Earth Day Dallas makes for a Texas-size eco-gathering.

Participants in the free festival can explore the Eco Expo, where hundreds of exhibitors offer information on environmental issues and ways to incorporate green ideas into everyday living. Films, music and art installations highlight eco awareness, while panels of speakers educate attendees on the issues facing our planet and how we can best address them.

You will definitely not want to miss Leilani Munter, one of the best female race-car drivers in the world and Discovery Planet’s Green No. 1 Eco Athlete in the world, when she addresses the green matters closest to her heart. Take advantage of the tree-climbing opportunities available to attendees over the age of five and then see how local celebrities fare in Charitree, as they attempt to scale their ways to the top of live oak trees in Fair Park. Supporters can pledge money for every milestone the climber reaches — all funds go to groups who work preserving the beautiful trees throughout the city. Can’t attend the festival itself? Go green by running in the Truck Farm 5K, supporting an organization that teaches youngsters the value of sustainable agriculture.

This event promises to be the biggest Earth Day Dallas yet – the 2011 Earth Day event was the second largest in the county — attended by over 60,000 people. So arrive early and make a day of it — the earth will thank you!