This year of 2013 will be the 10th year for Aberdeen to host Earth Day at Festival Park.

Every year has seen a wonderful community effort displayed by volunteers throughout the county. This year, it is all planned for Saturday, April 20. We all appreciate Jim Litke's expertise over the years, and he will still be acting as coordinator and chairperson for the event this year.

The celebration is set to start at 11 a.m., and last until 4 p.m., with the day filled with food, games, music and environmental exhibitors. For those not familiar with Festival Park, it is at 60 N. Parke St., just two blocks from Route 40 and West Bel Air Avenue, and across the street from the Aberdeen library and Aberdeen's municipal building.

There has always been an outstanding display of environmental exhibits at the park for all ages to enjoy. In addition, there are alternate activities including recycled crafts, an earth ball, scrap hockey and bike spun fliers.


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So what are some of the exciting games to be played? There will be Wiffle dog, V-8 chicken, ocean jungle, tide slide, toe jugger, LP derby, slot ball, bottle cap rumble, cardboard canyon and a lot more. You still will be able to get three plays for $1.

All the game prizes will have a recycled content or "green" theme to help others, and to get free game tickets, you can donate cell phones, ink cartridges, bags full of people or pet food, and baseball equipment.

What a day full of worthwhile activities.

Aberdeen should be very proud to have such an annual event in such a convenient spot.

Who will be the Earth Day sponsors? Harford Glen Environmental Center, Anita Leight Estuary Center, Toyota, PNC Bank, Frito Lay, BGE, Harford Bank, Aberdeen Lions Club and Aberdeen High School.

If there should be rain on that Saturday, Earth Day will be held at the same spot, Festival Park, on Sunday, April 21.

For more details on rain information, call 410-297-4215.

Now is the time to seek out some of those needed items to donate!

Make plans to enjoy a fun and educational day on April 20.