Hundreds flock to Earth Day celebration in Aberdeen

The City of Aberdeen's annual Earth Day celebration drew a good crowd to Festival Park Saturday, as the weather cooperated with sunny skies and mild temperatures.

There were plenty of games made from recycled materials for the youngsters to play and plenty of animals for them to see and touch, including turtles, a green iguana, a chinchilla and rabbits.

Earth Day also featured a number of environmental exhibits and activities such as face-painting and tie-dyed shirt making.

Aberdeen City Councilwoman Ruth Ann Young said the Earth Day celebration was a wonderful event.

"I can't remember other years where we had as many people come down to the park, at least since I've been involved," Young said during Monday's Aberdeen City Council meeting. "We have a lot of cheerful kids and a lot of happy parents and dogs that were with their owners and what have you. It was indeed a very nice event."

Donations of food were received throughout the morning and afternoon. By 1 p.m., at least 40 bags of non-perishable food had been collected.

At least 50 cell phones and several old ink cartridges also had been turned in for recycling by the early afternoon.

According to one of the Earth Day participants, one unidentified young man brought a backpack full of things to donate and recycle. It was described as the never-ending bag, he just kept pulling things out to give.

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