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Earth Day In Tonkawa Always Special

The sixth annual Tonkawa Community Earth Day Celebration kicks off with a Baked Potato Bar supper at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 22, followed by live music and activities for the entire family.

Tonkawa Friends of the Library will host the baked potato bar from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Old Santa Fe Depot across from Centennial Park, Grand Avenue and Sixth Street. For a suggested donation of $5, patrons can enjoy a beverage and a “build it yourself” baked potato with a variety of toppings. Proceeds support Tonkawa Public Library programs. “We will also offer Frito chili pie,” Kelly Baker, children’s librarian, said.

For a voluntary donation, the Tonkawa Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Dirt Dessert in the depot.

Vendors with items to sell may reserve a space in Centennial Park with the Tonkawa Chamber of Commerce by calling 580.628.2220. The fee is $22, and vendors will need to furnish their own table (maximum 8 feet) and seating.

Beginning at 6 p.m., Mike Ball and Friends—Greg Abello, Noah Abello and feature vocalist Dana Poulson—will provide music in Centennial Park throughout the evening until 8 p.m.

The annual Trashion Fashion Show gives persons of any age, including those from surrounding areas, the opportunity to show off their durable costumes created from at least 75 percent recyclable or reused materials for a model of their choice. The narrated contest includes four age groups: 2 through 5 years old; 6 through 12 years old; 13 through 18 years old; and 19 years and older. Awards will be given in each category. Rules are posted on the Tonkawa Area Arts and Humanities Council Facebook page and more information is available by emailing [email protected] or by texting 580.628.7136.

Other activities in the park include the “adopt a sunflower” booth provided by Ken Crowder and Audrey Schmitz for anyone interested in obtaining free sunflower seedlings. Varieties planted this year by Crowder, Schmitz and Mark Cope include  Lemon Queen, Goldy Honey Bear, Evening Sun, Mammoth Russian and Moulin Rouge, with colors ranging from pale yellow through orange and deep red. Other giveaways include tomato plants, aloe vera plants and bags. Visitors may register for the opportunity to win a children’s book.

At the Tonkawa Electrical Service booth, City of Tonkawa employees will give away energy efficient items, including light bulbs.

Individuals may walk the labyrinth at any time, with a special walk to be announced during the evening. Some seating is available in the park; however, patrons are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Pets on leashes are welcome at the event.

In cooperation with Earth Day activities, the City of Tonkawa is sponsoring a “Clean-up Day” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two self-service roll-off bins will be available for citizens to dispose of items, and persons with very large items may call the Tonkawa Chamber of Commerce to arrange for pickup.

Earth Day, a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the earth’s natural environment, is celebrated in more than 175 countries each year. The Tonkawa celebration was begun by Heart in the Park Committee with the Tonkawa Arts and Humanities Council, Friends of the Library, Tonkawa High School Art Department, City of Tonkawa and the Tonkawa Historical Society joining in the activities in subsequent years.

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