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Staghorn ferns, named because they resemble deer antlers, are offered for sale at the Southwestern Fern Society’s booth during the 2011 Denton Redbud Festival.

Redbud Festival cultivates ways to keep city green and clean

Organizers of the Denton Redbud Festival are hoping to shine a spotlight on the problem of litter in the water with the 20th annual event this weekend.

“Our main objective is to raise awareness in the community about waste, and particularly this year we want to get the word out that litter often ends up in our waterways,” said Alana Presley, the city’s recycling education coordinator. “I think a lot of people don’t make that connection.”

There will be plenty of opportunities for people to learn about that connection, about recycling, reuse and other ways to help make the environment better, during Saturday’s festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St.

“It’s a community event and we love to foster that festival atmosphere,” said Lauren Barker, program manager for Keep Denton Beautiful. “Fundamentally, the message is on point with Keep Denton Beautiful.”

Keep Denton Beautiful, which helps present the festival, is a nonprofit organization that focuses on litter prevention, community beautification and educational programs.

Saturday’s free festival will have more than 60 booths selling trees and plants, gardening products, and landscaping and home improvement items. There will also be children’s environmental exhibits and activities, live music and festival foods.

Barker said the festival always has a good variety of things to do for people of all ages, including a kids’ zone with a bounce house and face painting, as well as the various booths and activities.

Live music will be provided by several local acts: the PurlSnapShirts, Polly Maynard and the AM Ramblers.

A series of workshops will be presented by community partners Cardo’s Farm Project and Earthwise Gardens on topics including composting and community-supported agriculture. SCRAP Denton will offer a hands-on workshop in which attendees can create their own reuse accessories at a cost of $10. All other workshops are free.

Another new twist to the festival will come courtesy of the city’s solid waste and recycling department and the Denton Public Library, which will present this year’s “TRASHion Fashion Runway Show” at noon. Designers of all ages have been challenged to turn discarded items into fashion that promotes reuse, recycling and art.

The festival is presented by Keep Denton Beautiful, the city, the Denton Record-Chronicle and Sleepin’ Dogs Website Designs.

For more information, visit  or contact Barker at 940-349-8738.

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