Thursday, April 19, 2012

Earth Day Festival & Farmers Market

Earth Day Festival & Farmers Market
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fountain Park & Memorial Row

The annual Mutt Strut & Earth Day Festival is Saturday, April 21st, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in downtown Chestertown.
Festivities begin in Fountain Park with the Farmer's Market, live music, and dog walk registration. The walk itself starts at 10:00 AM and winds through the historic district before ending at the County Courthouse. Near the Episcopal Church and the old cannon, Memorial Row will transform into a pedestrian street fair with funnel cake, fish fry, hamburgers and hot dogs by Rose Green, crafters, eco-exhibitors, recycling displays and collections. Pet tricks and canine competitions that include a high jump, doggie limbo, musical sit, waggiest tail, longest tail, shortest tail, smallest dog, tallest dog, best slobber, look-alike and costume contest will take place on the Courthouse Lawn.
Events are sponsored by the Kent County Humane Society, the Town of Chestertown, and Washington College's Center for Environment & Society. "We join together to promote public parks, green spaces, and healthy land, air and water," says JoAnn Fairchild, who works for the College. "For our pets, our families and our future," she says, it is in the community's best interest to be a good steward of the Earth.

* 8:00 AM - exhibitors and vendors set up on Memorial Row
* 9:00 AM - mutt strut registration in Fountain Park
* 9:00-1:00 PM - music by Bob & Pam Ortiz, Rebecca Pitre & Friends, and other acts
* 10:00 AM - dog walk begins
* 10:30 AM - canine competitions on Courthouse lawn
* 1:00 PM - festival ends on a happy note

Mutt Strut is the spring fund-raiser solely for benefit of the Humane Society's animal shelter. Entry fee for Mutt Strut is $20 per dog. To promenade with a pooch, go to or call 410-778-3648 to register.
The Earth Day Festival is free and open to the public. Earth Day exhibitors and vendors may bring their own tables or reserve them through or 410-778-7295. The cost for an 8-foot table is $15, payable to Washington College CES on the day of the event. Please reserve your table by April 15th. In case of heavy rain, the Farmers Market will prevail but vendors and exhibitors will not set up their booths on Memorial Row.

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