Apr 18, 2010 11:34 PM by Danielle Lerner
Earth Day is April 22 but some people in Atascadero were celebrating Sunday.
The North County Earth Day Festival took over Atascadero Lake Park Sunday afternoon.
Hundreds of people enjoyed free food, entertainment and a local vendor fair.
There were plenty of things for the kids to do as well.
Organizers say the event was all about education.
From live music, to face painting, there was plenty to see and do at Atascadero Lake Park Sunday.
"We got story telling, we got tree planting going on, planting 30 trees around the event here, giving away free trees," said Ben Lovejoy, the event organizer.
Lovejoy says the goal of the event is to educate the next generation about climate change, and teach them earth-friendly practices.
With three kids under the age of four, the Richardson family is proving you are never too young to start.
"For us it's just all getting out and being together," said Grace Richardson, who lives in Atascadero, "but I know there's a lot of information and stuff for what you can do to help out and just participate."
Animals from Zoo to You were also on hand to entertain and educate the crowd.
Meanwhile a local vendors fair featured the latest and greatest products to help you go green.
"It's just neat all the environmental stuff, that they're keeping the earth clean and stuff," said Richardson.
A community effort to care for our planet.
A mission that starts with some simple steps.
"Take action, learn how to save your resources, save some money," said Lovejoy. "Save energy, do what you can to lighten your carbon footprint."
The Earth Day celebration continues.
Cal Poly is hosting Earth Week starting Monday and there will be another Earth Day Festival in San Luis Obispo's Mission Plaza on Saturday.
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