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Apr 16, 2010 9:59 PM by Ariel Wesler

Thousands expected to attend Earth Day Festival

The Earth Day Food and Wine festival started today with preparations for tomorrow's big event at the Santa Margarita Ranch.

The event features live music, a silent auction, and the chance to kick back and meet the farmers and vintners who strive to be more earth-friendly. A team of volunteers manages a constant effort of both recycling and composting, and guests are asked to drink water from commemorative glasses.

"The great thing about this event is everybody is really like minded and wants to do the right thing, so between not offering plastic water bottles and providing materials that are recyclable or compostible, we are able to minimize our waste," said Kris O'Connor, who helped organize the event.

Last year, organizers say they only filled up two bags with trash. Thousands are expected to attend. The event runs through Sunday and tickets are still available.

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