Eddie Agha talks to participants at last year's Riverbend Earth Day Festival.
GODFREY — The Riverbend Earth Day Festival will be noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 16.
The fifth annual event offers local entertainment, food vendors, an artisans market, environmental education and more. The festival once again will be along the Great River Road at Piasa Harbor, owned by the Great Rivers Land Trust.
This year’s festival is sponsored by Old Bakery Beer Company, Shivers Frozen Custard, St. Clair Beekeeper’s Association, Pearl Pro Audio, Liberty Bank, Picture This & More, The Telegraph, AdVantage News, WBGZ and The Gateway Gardener. Other sponsors are River Bend Yoga, Madison County Planning and Development, state Rep. Dan Beiser and state Sen. Bill Haine.
The Nature Institute is partnering with the Sierra Club, the Great Rivers Land Trust, the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, Lewis and Clark Community College and the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau for this day of live music, local food, nature activities, electronic recycling and more. This event will be held rain or shine and is free and open to the public.
CJD E-Cycling of Edwardsville will be at the festival from noon to 3 p.m. to take unwanted electronics. The electronic recycling drive will be from noon to 3 p.m.; items brought after 3 p.m. will not be accepted. They will be in the front of Piasa Harbor for easy unloading.
Organizing groups added a full day of entertainment for the stage this year. The lineup includes Treehouse Wildlife Center at noon, Serengeti Steve’s Reptile Experience, as seen on “America’s Got Talent,” from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and local music by The Lodge Brothers Bluegrass and The Buckhannon Brothers.
Learn from River Bend Yoga with donation-based yoga sessions at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to benefit the institute’s mission of preservation, restoration and education.
Guests will be able to enjoy local treats from Old Bakery Beer Company, Shivers Frozen Custard, Eppel’s Pantry, St. Louis Kettle Corn, B & C Concessions and Community Cultivators, who will be selling healthy side items as a fundraiser for Grassroots Grocery and to help grow the Discovery Garden.
“This year’s festival is gearing up to be the largest one yet,” said Amy Curry, the institute’s outreach coordinator. “We have 66 total vendors and environmental nonprofits that have signed up to share their goods and missions with our guests.”
She continued to thank the public for the amount of support the event organizers have received from the community and that it “displays how environmentally conscious our Riverbend citizens can be.”
Some local eco-friendly vendors expected to make an appearance this year include StraightUp Solar, JMC Design, LaVista Community Supported Agriculture Farm, Orb Elements, State Street Soap Co. and Rustic Wood Creations.
Water activities, organized hikes and more will be available for attendees.
For information, contact The Nature Institute at (618) 466-9930 or info@TheNatureInstitute.org.