ALTON — The ninth Mississippi Earthtones Festival is less than two weeks away and volunteers are needed for the Great Mississippi River Cleanup during the festival’s morning hours.
The Great Mississippi River Clean-Up is from 9 a.m. to noon and includes a free boat ride, T-shirt and lunch. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 17. To register, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b44aaab2aa0ff2-mississippi/.
Twenty-one tons of trash has been removed from the Mississippi River during the cleanups. The cleanup is made possible by the following partners: Missouri River Relief, RiverWatch, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, St. Clair County Health Department and Illinois American Water.
The festival, held from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, is in a new location: Broadway between Alton and Langdon streets. The organizers’ goal is to bring the community to downtown Alton to celebrate Illinois watersheds through education, recreation and conservation. The event will feature hands-on informational booths, live music, nature arts and crafts, and a river cleanup.
For information, visit www.facebook.com/#!/EarthtonesFestival.