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29th Annual Earth Fest Blooms At SUNY Broome

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

SUNY Broome became a whole lot greener today. Nearly 1,000 people attended the 29th annual Earth Fest, to celebrate the planet. Earth Fest Southern Tier collaborated with SUNY Broome, Ross Park Zoo, and the Roberson Museum to host environmentally friendly organizations, clubs, and local vendors.

The price of admission was either one dollar or a donation to CHOW Food Pantry. Chris Burger of Earth Fest Southern Tier, said the annual festival is one of the longest running Earth Fests in the country.

“It helps people understand the importance of the earth and preserving our community as a beautiful and wonderful place to live. This has been a great community to live and work and a lot of people have that sensibility and understand the importance of keeping our community healthy and clean.” - Chris Burger, Earth Fest Southern Tier

The Ross Park Zoo showcased some of its newest reptilian residents while programs like the Cornell Cooperative Extension explained the benefits of composting. The Southern Tier Bicycle Club raffled bicycles and offered an hour long bike ride along Front Street. Member John Norris said that Earth Fest is important for promoting a healthy lifestyle.

“Our club’s here promoting the bike as a green source of transportation but also because it’s a fun way to get around. You’re not using fossil fuels to get around, you’re breathing in the fresh air, and you’re enjoying the nature around you. When you’re riding you can hear and see a lot of things you wouldn’t normally see.” - John Norris