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ACUA Earth Day Festival
Sunday, April 28, 2019
ACUA Environmental Park
6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Twp.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  |  Rain or Shine


Join us for our 29th Annual Festival that features a range of exciting activities for our community to enjoy and celebrate our environment, including many free kids activities, interactive demonstrations, entertainment, delicious food, local vendors, live animals and educational workshops. Check back for our full list of activities and vendors. 

To become a vendor or sponsor, please visit the tabs above.


Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor

ACE

Gold Sponsors

Caesars  HomeDepot


Silver Sponsors 

Acacia JitneyLogo  calvinew     NJ American Water  NJWEAsm    

Siracusa  GreenLife  NPD

Bronze Sponsors

ABCO Federal Credit Union

AtlantiCare 

Casa Payroll Service

Chavond-Barry Engineering

County Conservation LLC

Eckert Seamans Attorneys at Law

Hazen and Sawyer

Morehouse Engineering

PlasTeak

United Rentals

Cornerstone Environmental Group LLC

Friends and Supporters

Amy S. Greene Environmental Consultants
Ancero
Carbon Industrial Services
Clean Energy
Discount Hydraulics
French and Parrello Associates
Gabel Associates, Inc.
Holman Frenia Allison 
Industrial Furnace Company, Inc. 
McAllister...The Service Company
NW Financial
Polistina & Associates
Quad Construction Company
T.M. Fitzgerald & Associates
W.S. Goff Company, Inc.



This year’s 29th Annual Earth Day Festival will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2019 (rain or shine) at 6700 Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There are lots of free, fun and educational activities for everyone. The celebration has many exciting events and entertainment throughout the day. Over 150 vendors, crafters, food vendors and exhibitors will be part of the celebration.    

Exhibitors

Part of the celebration includes exhibits by many community and environmental groups including: the Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association, Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Atlantic Audubon Society, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge, animal activist groups and many family service organizations.  

Crafters/Vendors/Food

A variety of items will be for sale during the festival such as handmade jewelry, vegetable and native plants, flowers, bath & body products, yoga demonstrations, solar vendors, books, handmade glass items, local honey, beeswax candles, health/nutritional products, repurposed/upcycled items, local art and fair-trade products.  

A variety of food will be available in the food court and at various locations throughout the festival.  Enjoy empanadas, bbq, pizza, salads, smoothies, ice cream, cheesesteaks, gyros, shrimp, burritos, tater tots, milkshakes, vegetarian items, water ice, cupcakes and much more.  

Free Workshops

Growing Mushrooms
Mary Faith, Faith Flower Farm
11 a.m.  (amphitheater)

Recycling 101
Richard Dovey, ACUA President 
11 a.m. (Recycling Center)
Learn about ACUA's new recycling guidelines and why there are changes to the program.

Fermentation
Eric Schmehl, Fermented
2 p.m.  (amphitheater)
Join Fermented for a workshop on all things fermentation! Did you know about 40% of all food produced is thrown away in this country? Fermentation is one way to help reduce the waste! Humans have been preserving food and beverage through fermentation for millennia. A somewhat forgotten culinary technique, fermentation is slowly making its way back into homes around the country. Fermented food and beverage can also contain loads of beneficial probiotic bacteria. We'll walk through some of the basics to help get you started on your next adventure in fermentation!

How to Make a Rain Barrel Demonstration
Kristen Andrada, Americorps Watershed Ambassador
3 p.m.  (amphitheater)
Learn the importance of rain barrels and how you can construct one at home

Music and Entertainment

Showtime USA NJ
10 a.m. (Food Court Stage) 

Valerie Vaughn
11 a.m.  and 1 p.m.  (Food Court Stage) 
Interactive Stories and Songs for the Environment - Valerie is a multi-talented musician and educator from Tuckerton, NJ. She specializes in writing tunes with New Jersey themes covering folklore and history of the people and places of South Jersey and the Pinelands.

Magic of Energy
12 p.m. and 2 p.m. (Food Court Stage) 
An exciting, skillful and comical exploration of renewable energy resources: Solar, Hydroelectric, Biomass, Geothermal and Wind Power. What about our trash? Garbage can not only be recycled, it can be converted to energy! We use a series of comedy magic & circus tricks to explode everyone’s understanding of plasma generators, composting and conservation!

Gabe Coia
3 p.m.  (Food Court Stage) 
A compilation of original songs that celebrate the history and folklore of the New Jersey Pinelands. Gabe's music evokes a sense of nostalgia and captures the haunting beauty that defines the region.

 

Interactive Activities and Exhibits

Recycling Center Tours - all day (Recycling Center)
This sophisticated system of conveyors, magnets, eddy currents, optical sorting and manual quality control sorting is incredible! Come see how mixed recycling collected from Atlantic County residents, schools and businesses is processed and separated into valuable commodities to market. 

Wind, Solar and Wastewater Facility Tours - First tour leaves at 10 a.m. Last shuttle at 3:15 p.m.  (Shuttle Near Big Tent)
Take a tour of New Jersey’s first commercial wind farm. Jitneys powered by compressed natural gas will shuttle participants from the Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township to the wind farm and back. This tour also includes the ACUA Wastewater Treatment Plant, solar project and green roof located at the Atlantic City facility.  

Touch a Truck - all day (Outside Recycling Center)
Get up close to one of ACUA's recycling trucks and learn how they work from one of our collection professionals. 

Eco Hayrides – all day
Eco Hayrides, a perennial favorite, take visitors to the top of the landfill for panoramic views of the area, including Atlantic City and the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm.

Free Seedlings Giveaway - all day (Around the Pond)
The ACUA will be giving out a mixed variety of free Cornelian cherry tree seedlings, as well as free seed packets while supplies last.   

The Turtlesinger - all day (Recycling Center) 
An interactive program and where you will learn about, touch and feed live turtles.

Meet Supercan - all day  (Various Locations)
Meet and take photos with our favorite Mascot Supercan. 

Recycled Art Contest Artwork - all day (Recycling Center)
See the artwork submitted by area students and artists for our second annual Recycled Art Contest. Winners will be announced at 12 p.m.

Middle Earth Studios
10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m.

Mini-Yoga Sessions with Lexicore Yoga
11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. (Garden Area)

Atlantic County 4H Club Petting Zoo - all day (Garden Area) 
This club will showcase various farm animals for a petting zoo. 

Live Compost Demonstration - all day (Garden Area) 
Join the Atlantic County Master Composters for information on how easy it is to turn your food scrapes, leaves and grass into valuable soil.

Native Plant Walk and Talk 
Raven Ahmed (Garden Area) 

Rain Garden Talks 
Isabella Castiglioni of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance (Garden Area) 
12:30 p.m. , 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Learn about rain gardens and how to manage water resources on your own property.

Insectropolis
12 p.m. and 2 p.m. (Recycling Center)
Insectropolis will motivate visitors to discover the little known lives of insects and foster a greater appreciation for bugs and their place in our world. Through a variety of live arthropods, as well as pinned specimens, participants will gain an understanding of the structure, characteristics and basic needs of organisms and will investigate the diversity of life.

Eyes of the Wild
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.   (Recycling Center)
“When Animals Attack” - Many mammals have developed amazing characteristics to avoid becoming "lunch."  Learning how these creatures use some of their self-defense tools.
 

Award Ceremonies

Recycle-Bowl Awards – 10 a.m. (Recycling Center)
Participants and winners of the 2018 Recycle-Bowl competition will be celebrated.


Thank you for your interest in the Earth Day Festival! Vendor applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Please apply early as spaces fill quickly.

We offer the following tips to help you have a successful day:

  • Provide an interactive activity to make your exhibit fun and engaging.
  • Join the 2019 Earth Day Facebook Event and share it with your friends/followers.
  • We encourage the use of a mobile credit card processing service if you are selling any products.

Setup information:

  • Space numbers will not be sent prior to the festival.
  • Set-up must be complete by 9 am. *NEW* The main road will close at 9 am and vehicles will not be permitted to drive to their space.
  • The entrance gate will open at 7 am.
  • You will be directed to your space upon arrival.
  • No parking at your site. After unloading, you will be directed to the parking area.
  • If you require electric, please bring an extension cord(s).
  • Breakdown is not permitted prior to 4 p.m.
  • Space must be staffed at all times.

Rules & Guidelines:

  • Festival takes place RAIN or SHINE.
  • Tents are allowed, but they must be weighted down.
  • Vendors cannot sell or give away live animals.
  • Exhibitors in violation of festival rules will be asked to leave without a refund.
  • You will be asked to stop the sale or distribution of any items that do not meet ACUA Earth Day vendor criteria.
  • Prices must be clearly marked on items being sold.
  • No smoking at your space.
  • No styrofoam products.
  • No plastic bags.
  • No balloons.
  • No refunds.

VENDOR, EXHIBITOR APPLICATION

All applications will be reviewed by the Earth Day Committee to ensure vendors and items are: eco-friendly, homemade/handcrafted, educational, fair trade or wellness related. If your items do not clearly meet the criteria, please explain on the application how your display is compatible with Earth Day.

Please note the following:

  • Not every application will be approved. If your business/items do not meet the criteria, fees will either be returned or your credit card will not be charged.
  • The number of spaces for solar vendors will be limited to four businesses.
  • Vendors selling similar products (soap, candles, etc.) will be limited to two.
  • Vendors promoting the same brand (Tupperware, Shaklee, etc.) will be limited to one.

We are no longer accepting applications for Candles, CBD Products, Chiropractors, Honey Vendors, Henna Artists, Home Improvement Services, Jewelry, Soaps or Solar Panels.

RegisterOnline 

Download a Printable Vendor Application


FOOD VENDORS
   

Food vendor registration has closed for our 2019 festival. If you are interested in participating as a food vendor at next year's festival, please sign up for our mailing list. Contact Kristi Aiken if you have any questions about the festival. 


2019 Food Vendors

3 Guys Rolling Pies
AC & C Dogs
Bare Knuckle Café
Denny's Dogs
Empanada's by Lady G
Granny's Kettle Korn
Goji
Jay's Crab Shack
J-Dogs
Jersey Shore Donuts
JR Dogs
Juli's Pink Ice Cream
Kona Ice
Latin Bites
Magilla Gorilla Sweet Treats
Matty G Dogz LLC
Nick's Roast Beef
Pirate Pete's Soda
Pleasantville Jokers Football
Potato Patoto
Rita's Water Ice
RSK Donuts
Shore Shake
Souvla King-Gyros
Taffy Cakes
The Cow and the Curd
The Running Chef
We Scream for Ice Cream
Wipeout Eats
ZeeZee’s Vegan





Become a Volunteer

Would you or your organization like to be a part of ACUA’s Annual Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 28th?  If so, please fill in the information below to indicate how you would like to be involved.  Earth Day volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch.

Sign Up


Become a Sponsor

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority sets aside a special day each year to bring our community together and celebrate our earth. This year’s 29thAnnual Earth Day Festival will be held on Sunday, April 28, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Haneman Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township.  The festival draws a crowd of more than 8,000 people who came to have fun and learn how they can make a positive change for the future of our environment.

The success of this event would not be possible without support from our business community, which has shown tremendous enthusiasm for this festival. Earth Day provides an ideal opportunity for businesses to reach potential customers. A financial contribution will assist us in providing effective educational programs, at no cost, to those who attend. Click here to see last year’s brochure which highlights the free programs and activities that were made possible through contributions.

RegisterOnline

Download Printable Sponsor Form


Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors:


Platinum Sponsor

ACE

Gold Sponsors

Caesars  HomeDepot


Silver Sponsors 

Acacia JitneyLogo  calvinew     NJ American Water  NJWEAsm    

Siracusa  GreenLife  NPD

Bronze Sponsors

ABCO Federal Credit Union

AtlantiCare 

Casa Payroll Service

Chavond-Barry Engineering

County Conservation LLC

Eckert Seamans Attorneys at Law

Hazen and Sawyer

Morehouse Engineering

PlasTeak

United Rentals

Cornerstone Environmental Group LLC

Friends and Supporters

Amy S. Greene Environmental Consultants
Ancero
Carbon Industrial Services
Clean Energy
Discount Hydraulics
French and Parrello Associates
Gabel Associates, Inc.
Holman Frenia Allison 
Industrial Furnace Company, Inc. 
McAllister...The Service Company
NW Financial
Polistina & Associates
Quad Construction Company
T.M. Fitzgerald & Associates
W.S. Goff Company, Inc.


 
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