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Annual Denton Redbud Festival celebrates Arbor Day on Saturday

Annual Denton Redbud Festival celebrates Arbor Day on Saturday

April 11
02:35 2014

Olivia Sylvain // Staff Writer

In celebration of Arbor Day, Keep Denton Beautiful will host the 21st annual Denton Redbud Festival this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Denton Civic Center, featuring local businesses, art, music and food.

The festival is a community home and gardening tradition that has become a significant part of the Denton community. KDB program manager Lauren Barker encourages people of all ages and interests to attend the festival this year.

“It’s really a home and gardening event but we’ve expanded it to bring in the whole community,” Barker said.

Plants, gardening supplies and home improvement items will be sold at more than 70 different booths, while KDB will be hosting free classes and workshops focusing on gardening and environmental sustainability. Festival goers can also listen to local live music artists and eat from a variety of food trucks.

KDB encourage student volunteers from UNT to help at the event every year. This year, UNT fashion design students contributed to the festival by designing clothing for the TASHion Fashion Runway Show that will be featured in the festival. The City of Denton Solid Waste and Recycling Department is sponsoring the environmentally conscious show featuring clothing made from waste materials.

Alana Presley of KDB said she hopes the show will open people up to recycling programs. The designers were required to do research and participate in workshops in order to better inform the audience on the importance of recycling and environmentally conscious practices.

“Not only are the designers making outfits out of materials that would have ended up in landfills, they’re also educating the audience on recycling,” Presley said.

Local print and design company Pan Ector Industries will be printing t-shirts on location at the festival. Pan Ector co-owner and UNT alumnus Michael Little said his business has never been to the Redbud Festival, but they have worked with Barker and KDB before and were happy to work together again.

“We appreciate that Lauren is trying to re-invigorate the festival [and] open it up to a new demographic,” Little said. “We’re always trying to stay involved in the community.”

Denton Redbud Festival is free and open to the public. Community members who want to register for workshops or donate can get more info at www.kdb.org.

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