Annual Redbud Festival Celebrates Spring in its 20th Year

Annual Redbud Festival Celebrates Spring in its 20th Year

April 19
11:23 2013

Courtney Garza

Staff Writer

Falling between Arbor Day and Earth Day, the Redbud Festival allows participants to join in the celebration to keep Denton beautiful.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Keep Denton Beautiful will host the 20th annual Denton Redbud Festival at the Denton Civic Center. Though this may seem like an event specifically for “green” enthusiasts, for years residents have been attending this free event for more than 60 booths, selling tree and plants, gardening products, landscaping and home improvement items, as well as live music, festival foods, and children’s activities.

KDB teams up with many local organizations to raise about $10,000 to successfully bring the community together in this interactive, sustainable manner. Community Outreach Coordinator Jannibah Coleman has worked to promote this event and recruit sponsors in order to make it possible for everyone to get involved.

“This is a fun community event that really has something for everyone,” Coleman said. “The best thing about this is that it’s a community-oriented event that performs a marriage of everyone working together and being surrounded by learning and growing aspects.”

KDB is a nonprofit organization that focuses on litter prevention, keeping the community well-kept and educational programs. After coming on board in 1993, KDB began hosting the festival from its original hosts at TWU that previously held the festival at its grounds since the 1930s.

Making sure to represent Denton as the Redbud capital of Texas, volunteers come from all over to make the festival bigger and better every year, with an estimate of 7,000 people in attendance. Volunteers plant redbud trees provided by KDB.

UNT alum, retired student affairs administrator, board member of KDB and volunteer at the past five festivals, Jan Hillman feels proud to see the effects of volunteering for this charitable and enjoyable event.

“It’s fun to see people come out and be apart of this as it highlights the benefits of planting trees around our community,” Hillman said. “It’s not only making it beautiful by planting but it’s also about keeping the trash off the land too.”

As the festival keeps its traditions, it also introduces new events happening at the festival such as the TRASHion Fashion Runway Show at noon, held by the Denton Public Library and the city’s solid waste and recycling department. At least 20 designers of all ages will be judged on their design and environmental fact that is integrated in their clothing items while they promote recycling through their art.

The Sustainability School Program that help put on the show is aiming to raise awareness about litter in water ways and how to enforce storm water protection. Though it is the first time to have the fashion show at the festival, TRASHion fashion focused on global waste as it was displayed at the Library, but decided to expand to the Redbud event to bring an artistic look to sustainability.

“We like to find new avenues all the time to raise awareness through outreach,” said Alana Presley, education coordinator of the Sustainable Schools Program. “By getting fashion designers involved to use artistic skills to communicate the message to the public is a great way to get a wider audience involved.”

The festival calls those who are interested in being green, gardening, volunteering, fashion, or simply fun and free events. For more information, visit www.kdb.org.

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