Sherman, Texas — Registration for the 2022 Texoma Earth Day Festival and Recycling event has closed. The festival will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a family-friendly community event that offers practical ways to reduce our impact on the environment and reduce the burden on local governments by redirecting items from the waste stream to recycling facilities.
The festival is held in Sherman at the Sherman Municipal Building and Grounds, now known as Lucy Kidd-Key Park.
Recycling will take place on North Elm Street between Kidd-Key Auditorium and Pecan Street. Anyone bringing recyclables should plan to enter from the north at Mulberry Street.
The festival features workshops, children’s activities, music and other entertainment, exhibits, demonstrations, vendors and a wide variety of recycling opportunities.
This year we will be offering workshops on solar power, creating a monarch waystation, selecting the best electric power supplier for your specific needs, and hands-on vermiculture composting using red worms . The workshops will take place in the kitchen of the municipal ballroom.
At 10:00 a.m., Justin Jennings of North Texas Energy Partners will provide advice on selecting the best electric power supplier, specific to your needs. There are factors to consider, including how much electricity your home or business uses and whether you need or will need energy credits for the electricity you generate. North Texas Energy Partners is an energy brokerage firm.
At 11:30 a.m., Monarch Waystations master naturalist and local establishment expert Linn Cates will lead a workshop on establishing habitats for monarch butterflies. She will provide lists of suitable plants suitable for planting in North Texas that will attract and support monarchs while they are on their migration path. The Texoma Earth Day Festival will also provide free milkweed seeds that are on the approved list.
At 1 p.m., Justin Jennings will be back to give a workshop on solar energy. Justin is a director of Angel Ridge Enterprises, a local solar energy provider. It will educate us on advances in technology so that we can make informed decisions about solar energy.
Michelle Haynes of the Rusty Dog Ranch will lead a workshop on vermicomposting starting at 2:30 p.m.
Vermicomposting is a method of composting in which worms turn leftover food into an incredible garden amendment. Michelle will show you how to build a simple vermicompost bin or bag. Bring your own plastic bin or large bag of plastic pet food and you can make your own composter to class! (This is an effective use for a damaged/cracked storage bin, although the bin should not be clear.) waste from the landfill.
Children’s activities will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and will be provided by the magician John Allen, CircleTree Community School, Grayson College, Grayson County 4-H and the Texoma Earth Day Festival. John Allen offers a traveling magic act. We will find him in the ballroom but will also circulate on the ground to share with the children his pleasure of magic tricks. CircleTree Community School will teach children how to create their own scratchboards so they can reveal colorful designs by scraping a light surface of quick-drying paint.
The Grayson College Art Department will be in the ballroom. Their activities tend to use recyclable materials to create art. While in the ballroom, be sure to draw and color a flower to add to the Earth Day Festival Community Flower Vase. Our painting with vase will be exhibited and all the necessary materials (markers, colored pencils, pencils and scissors) will be provided. The flowers will be attached to the board using double-sided tape.
The Grayson County 4-H Youth Development Program provides children in kindergarten through 12th grade with the opportunity to learn a wide variety of life skills. On their stand, children will create decorative objects to embellish their home or garden. A fun addition to the Children’s Activity Zone, Austin College entomology students will be showcasing their insect research between 9:00 a.m. and noon. It will be interesting for children and adults, so be sure to visit the ballroom during these hours.
The entertainment lineup includes Keepers of the Sound of God (the church group of Greater Harvest Church North in Sherman), Red River Valley Dulcimer Club, BJ Spencer, Legend Marshal Arts, Canyon Creek Players, the Children’s Chorus of Greater North Texas and Textoma. Strength. Keepers of the Sound of God play gospel and Dixieland jazz and recently performed at the Freedom Riders Parade in Denison.
The Red River Valley Dulcimer Club offers dulcimer enthusiasts the opportunity to meet and share ideas and information, learn new music, and have a good time. They plan to have their monthly meeting at their booth during the festival.
BJ Spencer is a talented local speaker, musician and singer who uses his personal story and his music to help others overcome depression and anxiety and find peace in their daily lives.
Denison’s Legend Marshal Arts teaches Taekwondo, Tai Chi and Mega Krav. The martial arts school also offers anti-bullying classes for children and self-defense classes for women.
Canyon Creek Players are a newly formed band consisting of Gil Nelson on baritone ukulele and vocals, William Breithaupt on African drums and Dennis Graham on electric guitar and vocals. They perform music from the 1950s to the 1980s, as well as obscure and original songs.
Children’s Chorus of Greater North Texas, under the direction of Heidi Scheibmeir, exists to provide those who love singing the opportunity to develop their talent and share it with the community. They perform for community events as often as they can.
Texoma Strength is a weight room in Pottsboro owned by Marc Dalke and Erik Bevill. They are passionate about helping members improve their strength and health and will demonstrate a variety of strength feats including the 1000 pound deadlift.
We’re especially excited to once again host Trashion VII, a trashy fashion show sponsored by Grayson College’s Art Department. Trashion always provides a fun display of creativity, as contestants walk the runway in their costumes made from upcycled and upcycled materials. Anyone wishing to register can find the registration form on our website or register at the Municipal Ballroom before the start of the 3 p.m. show.
Vendors will provide valuable information about their services and sell fine art and handmade items.
We will offer a wide range of recycling opportunities. All recycling will take place on North Elm Street adjacent to Kidd-Key Auditorium and Lucy Kidd-Key Park (Sherman’s municipal land).
A public shredding event sponsored by First United Bank will take place in front of Kidd-Key Auditorium from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This service is free for individuals and is intended for sensitive documents. Other paper and cardboard must be recycled in the containers made available on site.
Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG) will provide a latex paint collection during the event. They will accept latex paint in one gallon and five gallon containers. Paint can be in any state, but containers must be sealed and dry on the outside. No oil-based paints, stains or varnishes will be collected. These should be kept at home for the next household hazardous waste collection, and you can even sign up to attend a May RDS event at the TCOG booth.
Keystone Enterprises will be on hand to collect e-waste, including anything that a current has passed through. The complete list of materials they accept can be found on the website in the recycling section. They do not accept tube TVs or monitors.
We will have containers on site for the following materials: cardboard of any kind (flattened, clean and dry), plastics 1, 2 & 5, tin and aluminum cans, styrofoam (flexible foam will not be accepted), paper ( Newspapers, office paper, junk mail, catalogs, telephone books, magazines are accepted.
Aluminum foil wrapping paper and food cartons cannot be recycled) and plastic bags (including shrink wrap, dry cleaning bags, grocery bags and bubble wrap. food bags will not be accepted). All materials must be clean and dry.
Be sure to stop by the information booth to pick up a free shopping bag and a copy of our updated recycling guide for North Texas and South Oklahoma. Our guide includes all recyclables accepted at curbside programs and collection centers in the area, as well as retailers that accept items for recycling or donating. These items will be available to the first 500 people to visit the information booth.
Festival details are available on our website and Facebook page. www.earthdaytexoma.org and Texoma Earth Day Festival on Facebook.