Largest turnout to date for Earth Day celebration in Chestertown

CHESTERTOWN — The 2024 edition of Earth Day was the biggest and best in its 14 years in Chestertown, according to organizers Andy Goddard and Jon Hanley.

There were a total of 28 exhibitors and eight sponsors.

The turnout was the largest yet.

“A perfect event and just the right size,” Hanley said of the Saturday, April 20 celebration in Fountain Park.

The guesstimate was attendance of 400 to 500 people.

Earth Day, first held on April 22, 1970 in various U.S. cities, is an annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

Today, it is celebrated around the world by millions and millions of people.

The aim is to protect the planet from things like pollution and deforestation, by taking part in activities such as picking up trash and planting trees.

In the Chestertown event, offerings included a community trash walk; display of electric bicycles and locally owned electric vehicles; free recycling of household batteries and fluorescent bulbs; bare-root sapling giveaways; eco-friendly children’s crafts courtesy of KidSPOT; and educational and information booths promoting stewardship, from solar energy to making your backyard more eco-friendly.

Plus, there was music provided by the Chestertown Ukulele Club and the Lewisson Clark duo of siblings Lauren and Justinian Dispenza.

The Chestertown Environmental Committee and the Town of Chestertown hosted this year’s event.

Sponsors included Capital Electric Supply, Heron Point, LaMotte Company, Maryland Environmental Service, Neighborhood Sun, ShoreRivers, Sunrise Solar and Washington College Center for Environment & Society.


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