Earth Festival organizers recently announced that letters seeking supporters and participants have been mailed to area businesses, schools, organizations and individuals. Financial contributions are being accepted, and an open invitation to Earth-friendly exhibitors, food and retail vendors and workshop presenters is being extended.

Earth Festival 2008 will kick off with a seminar series, "Operating in the Green: A Practical Approach," on Friday, April 18. This event will feature a choice of seminars, plus a trade show exhibit and luncheon, for local businesses, municipalities and schools. All the day's components will focus on practical advice about reducing the environmental impact of an individual, organization, institution or business.

"Operating in the Green" will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Milford Central School. It is a prelude to the traditional Earth Festival activities, which will be held the following day at the same location from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Now in its third year, Earth Festival is an environmentally focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, workshops, vendors and entertainment, all with a fun, Earth-friendly twist, organizers said. Earth Festival 2008 will include a silent auction and will mark the return of last year's popular trash-to-treasure challenge, the "EcoArt Trendy/Trash Contest."

In conjunction with Earth Festival, EENOC also publishes an Earth Day calendar. All those holding an environmental or Earth-related event or activity between April 15 and May 15 are invited to submit information for the calendar at no cost.

Earth Festival 2008 is sponsored by Wildlife Learning Co., in cooperation with Otsego 2000 and Otsego County Conservation Association. For more information about Earth Festival, visit www.eenoc.org or call 293-6043.

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