"Reduce, reuse, recycle" is the underlying theme of the sixth annual Earth Festival. Family-friendly festivities will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Milford Central School.

The event will feature educational, artistic and hands-on displays emphasizing environmentally friendly practices.

Event organizers are inviting attendees to drop off Styrofoam (white only), bubble wrap, empty inkjet cartridges, old cell phones, prom dresses, unwanted videotapes and CDs and used nylon monofilament fishing line at no charge.

Edison Computers will be on hand for an electronics collection. Some fees will apply. Footwear of all kinds will be accepted for a donation of $1 per pair.

"Waste, and the way we handle it, has a big impact on our water, land, and air. Practicing the three R's of waste management (reduce, reuse, recycle) is important for a healthy environment," event co-founder Martha Clarvoe said. "We hope these collections will bring more people to Earth Festival than ever before. There's a lot of good information to be had, and it's a fun event for the whole family."

Other highlights include a "Pottery for Education" silent auction, the unveiling of the countywide farmers' market cookbook, sawdust clay activities for kids and the EcoArt Trendy Trash contest.

A bird walk will be held before Earth Festival at Robert V. Riddell State Park.

Those wanting to participate should meet in the school parking lot at 8 a.m. For more information, call Dave Kiehm at 286-9222 or e-mail dave@deaddriftstudio.com. At 9 a.m., MCS teacher Eamonn Hinchey will lead a short walk into the school's forest property.

Visitors can learn backyard sugaring basics and enjoy the taste of pure New York maple syrup at 1 p.m. outside the main door of the school.

Following Earth Festival at 3 p.m., the Milford Central School Education Foundation Inc. will sponsor its second "Go Green" Fashion Show.

Tickets cost $10 per person or $60 for a table of eight.

For more information and an entry form, or to purchase tickets, call Lori Henry or Gregory at 286-7721, ext. 8408.

Earth Festival 2011 is sponsored by Otsego County Conservation Association and Wildlife Learning Company.

For more information, call 547-4488.

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