Girl Scouts host Green Fest

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Environmental booths, green arts and crafts, live music, kids’ events and more are on schedule for the North Mississippi Green Festival today at Ballard Park.
This is the third annual festival, hosted by the Girl Scouts Heart of the South council, which spans much of Northeast Mississippi.
“It was developed to bring awareness for Earth Day and to encourage families to go green and think about recycling and taking care of the environment,” said Jenny Jones with the council.
The festival is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free.
The Mississippi State Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture will be on hand at the festival.
“They’ll talk about Mississippi animals and how to protect the environment,” Jones said.
Vendors will sell environmentally friendly arts and crafts, there’ll free kids’ crafts and a petting zoo will be set up.
There also will be train rides and a rock-climbing wall, and the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society will be on hand to talk about caring for animals.
Toyota representatives will speak about the company’s green initiatives.
Live music will be on the main stage. Performers include Greg Dillard, Ashley Tutor and Jaycee Lynne.
There will also be a Girl Scout Southern Sing Along. Jones said the Heart of the South council has invited troops from outside the council.
Jones said everyone is invited to the Green Fest.
“With the inflatables and the train ride and the crafts, we’ve got something for all ages,” she said, “from the littlest to the oldest.”
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com