TUPELO – Spring has sprung, and the Girl Scouts are celebrating with their fourth annual North Mississippi Green Festival.
The Girl Scouts Heart of the South Council, which covers North Mississippi and a few counties in Tennessee and Arkansas, will have environmentally friendly and educational activities at Ballard Park from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday.
“We have eco-educational booths so people can learn how to take care of the environment,” said Jenny Jones, director of marketing and communications for Girl Scouts Heart of the South.
The Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi Wildlife Federation and Bureau of Land Management will all have booths, and Toyota will provide seed packets.
Oren Dunn City Museum will be open for everyone, and Girl Scouts can earn badges by checking out exhibits at the museum.
Jo-Ann Fabrics will have free crafts for kids, and a group of Tupelo High School seniors will work with the Tupelo Fire Department to teach fire safety to children with special needs.
There will be arts and crafts vendors, especially those who sell repurposed goods or items made from scratch. Many of the vendors this year are woodworkers, including Papa Bill’s Wooden Toys.
The Green Festival also features live music, face-painting, train rides, a rock wall, petting zoo and food vendors, including favorites like the Crepe Maker and the Queen of Ice Cream.
Tupelo Parks and Recreation will host a citywide Sidewalk Sale on the east side of the park from 8 a.m. until noon.
The festival is free, while some events – such as the petting zoo and inflatables – will have a small fee, Jones said.
For more information, visit girlscoutshs.org.