By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – For the Girl Scouts, green has always been a part of the mission.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts next year, the Girl Scouts Heart of the South council is hosting the first Green Festival in Tupelo.
The Girl Scouts Heart of the South council, which covers north Mississippi and counties in west Tennessee and east Arkansas, has partnered with Tennessee Valley Authority and Tupelo Parks and Recreation to make the festival happen.
“There are all types of outdoor events, but how many times do you see an eco festival?” said Natalie Wilson with the Girl Scouts Heart of the South.
The Green Festival is set for Saturday, March 19, at Ballard Park. The pet-friendly festival will happen there, rain or shine, and will feature “any event that ties into the environment.”
More than 200 environmentally friendly arts and crafts will be for sale and demonstrated, and there will be a farmers market and a yard sale.
Musicians such as John Milstead, Nova Roma and Every Other Wednesday will perform.
The festival will also feature “Watershed Harmony,” a puppet show about water quality, as well as a petting zoo hosted by the Tupelo Buffalo Park.
There also will be a geocaching event for those who are into the hobby.
Mayor Jack Reed Jr. will be on hand to proclaim March 19 as Tupelo Ecological Awareness Day, and Girl and Boy scouts will be at the festival earning various environment-related badges.
“As the Girl Scouts Heart of the South, we should inspire, impact and bring our community together for a fun event,” Wilson said.