Where can you see brand new films, solar and wind displays, a building with a geothermal well built into it, stilt walking dancers, and an F-250 pick-up truck that runs on french fry grease from Ray’s Place? Where else but in downtown Kent. This weekend downtown Kent will be busy hosting the 2nd annual Who’s Your Mama earth day festival. The event planners have done a great job setting up a full range of activities and I’ve attached the festival information so you don’t miss any of it.
Even though this is just year 2 for the festival, the event has grown leaps and bounds. There’s so much going on this year that we’re closing down Main Street between Depeyster and Water Street on Saturday to make room for all the earth-friendly vendors to set up and display their wares. It will be a veritable Earth-apalooza in downtown Kent.
Kent has a long tradition of looking out for mother earth so it’s really no surprise that this event has taken off the way it has. There’s still a lot of the original hippie clan communing here in Kent and this is just an updated version of flower power. Forget about having a chicken in every pot, Kents got a Whole Earth Catalogue in every mailbox. Kent was new age before new age meant something and we’re still new age in our old age.
Ok you get the drift, being earth friendly is part of the Kent DNA — which also makes it a significant theme in the Kent brand. The good news is being green is no longer just the good of our social conscience — its actually turning out to be good for business. So while you’re strolling Main Street this weekend be thinking about how we can build new businesses around our green streak.
When it comes to our future being green matters and so does jobs — our challenge is building a cluster of jobs that honor our green heritage and make Al Gore proud. They always say to lead with your strengths and eco-friendliness is one of our greatest strengths so I’m hoping to get some more ideas from walking around downtown Kent this weekend.
There’s too many activities for me to try to list here so just follow the link and you’ll see what I mean.