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Don’t Miss EcoFest in Westport Saturday

WESTPORT, Conn. – Get an up-close look at a Chevy Volt, learn how to save energy in your home and find out where to buy locally grown food — all while the kids enjoy meeting live animals, face-painting and more during the fourth annual EcoFest in Westport on Saturday.

Organized by students in the Staples High School Club Green, EcoFest is an afternoon of learning, good eats, live music and family fun at the Levitt Pavilion.

“Rather than being viewed as just an event for middle and high school students, as it has in previous years, we’ve really centered the event around kids and families,” said Staples High School teacher Michael Aitkenhead, adviser of Club Green.

More than 30 area vendors will be exhibiting this year, Aitkenhead said. Many are returning vendors, such as Chevy Volt and Smart Car. But there are a variety of newcomers, including Fairfield resident Amie Hall, who’ll be showing off square-foot gardening.

Also new this year is Wildlife in Crisis, which will educate people on how to deal with distressed animals, a woman selling moss terrariums and a group that will showcase organic mosquito and tick lawn care.

While the grownups explore the vendors, kids can enjoy their own activities. Melissa & Doug toys, this year’s major sponsor, will set up an activity tent. There will also be face-painting, puppet-making and animals from Wakeman Town Farm, including rabbits, chickens, turtles and snakes, Aitkenhead said.

Delicious and good-for-you-too food will also be served up all afternoon. Skinny Pines organic pizza, J&J Kettle Corn and Steaz Ice Teaz, are just some of the food vendors on tap.

What festival would be complete without music and raffle prizes? Eight bands are scheduled to perform throughout the afternoon and festival-goers will have the chance to win cool prizes, Aitkenhead said.

EcoFest will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. The event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated, he said. Anyone who would like to make a donation, but is unable to attend, can contact Michael Aitkenhead at mjaikenhead@yahoo.com .

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