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Westport Green Kids Gear Up for EcoFest

The school year is drawing to a close, but Staples student Ayelet Gat and other members of Club Green are hard at work finalizing details for their biggest event, EcoFest.

Now in its third year, EcoFest aims to promote sustainability and eco-friendly habits in the Westport community during a six-hour event that includes live music, food, drink, vendors and activities.

"It's like a hub for people in the community to get in touch with organizations, companies, products and services that are eco-friendly, and might not otherwise know of," said Ben Meyers, co-president of Club Green. The Staples High Club co-hosts the event along with Westport's Green Village Initiative, a nonprofit focused on making the town a model "green" community.

Slated to take place Saturday at the Levitt Pavilion, this year's EcoFest will be the biggest yet, Meyers said. Last year's event saw 35 vendors. This year, more than 50 exhibitors and food vendors, including the Westport Farmers' Market, Earthplace, Eco-East Handbags, Skinny Pines and Westport Home Energy Challenge, will be on hand.

Visitors can also expect to see electric cars, such as the Chevy Volt and the sporty Tesla. And thanks to freshman Robby Gershowitz, a new Club Green member, this year's event will also include raffle prizes. "Westport businesses looking to be greener have donated stuff for us to give away," Robby said, who thought of the raffle.

For Ben, providing people items they can use to live a greener lifestyle is key to this year's event. Raising awareness was the primary focus the previous two years. But Ben said this year's event focuses on making it easier for people to make eco-friendly choices.

Also new this year is the Think Clean, Go Green awards. Ayelet and Club Green co-president Nicole Brill created the awards as a way to recognize Staples High students, outside of the club, who have helped or have ideas on how to make the community greener.

Fifteen bands will perform during the event, which runs from noon to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to everyone.

"For the first two hours or so, we'll have a bunch of kid-friendly activities like face painting and recycle races, and the variety of music and vendors is incredible," Ben said. "There’s something for everyone. And there's a special surprise planned for 2 p.m."

Did you attend EcoFest before? If so, what did you like most about the event? Please share with us below.

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