Residents attracted to Earth Day celebration

Matt DeYoung • Apr 29, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Sarah Luker attended Saturday’s Earth Day Lakeshore Celebration, eager to surround herself with “like-minded people.”

“We’ve come every year,” said Luker, who was joined by her 6-year-old twins, Zoey and Mia. “We just love being green. We teach recycling and composting at home. It’s refreshing to be surrounded by like-minded people.”

Perhaps 100 people marched in Saturday’s Green Parade, many carrying signs promoting environmental slogans. Organizers encouraged walkers, bicyclists and other forms of transportation not using fossil fuels. The parade started at the Ottawa County Courthouse and ended at the Earth Day Fair at the Grand Haven Community Center..

Jim Dufford was pulled along the parade route in a horse-drawn wagon. Dufford played his guitar and sang several songs to entertain those walking in the parade. 

“This is my second year,” he said. “I’m not a radical environmentalist by any means, but I like to take care of my mother. 

“There are some interesting booths with information about composting and gardening.”

Dozens of tables lined the hallways of the Grand Haven Community Center. One showed off trash that had been collected at Grand Have State Park. Another shared the role that bees play in the environment. Others focused on recycling, composting, bird watching, and many other environmental causes. 

This marked the 14th annual Earth Day Lakeshore Celebration. 

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