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Annual GreenFest event downtown draws hundreds
Clay and Smiley
Henry Clay of the Statesboro Tree Board and Richard Smiley of the city of Savannah finish planting a swamp white oak tree along the Willie McTell Trail to commemorate Georgia Arbor Day. The tree was planted during the 9th annual GreenFest hosted on Vine Street by Keep Statesboro-Bulloch Beautiful and the city of Statesboro on Feb. 18.

GreenFest, the annual event sponsored by Keep Statesboro-Bulloch Beautiful and the city of Statesboro, was held Feb. 18. The event drew roughly 700 people, including vendors. 

An event focused on supporting local businesses that promote sustainability, GreenFest also welcomes organizations that come to educate. In addition to the educational aspect, the event featured cleanup sites.

According to Amanda Clements, KSBB coordinator, GreenFest's purpose is to highlight the participating vendors and organizations so that the local community is aware that they have an opportunity to get involved in practicing sustainability.

"They can make small steps in reducing their waste and environmental footprint," she said. "There are multiple ways to practice sustainability, and GreenFest is a way to show local residents that practicing sustainability can be extremely obtainable."

Clements adds that KSBB partners with Ogeechee Riverkeeper for the "Don't Litter Lotts" initiative, hosting regular cleanups on Little Lotts Creek to help clean out the litter trap device they've placed there. Volunteers are always needed.

KSBB also hosts an Earth Week celebration, planned for the week before Earth Day in April. They will also host a container garden workshop, free of charge, in September, and in November, they will host their second annual RecycleFest.

For more information on these events, follow KSBB on Facebook: @keepstatesborobullochbeautiful.

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