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ACUA Earth Day Festival
Sunday, April 28, 2019
ACUA Environmental Park
6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Twp.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  |  Rain or Shine


Join us for our 29th Annual Festival that features a range of exciting activities for our community to enjoy and celebrate our environment, including many free kids activities, interactive demonstrations, entertainment, delicious food, local vendors, live animals and educational workshops. Check back for our full list of activities and vendors. 

To become a vendor or sponsor, please visit the tabs above.


Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors

ACE SJ Gas New

Gold Sponsors

Caesars  HomeDepot


Silver Sponsors 

Acacia JitneyLogo  calvinew     NJ American Water  NJWEAsm    

Siracusa  GreenLife  NPD


Bronze Sponsors

ABCO Federal Credit Union

AtlantiCare 

Casa Payroll Service

Chavond-Barry Engineering

Cornerstone Environmental Group LLC

County Conservation LLC

Eckert Seamans Attorneys at Law

Galloway Township Education Association 

Hazen and Sawyer

Morehouse Engineering

PlasTeak

Russell Reid

Shoprites of English Creek & Somers Point

United Rentals

Wells Fargo


Friends and Supporters

Amy S. Greene Environmental Consultants
Ancero
Billows Electrical Supply Company
Carbon Industrial Services
Clean Energy
Discount Hydraulics
French and Parrello Associates
Gabel Associates, Inc.
Holman Frenia Allison 
Industrial Furnace Company, Inc. 
Kerbeck Subaru
Lawson Products
McAllister...The Service Company
NW Financial
Polistina & Associates
Ruff Supply Co.
Quad Construction Company
SCS Engineers
T.M. Fitzgerald & Associates
W.S. Goff Company, Inc.


This year’s 29th Annual Earth Day Festival will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2019 (rain or shine) at 6700 Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There are lots of free, fun and educational activities for everyone. The celebration has many exciting events and entertainment throughout the day. Over 150 vendors, crafters, food vendors and exhibitors will be part of the celebration.    

Exhibitors

Part of the celebration includes exhibits by many community and environmental groups including: the Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association, Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Atlantic Audubon Society, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge, animal activist groups and many family service organizations.  

Crafters/Vendors/Food

A variety of items will be for sale during the festival such as handmade jewelry, vegetable and native plants, flowers, bath & body products, yoga demonstrations, solar vendors, books, handmade glass items, local honey, beeswax candles, health/nutritional products, repurposed/upcycled items, local art and fair-trade products.  

A variety of food will be available in the food court and at various locations throughout the festival.  Enjoy empanadas, bbq, pizza, salads, smoothies, ice cream, cheesesteaks, gyros, shrimp, burritos, tater tots, milkshakes, vegetarian items, water ice, cupcakes and much more.  

Free Workshops

Recycling 101
Richard Dovey, ACUA President 
11 a.m. (Recycling Center)
Learn about ACUA's new recycling guidelines and why there are changes to the program.

All About Monarchs
Pamela Almeida, Endangered Wings
12 p.m. (Amphitheater)
Learn all about monarch butterflies; why they’re threatened, their incredible life cycle and what you can do to welcome and support them. 

Farming the Forest - An Introduction to Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation
Mary Faith, Faith Flower Farm
1 p.m.  (Amphitheater)
Mary Faith will discuss their mushroom farm and provide an overview of mushroom cultivation that will include mushroom biology, log selection, inoculation, setting a log yard, harvest, and post-harvest. 

Native Plant Walk and Talk
Raven Ahmed, Earth First Native Nursery
1:30 p.m. (Garden Area)
Learn about the importance of native plants while exploring ACUA’s native plant garden. 

Rain Garden Talks 
Isabella Castiglioni of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance (Garden Area) 
12:30 p.m. , 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Learn about rain gardens and how to manage water resources on your own property.

Fermentation
Eric Schmehl, Fermented
2 p.m.  (Amphitheater)
Join Fermented for a workshop on all things fermentation! Did you know about 40% of all food produced is thrown away in this country? Fermentation is one way to help reduce the waste! Humans have been preserving food and beverage through fermentation for millennia. A somewhat forgotten culinary technique, fermentation is slowly making its way back into homes around the country. Fermented food and beverage can also contain loads of beneficial probiotic bacteria. We'll walk through some of the basics to help get you started on your next adventure in fermentation!

How to Make a Rain Barrel Demonstration
Kristen Andrada, Americorps Watershed Ambassador
3 p.m.  (Amphitheater)
Learn the importance of rain barrels and how you can construct one at home

Backyard Compost Information - all day (Garden Area) 
Join the Atlantic County Master Composters for information on how easy it is to turn your food scrapes, leaves and grass into valuable soil amendment.

Music and Entertainment

Showtime USA NJ
10 a.m. (Food Court Stage) 

Steve Kuzma, Andrew Hink, and Robert Meunier
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Amphitheater)
The group will sing and perform easy listening music to inspire and promote unity, peace, and Love. Their highly enjoyable heartfelt originals and covers touch deeply and speak to our true nature, that we are all together on this wonderful beautiful planet, Mother Earth. 

Middle Earth Studios
10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m.
This year's show, The Free Folk of Middle-Earth, features the good king and his knights armed with swords & shields, beautiful princesses, the village folk and animals of the Lonely Mountain - who also happen to be the kingdom's finest organic vegetable growers; and a crew of wicked goblins.  It's a quest to recover the prize organic pumpkin stolen by the goblins.  Peace is won by cooperation among different kinds of beings.

Valerie Vaughn
11 a.m.  and 1 p.m.  (Food Court Stage) 
Interactive Stories and Songs for the Environment - Valerie is a multi-talented musician and educator from Tuckerton, NJ. She specializes in writing tunes with New Jersey themes covering folklore and history of the people and places of South Jersey and the Pinelands.

Magic of Energy
12 p.m. and 2 p.m. (Food Court Stage) 
An exciting, skillful and comical exploration of renewable energy resources: Solar, Hydroelectric, Biomass, Geothermal and Wind Power. What about our trash? Garbage can not only be recycled, it can be converted to energy! We use a series of comedy magic & circus tricks to explode everyone’s understanding of plasma generators, composting and conservation!

Insectropolis
12 p.m. and 2 p.m. (Recycling Center)
Insectropolis will motivate visitors to discover the little known lives of insects and foster a greater appreciation for bugs and their place in our world. Through a variety of live arthropods, as well as pinned specimens, participants will gain an understanding of the structure, characteristics and basic needs of organisms and will investigate the diversity of life.

Eyes of the Wild
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.   (Recycling Center)
“When Animals Attack” - Many mammals have developed amazing characteristics to avoid becoming "lunch."  Learning how these creatures use some of their self-defense tools.

Gabe Coia
3 p.m.  (Food Court Stage) 
A compilation of original songs that celebrate the history and folklore of the New Jersey Pinelands. Gabe's music evokes a sense of nostalgia and captures the haunting beauty that defines the region.

 

Interactive Activities and Exhibits

Recycling Center Tours - all day (Recycling Center)
This sophisticated system of conveyors, magnets, eddy currents, optical sorting and manual quality control sorting is incredible! Come see how mixed recycling collected from Atlantic County residents, schools and businesses is processed and separated into valuable commodities to market. 

Wind, Solar and Wastewater Facility Tours - First tour leaves at 10 a.m. Last shuttle at 3:15 p.m.  (Shuttle Near Big Tent)
Take a tour of New Jersey’s first commercial wind farm. Jitneys powered by compressed natural gas will shuttle participants from the Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township to the wind farm and back. This tour also includes the ACUA Wastewater Treatment Plant, solar project and green roof located at the Atlantic City facility.  

Touch a Truck - all day (Outside Recycling Center)
Get up close to one of ACUA's recycling trucks and learn how they work from one of our collection professionals. 

Eco Hayrides – all day
Eco Hayrides, a perennial favorite, take visitors to the top of the landfill for panoramic views of the area, including Atlantic City and the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm.

Free Seedlings Giveaway - all day (Around the Pond)
The ACUA will be giving out a mixed variety of free Cornelian cherry tree seedlings, as well as free seed packets while supplies last.   

The Turtlesinger - all day (Recycling Center) 
An interactive program and where you will learn about, touch and feed live turtles.

Meet Supercan - all day  (Various Locations)
Meet and take photos with our favorite Mascot Supercan. 

Recycled Art Contest Artwork - all day (Recycling Center)
See the artwork submitted by area students and artists for our fifth annual Recycled Art Contest. Winners will be announced at an award ceremony held at the Hamilton Mall on May 5, starting at 12 noon.

Mini-Yoga Sessions with Lexicore Yoga
11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. (Garden Area)

Atlantic County 4H Club Petting Zoo - all day (Garden Area) 
This club will showcase various farm animals for a petting zoo. 

 

Award Ceremonies

Recycle-Bowl Awards – 10 a.m. (Recycling Center)
Participants and winners of the 2018 Recycle-Bowl competition will be celebrated.


Thank you for your interest in the Earth Day Festival! Vendor applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Please apply early as spaces fill quickly.

We offer the following tips to help you have a successful day:

  • Provide an interactive activity to make your exhibit fun and engaging.
  • Join the 2019 Earth Day Facebook Event and share it with your friends/followers.
  • We encourage the use of a mobile credit card processing service if you are selling any products.

Setup information:

  • Space numbers will not be sent prior to the festival.
  • Set-up must be complete by 9 am. *NEW* The main road will close at 9 am and vehicles will not be permitted to drive to their space.
  • The entrance gate will open at 7 am.
  • You will be directed to your space upon arrival.
  • No parking at your site. After unloading, you will be directed to the parking area.
  • If you require electric, please bring an extension cord(s).
  • Breakdown is not permitted prior to 4 p.m.
  • Space must be staffed at all times.

Rules & Guidelines:

  • Festival takes place RAIN or SHINE.
  • Tents are allowed, but they must be weighted down.
  • Vendors cannot sell or give away live animals.
  • Exhibitors in violation of festival rules will be asked to leave without a refund.
  • You will be asked to stop the sale or distribution of any items that do not meet ACUA Earth Day vendor criteria.
  • Prices must be clearly marked on items being sold.
  • No smoking at your space.
  • No styrofoam products.
  • No plastic bags.
  • No balloons.
  • No refunds.

VENDOR, EXHIBITOR APPLICATION

All applications will be reviewed by the Earth Day Committee to ensure vendors and items are: eco-friendly, homemade/handcrafted, educational, fair trade or wellness related. If your items do not clearly meet the criteria, please explain on the application how your display is compatible with Earth Day.

Please note the following:

  • Not every application will be approved. If your business/items do not meet the criteria, fees will either be returned or your credit card will not be charged.
  • The number of spaces for solar vendors will be limited to four businesses.
  • Vendors selling similar products (soap, candles, etc.) will be limited to two.
  • Vendors promoting the same brand (Tupperware, Shaklee, etc.) will be limited to one.

We are no longer accepting applications for Candles, CBD Products, Chiropractors, Honey Vendors, Henna Artists, Home Improvement Services, Jewelry, Soaps or Solar Panels.

RegisterOnline 

Download a Printable Vendor Application


FOOD VENDORS
   

Food vendor registration has closed for our 2019 festival. If you are interested in participating as a food vendor at next year's festival, please sign up for our mailing list. Contact Kristi Aiken if you have any questions about the festival. 


2019 Vendors


1-800-Got-Junk

A. Walker Apiaries

ABCO Federal Credit Union

ACUA Sustainable Education Center

Air Plant Artistry

All Season Solar

Amber Keep Art

Animal Protection League/ Bear Resource & Education

Animal Rights Activists of NJ, Inc.

Anymari

Asante Arts

Atlantic Audubon Society

Atlantic Cape Community College

Atlantic City Electric

Atlantic County 4 Bernie

Atlantic County 4H Livestock and Poultry Club

Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Atlantic County Council for Young Children

Atlantic County Council of Education Associations

Atlantic County Division Of Public Health

Atlantic County Historical Society

Atlantic County Hub/Green Teams

Atlantic County Intergenerational Services

Atlantic County Library System - Bookmobile

Atlantic County Office of Mosquito Control

Atlantic County Parks

Atlantic County Superintendent of Elections

Author Cathy Leonard

Bass Pro Shop

Bath Fitter

Beads on Cypress

BJ's Wholesale Club

BMW Music

Boy Scout Troop 99

Brigantine Green Team

Busy Bees NJ

Caesars Entertainment

Calls Him Art

Cape Atlantic Soil Conservation District

CASA for Children of Atlantic & Cape May Counties

Cedar Creek High School

Center Eye Tie Dye

Citizen's Climate Lobby of South Jersey

Clay Station on the Go

Coats for Cuties

College Hunks Hauling Junk

Crystals by Joan

Division of Child Protection & Permanency

doTERRA Essential Oils

Earth First Native Plant Nursery

Eastern Service Workers Association

EHT BMX

EHT Green Team

Elle Elle Craft Collection

Ellen's Wire Etc.

Endangered Wings

Ent the Green, Wizard Scientist

Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2

Face Painting by Donna

Faith Flower Farm

Farmington Volunteer Fire Company

Fermented

Flat Earth

Food and Water Watch

For the Butterflies Gardens

Forte International Exchange Association

Gardner, Shanna

Girasol Natural Soap

Girl Scout Troop 12156

Gram of 3 Treasures

Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association

Greater Tuckahoe Area Merchants' Association

Green Life Energy Solutions

Gull Cove Soaps, LLC

Henna by Ash

Highland Academy

Holistic Home LLC

Home Depot

Honeytree LLC

Ideal Institute of Technology

Inland Family Success Center

Jacques Cousteau Coastal National Estuarine Research Reserve

Jalma Farms

Joceanic

Just Organics

Jypsea Leathergoods

Karch Creations

Kerbeck Subaru

Lafayette Quilters Guild

Leaf Filter North of New Jersey, Inc.

Lexiecoreyoga

Marine Mammal Stranding Center

Mays Landing - Egg Harbor City Rotary Club

McAllister...The Service Company

Micro Leaf Farms

MudGirls Studios

Nature's Shea Butter

New Day Family Success Center

New Jersey American Water

New Jersey Mycological Association

NJ American Water

NJ Army National Guard Armory

NJ Fish and Wildlife, Marine Fisheries Administration

NJ Invasive Species Strike Team

NJ Shares

NJ Water Association

NJDEP Coastal Keepers

NJWEA

Nora's Art

Olde Things New

Party Brews

Patcong Creek Foundation

Perfect Air Concepts

Pinelands Preservation Alliance

Pleasantville Jokers Football Organization

PNC Bank

PPA & ANJEC

Rae's Headband Co.

Reenie's Babies

Renewal by Anderson

Ridgewood Gardens

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Atlantic County

Sarah Lewis Designs

Scout Troop 389

Scribble Stix

Sea Turtle Recovery

Session Art

Sew Cute Doll Clothing

Shirley Sews

Shore Cans, LLC

Showtime New Jersey

Shriners Hospital

Simply Rachael Henna Creations

Small Creations by Arlene

South Jersey Coastal Fly Anglers

South Jersey Energy Service Plus

South Jersey Gas

South Jersey Quail Project

South Shore Stitchers

Southern Counties Amateur Radio Association (SCARA)

Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers

Southern NJ Perinatal Cooperative

St. Francis Avian Rehab Center

Stembrain Events

Sun Up Zero Down

Sunpower Solar

TechniArt

The Alcove Center for Grieving Children & Families Thrift Shop

The Insulation Heating & Cooling Group

The Panda Slimez

The Wetlands Institute

Triad Chiropractic

Trinity Solar

Tupperware

Turtlesinger, Inc.

Unexpected Wildlife Refuge

United Rentals

Walkers Natural

Whelan's Whales/Green Whales

White Lotus Boutique

Wired Up

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge

Woof Woof Meow Meow



Food Vendors

3 Guys Rolling Pies

AC & C Hot Dogs

Bare Knuckle Cafe

Boy Scout Troop 99

Denny's Dogs

Empanada's by Lady G

Granny's Kettle Korn

J-Dogs Catering and Amusements

JR Hot Dogs

Juli's Pink Ice Cream

Kona Ice Cape May

Latin Bites

Lindsay, Julia

Magilla Gorilla Sweet Treats

Matty G Dogz, LLC

Nick's Roast Beef

Pirate Pete's Soda Pop, Co.

Pleasantville Jokers Football Organization

Potato Pototo LLC

Rita's Water Ice Absecon

RSK Doughnuts

Scout Troop 389

Shore Shake

Souvla King-Gyros

Taffy Cakes

The Cow and The Curd

The Running Chef

We Scream for Ice Cream

Wipeout Eats

ZeeZee's Vegan





Become a Volunteer

Would you or your organization like to be a part of ACUA’s Annual Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 28th?  If so, please fill in the information below to indicate how you would like to be involved.  Earth Day volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch.

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Become a Sponsor

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority sets aside a special day each year to bring our community together and celebrate our earth. This year’s 29thAnnual Earth Day Festival will be held on Sunday, April 28, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Haneman Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township.  The festival draws a crowd of more than 8,000 people who came to have fun and learn how they can make a positive change for the future of our environment.

The success of this event would not be possible without support from our business community, which has shown tremendous enthusiasm for this festival. Earth Day provides an ideal opportunity for businesses to reach potential customers. A financial contribution will assist us in providing effective educational programs, at no cost, to those who attend. Click here to see last year’s brochure which highlights the free programs and activities that were made possible through contributions.

RegisterOnline

Download Printable Sponsor Form


Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors:


Platinum Sponsors

ACE SJ Gas New

Gold Sponsors

Caesars  HomeDepot


Silver Sponsors 

Acacia JitneyLogo  calvinew     NJ American Water  NJWEAsm    

Siracusa  GreenLife  NPD

Bronze Sponsors

ABCO Federal Credit Union

AtlantiCare 

Casa Payroll Service

Chavond-Barry Engineering

Cornerstone Environmental Group LLC

County Conservation LLC

Eckert Seamans Attorneys at Law

Galloway Township Education Association 

Hazen and Sawyer

Morehouse Engineering

PlasTeak

Russell Reid

Shoprites of English Creek & Somers Point

United Rentals

Wells Fargo


Friends and Supporters

Amy S. Greene Environmental Consultants
Ancero
Billows Electrical Supply Company
Carbon Industrial Services
Clean Energy
Discount Hydraulics
French and Parrello Associates
Gabel Associates, Inc.
Holman Frenia Allison 
Industrial Furnace Company, Inc. 
Kerbeck Subaru
Lawson Products
McAllister...The Service Company
NW Financial
Polistina & Associates
Quad Construction Company
Ruff Supply Co.
SCS Engineers
T.M. Fitzgerald & Associates
W.S. Goff Company, Inc.


 
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