The first Earth Day was on April 20, 1970, and for the last 40-plus years the annual environmentally-minded celebration has taken on various forms and functions. Asheville Earth Day takes place on Saturday, April 21 on Lexington Ave. check the Facebook page for the upcoming lineup announcement. The festival is free to attend and is an all ages event.
In the meantime, get involved with the just-announced Asheville Earth Day Photo Contest by submitting your work that you think best exemplifies Asheville Earth Day.
The contest is a collaboration between Asheville Earth Day Festival and Xpress. Beginning today, Wednesday, Feb. 29, submissions are accepted through Facebook here. Photo entries are to be uploaded to the official Asheville Earth Day Facebook wall. Six winners will be selected, with the winning entries showcased each week, for six weeks, in an issue of Xpress in print or online at Mountainx.com. The first winner will be featured in in the March 14 issue; The final winner will be announced on April 18.
Also, each winner receives two VIP passes to the 2012 Asheville Earth Day Festival. There is a limit of one prize per person, however, multiple submissions are allowed.
(Photo of the first Earth Day in 1970 from http://www.earthday.org.)