Mother Nature showed her support for Kanab’s 8th annual Earth Day Festival last Wednesday, providing sunny skies and warm temperatures to more than 450 attendees.

The Earth Day Festival, held at the Kane County Visitor Information Center in downtown Kanab, was sponsored by the Kane County Office of Tourism with support from the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Kanab Field Office and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and Kanab’s own Stampin’ Up! 

Highlighting the day’s activities was the display of artwork by 494 area students in grades Kindergarten through 12.  The theme of this year’s poster contest was “Making a Difference Every Day.”   A panel of three local judges – Tami Clark, Kathleen Adkins and Dixie Brunner – selected First, Second and Third Place posters from each of six age categories.  

From those 18 posters, the public picked Kanab High School student Page Mute’s entry as the “Peoples’ Choice” Award winner.  For her efforts, Page will receive a Stampin’ Up! gift pack worth more than $300.  All competitors will receive certificates of participation and a prize for their work.

In addition to voting for their favorite poster, attendees viewed exhibits about the Amazing Earthfest, Best Friends Animal Society, BLM (Kanab Field Office and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument), Grand Staircase Escalante Partners, Kane County Master Gardeners, North Kaibab Ranger District/USDA Forest Service, Pipe Spring National Monument, Utah/Arizona ATV Club, and the Volunteer Center Of Kane County.  

Financial support was provided by a BLM “Take It Outside” grant, Grand Staircase Escalante Partners, Kane County Office of Tourism, and Stampin’ Up.

“I just want to thank everyone – our sponsors, exhibitors, and volunteers – who helped make this Earth Day Festival the best yet.  We couldn’t have done it without you,” said Lisa Church, Earth Day Committee chair.