After a fitful week on the weather front, Mother Nature showed her support providing sunny skies and relatively mild temperatures, as more than 400 attendees took in the sights and tastes throughout the day April 17, during Kanab’s sixth annual Earth Day Festival.

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 Kanab Field Office and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Stampin’ Up.

 Highlighting the day’s activities was the display of artwork by more than 600 area students in grades kindergarten through 12.  The theme of this year’s poster contest was “Growing the Seeds of Change.”

A panel of three local judges – Gabriella Torres, 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 Misty Reidhead’s entry as the Peoples’ Choice Award winner. 

For her efforts, Misty will receive a Stampin’ Up gift pack worth more than $200. All competitors will receive a certificate of participation and a prize for their work.

In addition to voting for their favorite poster, attendees viewed exhibits about the Amazing Earthfest, Arizona Game and Fish Department Condor Program, Best Friends Animal Society, Bureau of Land Management (Kanab Field Office and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument), CASA, Grand Staircase-Escalante Partners, Kaibab Paiute Tribe Environmental Program, Kanab City Shade Tree Committee, Kanab Gardeners Market, Kane County Master Gardeners, Leave No Trace Traveling Partners, Natural Resources Conservation Service, North Kaibab Ranger District/USDA Forest Service, Pipe Spring National Monument, Utah Division Of Water Resources, and the Volunteer Center Of Kane County.  The Kaibab Paiute Tribe Heritage Program also sold their famous Indian Tacos and frybread during the event.

Behind the scenes, students from Kanab’s Abundant Life Academy set-up and tore down tents and chairs, picked-up trash, and helped assemble the poster displays.

Financial support was provided by a BLM “Take It Outside” grant, Grand Staircase Escalante Partners, Glen Canyon Natural History Association, Kane County Office of Tourism, Stampin’ Up and Wendy’s restaurant.

“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 your support,” said Lisa Church, Earth Day Committee chair.