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Residents crowd towards informative booths to learn more about saving water through special faucets.

By Corrina Taylor, BubbleLife Intern

Crowds gather around the various booths, and in the background, the band Def!nitely, Maybe plays. There are informative pamphlets, balloon makers and earth-friendly bags – everything one could possibly imagine having at Earthfest.

This year, EcoCoppell Earthfest was held in the Town Center Plaza on Saturday, April 6. Many people showed up to have fun and left more knowledgeable about their environment and how to help preserve it.

“Earthfest is one of our annual events we put on for the city,” Kami McGee, special events coordinator said. “We have around 30 vendors come out and sell recycled products, we have people talk about their services and we have city boosters talk about sustainability and show the public how city employees try to be as green as possible.”

There were city employees at various booths raising awareness on important issues. The city brought in the vendors and some balloon artists for the children. There were also face painters to make the event more kid-friendly.

Along with city employers, a lot of students from Coppell High School were present to talk about issues of their own.

“Our main goal is to promote reusable bags to Tom Thumb and Kroger,” CHS junior Imran Murtuza said. “We want to go toward that direction for Coppell. We are here for raising awareness and working on biodegradable bottles for sports teams.”

The event was informative for everyone. There were games for young children to play where they could learn more about the environment and win prizes. 

Though it was windy, there was still fun to be had for all. There was a high turnout rate, and the parking lot was filled although people kept pouring into the plaza. There were a lot of families joining in on activities and plenty of items to peruse. 

Many of the booths at the plaza sold refurbished or recycled items such as wind chimes, bags, lamps and much more. There was even an appearance from the Coppell Community Garden, which brought plants to sell to the public. 

Coppell resident of 29 years Gloria Smitts had her own booth where she sold items she found at garage sales and refurbished to look like new. She spends hours repainting and polishing these items to make them look like new. 

"I enjoy shopping for stuff that has been used," Smitts said. "I hate to see people throw away good stuff just because it has candlewax on it or it needs a good polishing. I try to save things, and I enjoy doing it. It got to be a big hobby and I expanded it."

Smitts is one of the many different residents who came to show her items. Among the other booths, there were handmade baskets, wind chimes made from old bottles and bags made from old paper. 

Overall, the event was a success. A lot of residents came out and left with knowledge on how to preserve the environment along with prizes and handmade objects of their choosing.