Mechanicsburg’s Tenth Annual Earth Day Festival Set for April 21

By Susanna Reppert, The Rosemary House April 6, 2018

The Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership is pleased to announce plans for Mechanicsburg’s 10th Annual Earth Day Festival to be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

The event will feature live music, fresh food, games and family-friendly activities, vendors featuring a variety of eco-friendly products, a silent auction and more.  The event will be held along Market Street in downtown Mechanicsburg, rain or shine.

“Our goal this year is to raise awareness of sustainable choices that are available to consumers right here in central Pennsylvania,” said Susanna Reppert, owner of The Rosemary House in Mechanicsburg and this year’s Earth Day organizer. “The event will be fun, but also informative to help residents make eco-friendly decisions today and in the future.”

Mechanicsburg’s Earth Day  Festival will also feature the following:

The Great Cloth Diaper Change - At 11:00 a.m. in Caromel Colours storefront, Om Baby (retailer) of Camp Hill will coordinate our participation with women around the world in an attempt to break the record for the most number of cloth diapers changed in a given moment. Last year’s event made the Guinness Book of World Records, with participants from 19 countries that span five continents.

Recycling Extravaganza – featuring secure electronics recycling, secure paper shredding sponsored by PSECU will be held at First United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Check the website for a complete list of items to be recycled.

Soolah Hoops – Will be here to demo and teach the art of Hoola Hooping for exercise and fun.

Rain Barrel Silent Auction - Attendees can bid on several rain barrels hand-painted by local artists and high school students. Rain barrels are used to collect water for recycled use in gardens or house plants.

Smokey Bear – Makes an appearance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Earth Day Festival Bike DriveMASD Operation Wildcat Project Bikes and Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg are once again teaming together for a joint Bike Drive at the Mechanicsburg Earth Day Festival.  Bikes help kids stay healthy and active. Throughout the day, community members are invited to donate used bikes, which will then be repaired and given to local children who might not otherwise be able to afford a bike. Adult bikes will also be accepted and used to help disadvantaged adults acquire transportation to go to work.  

Live Music on the PSECU stage - Local artists Jonathan Frazier (folk/flute/keyboard), and Bumbada Women’s Drummers are returning by popular demand.   The event also features Winter Parks and The Central PA Belly Dancers will round out the entertainment for the day.

Vendors – Local merchants that sell and/or produce eco-friendly products such as cloth diapers, solar panels, and even burial options will host booths. In addition, a variety of fresh food will be available.

Activities for Children – Many community groups will host fun games and activities for children. The Mechanicsburg Museum Association, will provide kid-friendly foods and activities as well.  

It is truly a Community event -  With participation from the Cumberland County Master Gardeners, Penn-Cumberland Garden Club, Mechanicsburg Woman’s Club, Mechanicsburg Area School District Green Team, Mechanicsburg’s Environmental Advisory Council, Mechanicsburg Lion’s Club and many others.

For more information about the Earth Day Celebration or to reserve a vendor booth, call or e-mail Susanna Reppert, Owner of The Rosemary House, at (717) 697-5111 or