THOUSANDS EXPECTED AT ORGANIC PLANET FESTIVAL

Thousands of festival-goers are expected to delight in all-day music,  scores of exhibits, dozens of workshops and tons of organic food that will be on display on the Eureka waterfront during the fifth annual Organic Planet Festival on Sunday, August 30.

The annual celebration of natural and non-toxic living at Halvorsen Park is the brainchild of Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs), which has spearheaded the campaign against dangerous chemicals since 1982.

The serious theme of the end-of-summer party is how to transform every-day life from harmful to healthy. The bevy of exhibits will range from organic gardening techniques to alternative building materials.

Highlighting the festivities will be a keynote address by gardening guru Mike McGrath, host of the nationally syndicated radio show “You Bet Your Garden,” and an all-day lineup of music topped by legendary bluegrass artist Del McCoury and his band, and international reggae star Tanya Stephens.

The festival also will feature the world’s largest organic salad, an eco-organic fashion show, a kids’ village, a $1,000 grocery giveaway, door prizes and a donated food drive.

To discourage cars, a shuttle bus will offer rides from Arcata and there will be ‘valet parking’ for bicycles.

The festival runs from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets–$12 in advance or $15 at the gate–can be purchased at the Eureka or Arcata Coops, the Works in Eureka or Arcata and Wild Horse Records in Garberville.

For more information, visit www.organicplanetfestival.org or call the CATs office at 707/445-5100.

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