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6/18/2012

Seventh annual recycled arts festival returns to Clark County June 23-24

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Sally Fisher, Environmental Services
Phone: (360) 397-2121 ext 4939
Sally.Fisher@clark.wa.gov

Vancouver, WA – Live entertainment, family-friendly activities and more than 130 vendors selling art works crafted from recycled items will highlight this year’s Recycled Arts Festival.

The event will be in Esther Short Park at Eighth and Esther streets in downtown Vancouver, adjacent to the Vancouver Farmers Market. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 23, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 24. Entry is free.

Artists will display and sell works designed from reused and reclaimed materials. Works include metal, glass and porcelain garden art, recycled paper books and cards, reclaimed turned wood sculptures, tin can lanterns and birdfeeders, and jewelry and clocks made from vinyl records and reclaimed bicycle tires and gears.

Live music – from steel drums to Zydeco – will be on stage throughout the weekend.

Both days will feature a juggling stilt walker, storyteller Will Hornyak and activities from the Portland Children’s Museum. Children also have an opportunity to learn circus tricks on the lawn. Recycled fashions and a chance to make wearable art from recycled materials will be part of the two-day event.

The popular Tossed and Found Experience will return to the festival this year. The display consists of reusable items “rescued” from garbage transfer stations. Festival-goers can browse the display all day Saturday and Sunday in the large tent near the Salmon Run Bell Tower. Items will be available for purchase at local area thrift shops after the festival.

The event is presented by Clark County Environmental Services in partnership with Columbia Resource Company and Waste Connections Inc. At its booth, corporate sponsor Columbia Credit Union will offer an opportunity to win a potting bench made of recycled wood. The festival receives additional support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Columbia River Fisheries office.

For more information on recycling in Clark County, visit: RecyclingA-Z.com.

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