North Texas Renewable Energy Group - Event Photo Journal
April 6, 2013 Fort Worth Earth Party
The Fort Worth Earth Party was the first of our many events in 2013. Thousands of people fanned out across Fort Worth in the early hours to help clean up the City. More than 40,000 lbs of litter were collected. The Earth Party was the City's way of thanking the volunteers, and providing the public and volunteers alike with an opportunity to learn more about recycling, energy conservation, alternative transportation, and solar energy. Thousands were on hand for the 2013 Earth Party. The weather was crystal clear! Absolutely perfect for work, for play, and for generating solar electricity!
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Setting up required arriving at Sundance Square shortly after sunrise. All was quiet .. for now.
Boy Scout Troop 326 participated in the opening ceremonies. They are a very impressive group of polite, respectful young men!
"Gus", an award-winning disk jockey, provided outstanding music for early guests to the Earth Party.
Members of Fort Worth's police bicycle patrol were on hand to help ensure the safety of the Earth Party guests.
The Boy Scouts had time before Earth Party began to ask questions about Dan's Solar Shuttle solar trailer.
The Scouts also took part in opening ceremonies, raising the American flag.
Fort Worth Men's Chorus sang the National Anthem while the Scouts raised the American flag.
An attempt to reduce plastic waste. Water in cartons, not bottles, covered this entire table. Plenty more was on hand in the boxes.
Various hybrid as well as fully electric vehicles were on display.
Visitors waited in this long line for the face-painting booth.
Even before the Earth Party officially started, more than a thousand visitors had already arrived.
Thousands of small trees were given away. Oh! And the white bucket in the center of this photo? Milk bottles recycled into shoe laces!
Halfway through the Earth Party, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price gave a "Welcome" speech to the visitors.
"Vocal Trash" provided the main entertainment. They are really good! What started with a few children dancing grew to more than 20!
Standing-room only for the audience watching the musical performance on stage!
There's no energy shortage in this group! They run, jump, break-dance, and sing as a part of their performance - often at the same time!
"Vocal Trash" uses water bottles, garbage can lids, and other unusual "instruments" in their performances.
What looks like armor on this band member (in blue) is actually an old washboard. Behind, a musician plays a guitar made from a five-gallon gas can!
Question: What is it that has these parent's complete attention???
Answer: Their children are on stage getting awards from the City for their work in the Great Cowtown Cleanup!
The young winners danced on stage after receiving their awards.
Debbie Branch, Earth Party Co-Organizer, being interviewed by a CBS Channel 11 reporter.
The "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer provided 100% solar electricity for the Earth Party, powering both the water trailer AND the stage!
Pet adoption agencies exhibited, along with adoptable pets. Here, "Henry" soaks up much needed attention from some Earth Party visitors.
This little pooch was so loveable, he was irresistable, even to members of the Fort Worth Police Department.
Fort Worth's "Brush Beetle" was on display to remind people to help clean up overgrown areas.
Even after the Earth Party finished, children were still playing on the Fort Worth Library "hopscotch" game.
Tools of the trade. Some of the many "percussion" instruments used by "Vocal Trash" during their performance.
Even environmental events generate a lot of garbage. The City provided recycling containers, and almost everything was either recycled, or composted.
The day ended much as it began - with Sundance Square in the shadows. This was one very FUN event!




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