DeSoto County will celebrate Earth Day this Saturday in Hernando. It is the ninth annual Earth Day Celebration held on the DeSoto County Courthouse square.
Activities will start at 9 a.m. Saturday morning and continue to 1 p.m. that afternoon. It is a free event for the family and several activities have been planned for the day with many different groups taking part.
For instance, if you have papers that need shredding, a shredder will be set up the Trustmark Bank parking lot for that service, done for free, with easy drive-through service.
The DeSoto County Animal Services will offer the chance to adopt a free “fur-ever” animal friend that day.
Hernando Police is having a Bicycle Safety “Town,” and youngsters can meet Sam E. Soil and Reggie the Reading Raccoon.
Sam E. Soil, which the Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission calls a “walking, talking soil sample,” helps youngsters learn about the importance of soil and conservation.
Reggie the Reading Raccoon is with the First Regional Library System to promote good reading habits to youngsters.
Alternative forms of recycling promoted that day include the Lions Club offering to take old eyeglasses, which the service organization recycles, and the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department will take in old prescription medicine for disposal. In addition, the department will have a booth available for parents to get fingerprint records made for their children.
Waste Pro, which handles garbage service in the county, will also be on hand to promote recycling.
In all, there will be more than 50 exhibitors taking part in Saturday’s event.
Entertainment planned that day will have the DeSoto Boot Scooters performing at 10 a.m. and Stayin’ Alive, the Snowden Grove Senior Adult Band, on hand at 11:30 a.m.
The public is welcome to Saturday’s Earth Day event, which is sponsored by the Board of Supervisors, Entergy, and the DeSoto Times-Tribune.
Bob Bakken is Managing Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.