"Verde" is Spanish for "green," and the Viva Verde Earth Fest is all about being green.
From recycling to green crafts and activities, to educational events for residents of all ages, the second annual festival Saturday will have something for everyone.
Renee Goodnight, community outreach coordinator for the city of Kannapolis, said the event will be entertaining for residents of all ages and educational about issues affecting the environment. It's only fitting it take place on Earth Day.
The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in North Cabarrus Park, off Orphanage Road in Kannapolis.
In the spirit of working together to help save the Earth, the cities of Kannapolis and Concord, and Cabarrus County, are co-hosting the festival.
A free shuttle will take visitors from the parking area across from North Cabarrus Park to the event inside the park, as well as to the annual Herb and Plant Festival, which will be the same day at the Piedmont Farmer's Market on Winecoff School Road. The shuttle also will connect to the Rider Transit Center for those who want to ride the bus.
"We hope to grow this event into a great family event people will look forward to attending each year," Goodnight said, "and attract green vendors who are concerned about the environment and can offer safer, more environmentally friendly alternatives to our (residents)."
North Cabarrus, the county's most centrally located park, hosts the festival to make it convenient for all residents.
Last year's event included about 40 vendors; static displays such as hybrid cars; recycling opportunities; bands; and raffles.
This year, there will be a plastic-shopping-bag exchange, live music, educational, government and business vendor booths, children's games, crafts, story time and yoga, arts and crafts from The Scrap Exchange, disc golf, geocaching and nature walks. Also, photo and art contest winners will be announced.
The Carolina Raptor Center will bring several birds to display.
Green products will be for sale, and paper shredding will be available at the event.
For more information on the festival, visit www.vivaverdeearthfest.wordpress.com.