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Organizations and Vendors Can Still Sign Up for ‘Earth Day Celebration’

April 20th Event Growing at Great Bend Zoo

Great Bend Earth Day Celebration looks to be growing in its third year with more vendor participation expected this year. The event is scheduled form 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 20 at Great Bend Zoo. Already, there are 10 vendors signed up to participate in the local event, organized to commemorate the worldwide Earth Day effort that raises awareness of the need to protect Earth’s natural resources.

The Great Bend Zoo, Rosewood ECycle and Great Bend Dairy Queen are sponsoring, and invite other organizations and businesses to participate in the celebration. There is no charge for booth set-up. Any group promoting conservation, or providing children’s entertainment and education is encouraged to join.

Great Bend Earth Day Celebration participants stop at Rosewood's booth to plant a tomato seed and to learn aoubt Rosewood ECycle during last year's local Earth Day event at Great Bend Zoo. We helped dozens of children start their very own tomato plant, and handed out Rosewood ECycle sports packs that included an Earth Day coloring page and crayons. We also got to talk to people about our 24-hour Rosewood ECycle drop-off location for old electronics at 2200 Main, Great Bend.

Several organizations that participated the previous two years have committed to the local come-and-go celebration, which occurs two days ahead of the official 54th anniversary of Earth Day. In addition to involvement by the three sponsors, Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Heartland Farm, Great Bend Zoological Society, Women For Kansas, along with ‘Read With Me’ program members Luna and Glenn, are participating again. Smoky Hills PBS is also returning, and plans to bring a special PBS Character once again. An appearance by Curious George two years ago brought a record 1,600 participants to Great Bend Earth Day Celebration.

Barton Community College STEM Club, with an expected appearance by Bart The Cougar, is a new addition to this year’s event. Also participating for the first time is Sunflower Recycling Center, and Face Painting will be available at this year’s event.

“We’re really glad to have our returning vendors back, but also excited to add new vendors this year, which provides more diverse activities for the children,” explained Burdick. “With the expected participation of Bart The Cougar and the return of Smoky Hills PBS with one of its characters, this year stands to be a memorable event for children and families. I’m pleased with how Great Bend Earth Day Celebration has grown so much in only a few years.”

As the third annual event draws closer, Burdick encourages other businesses, organizations and food vendors to sign up prior to the April 1 deadline. Those wanting to participate can contact Burdick at 620-793-4226, or e-mail her at

In case of inclement weather, the Zoo will also offer indoor or covered vendor space.


Click on link for Great Bend Earth Day Celebration flier,

For more information, contact Ashley Burdick, Great Bend Zoo Curator,, 620-793-4226

March 7, 2024
Story by: Michael Dawes, director of PR, Rosewood Services, 620-792-2536,