Now in its sixth year, the Newtown Earth Day Festival -- taking place this year on Saturday, April 27, from 10 am until 4 pm, at Newtown Middle School -- is slowly but surely increasing town awareness about being earth-friendly and community minded.
To help raise additional awareness, the group is launching a T-shirt design contest.
"We've had T-shirts at our festivals in the past," said Bill Buchler, a member of the Earth Day Festival committee, "but we wanted to get the community involved this year so we could get some fresh artwork ideas and generate some excitement."
The group plans to keep its well-known globe and tree logo designed by Rob Kaiser, putting it on the back of the T-shirt surrounded by logos of the festival's major sponsors (Aquarion Water, Iroquois, Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, Events Party & Tent Rental, The Newtown Bee, and Newtown Parks & Recreation). "This gives us the whole front of the T-shirt to place a great eye-catching piece of color artwork," said Mr Kaiser.
"We don't have a theme for this year's festival," said Earth Day Co-Chairman Dan Holmes, "but we would love to see artwork that touches on our mission of 'Awareness, Smiles, and Education.'"
To submit artwork for consideration, connect with the group's Facebook page. All submissions need to be posted by the evening of April 3 and will become the property of Newtown Earth Day Festival. The committee will pick a winner with that person or group having their design placed on the front of this year's shirt, and also awarded with four free shirts.
Funds raised through the sales of the T-shirts will help the group increase funding for its Newtown High School Green Scholarship.
"Making something tangible grow out of our efforts is very important to us," said Mr Holmes, "and creating our scholarship for NHS students attending college who are pursuing environmental, agricultural, or ecology studies is our way of paying it forward."
Over the last two years, the group has raised $3,000, which will currently cover one student for three years.
"Hopefully through this, increased sponsorships, our silent auction, and other efforts," said Co-Chairman Terrence Ford, "we can raise even more."
Visit the group's website, www.NewtownEarthDay.org, to learn more or to become a vendor at this year's festival.