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A festival focused on environmental friendliness and local sustainability will bring vendors and music to downtown York City in April.

The eighth annual Go Green in the City festival will take place on the first blocks of North Pershing and North Beaver streets and the block of West Clarke Avenue that runs between them on Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Downtown Inc, which runs the event, anticipates about 4,000 to 4,500 people to come out for the event, which drew about the same last year, beating expectations, said Kristen Evans, the organization's events and marketing coordinator.

She said the event last year was more of an Earth Day festival of sorts, but the goal is a little different this year.

"More family friendly, and more of like an interactive street fair," she said of the event, which is presented by the White Rose Credit Union.

That means some animals, such as mini horses and mini donkeys, will be around to pet, she said. Evans said it also means that vendors who might otherwise just be selling their wares are also encouraged — via discount on their vendor fees — to make it a learning experience. For example, someone selling plants native to the area might also tell the public some history about them.

"They're selling stuff, but they’re also talking about the benefits of it," she said.

There will also be kid-centric activities such as face-painting, and the Market & Penn Farmer's Market a few blocks west at the corner of West Market and Penn streets will have a hay-bale maze.

Evans said there will also be food trucks and music in the White Rose Bar & Grill parking lot on North Beaver Street until 5 p.m. that day.

She said there's still some spots open for vendors; people have until March 28 to submit their applications, which can be found on the Downtown Inc website.

"I just think it’s a really great showcase of what’s local and what’s great," she said. It's all local, it’s all from our community."

— Reach Sean Cotter at scotter@yorkdispatch.com.

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