York City goes green for Earth Day

Christopher Dornblaser

On Saturday, Yorkers braved the rain to go green as part of Downtown Inc's Go Green in the City event.

Sarah Guyer, left, of York City, looks at onesies dyed by Tiffnay Morgan, of Love Peace and Dye, during Go Green Day in York City, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Vendors and booths lined North Beaver Street and North Pershing Street between West Philadelphia Street and East Market Street for the day, which is meant to celebrate Earth Day.

Those attending could check out handmade items, buy plants or get some general "go green" information from vendors while live music played beside the White Rose Bar and Grill.

Some of the younger attendants had a chance to pet lambs at one of the booths.

"I think it's grown every year," Stacy McClain, marketing and events coordinator for Downtown Inc, said.

Danielle and Justin Carroll, of Springettsbury Township, push their daughter Ella Carroll, 1, in her stroller as rain drizzles down during Go Green Day in York City, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Event: The event was filled with people, some just checking in and others there specifically for the event.

McClain said the day usually draws about 5,500 to 6,000 people.

Robert Heberlig and Brittney Ruppert, of Spring Garden Township, were there with their German shepherd.

Heberlig said it was their first time at the event, which was in its ninth year.

"It's pretty cool that they're doing something downtown," he said.

Heberlig said he liked what some of the vendors were selling.

"There seems to be a lot of people with handmade stuff, and that's cool," he said.

Handmade items were what Ruppert said she was looking for.

Tammy Barnaba, center, of Spring Grove, makes fizzies with her daughters Eilley, 5, left, and Maddie, 6, at Sunrise Soap Company during Go Green Day in York City, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Opportunities: Among those walking around the event Saturday was Michael Helfrich, York City Council president and mayoral candidate.

"I think it's really important that our kids in the city get an opportunity to see the animals," he said. Helfrich said many York City kids don't typically get the opportunity to see the animals presented at the event.

"It's great to open up that experience," he said.

McClain said Saturday's event was good for city residents.

York City resident and activist John Beck was there as part of Animal Advocates of South Central PA. He said many people stopping by their booth that day seemed open to talking about veganism and the environment.

"I'm really, really happy (the event is) happening," Beck said. "It shows there's some progression."

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.