York City ready to Go Green with 10th annual event

Maria Yohn
York Dispatch
Maya Williams, 6, of Spring Garden, dances near the bubble machine outside of Sunrise Soap Company Saturday April 23, 2016, as part of Go Green in the City. Amanda J. Cain photo

The 10th annual Go Green in the City event will be returning to York City on Saturday, April 21.

Every year, thousands attend the annual event, hosted by Downtown Inc, to celebrate  "healthy, local and green living," according to a news release.

The festival will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on North Beaver Street, North Pershing Avenue, West Clark Avenue and surrounding areas, and it will feature more than 50 street vendors.

"Go Green in the City celebrates green living, and this year offers an opportunity to translate the spirit of the festival into direct action,” Silas Chamberlin, CEO of Downtown Inc, said in the news release.

“We invite everyone to enjoy Go Green in the City and consider ways they can experience Downtown York in a green way, including participating in the Clean and Green Challenge, shopping at our environmentally friendly shops, dining on farm-to-table fare or simply joining friends for a walk on the York County Heritage Rail Trail," he said.

Hundreds of people walk down North Beaver Street on Saturday, April 23, 2016, as part of Go Green in the City. North Beaver Street has been designated a "Great Street" by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Planning Association. Amanda J. Cain photo

Local crafts and food: As usual, the festival will showcase a wide array of artisan crafts and locally sourced food, but this year food trucks also will participate, including Forno Bova and Mad Dash. Z Wild Vegans and the COB vegan bakery will be on hand to provide for vegan customers.

Returning vendors will include the PA Fudge Co., EPIC Pickles, Sonnewald Natural Food and York Fresh Food Farms. Live music will be provided by Groovatine, Dead White Men, Free Breakfast and Nick DiSanto.

WITF will host a Go Green Kids Zone, and there will be live animals in downtown York.

Volunteers enjoy a beautiful Saturday afternoon, while watching kids in the Petting Zoo, as part of Go Green in the City. Amanda J. Cain photo

Clean and Green challenge: New this year is a Clean and Green challenge hosted by York XL, in which teams of 10 will compete against each other to photograph, tag and clean up trash around the city.

The participants will upload their pictures to the social media app Litterati, which will provide a publicly accessible map of where the trash was located as well as data that will be provided to York College for further research.

More:'Clean and Green' challenge will be held during this year's Go Green celebration

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Free shedding event: A free shredding event will return to Lafayette Plaza for the second year. Hosted by state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York City, the purpose of the event is provide an opportunity for all residents of the 95th House District to destroy papers with confidential information in the hopes of reducing identity theft.

It will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the corner of Pershing Avenue and Philadelphia Street, according to the release. 

A shredding truck will be available at the site, according to Bronley Martin, director of outreach for Hill-Evans.

"They can watch it being shredded right in front of them," Martin said.

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In the spirit of the event, all of the paper will be recycled, he said. The representative only asks that people who wish to participate bring a canned food donation for the York County Food Bank, Martin said.

Go Green in the City is presented by the White Rose Credit Union and is supported by WITF, White Rose Bar and Grill, the Cultural Alliance of York, Downtown York merchants and Downtown Inc.

Rylan Brent, 2, of Dover, plays in the kids zone Saturday, April 23, 2016, as part of Go Green in the City. Amanda J. Cain photo

After the event: Children who attend the Go Green event are invited to "hop on the YMCA's van" to participate in the Healthy Kids Day at the York YMCA, according to the release. 

Free youth and family activities will be offered, such as an inflatable obstacle course, a jump rope challenge and an indoor obstacle course. The event will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information, visit www.DowntownYorkPA.com.