The Sherman City Council recently issued a proclamation officially naming Saturday as Texoma Earth Day in the city to coincide with the Texoma Earth Day Festival.


Texoma Earth Day Festival Director Amy Hoffman-Shehan told the council this year’s event, which will be at Lucy Kidd-Key Park, will feature children’s activities, music, demonstrations, vendors, displays and a blood drive, as well as educational speeches and workshops.


“Our goal in the very beginning was to identify community partners that we could pull together to work together to create something for our community and bring about a sense of environmental awareness in Texoma,” Hoffman-Shehan said, noting in the first year, the event had 12 community partners and it now has more than 30. “They all provide a very valuable service to our community and to putting this festival together and making it successful.”


Sherman Mayor David Plyler presented Hoffman-Shehan with the city’s proclamation and said he’s looking forward to the festival.


“Local communities can do much to reverse environmental degradation and contribute to building a healthy society by addressing issues such as energy use, transportation, waste prevention and litter control,” Plyler read from the proclamation. “There are sound economic, environmental and social reasons for local governments to initiate energy efficiency and renewable energy practices. The Texoma Earth Day Festival will be held on April 22, 2017 on the Municipal Building Grounds and will feature programs and activities where ordinary people will learn practical things to improve the health of the planet and to enhance the community’s natural environment.”


Hoffman-Shehan said the event will also feature a wide variety of recycling and people don’t have to be Sherman residents to participate. More information on the festival can be found at http://www.earthdaytexoma.org.