Fort Campbell, KY – Campbell Crossing’s 2014 Earth Day event was a huge success over the weekend. With more than 350 Fort Campbell Soldiers and family members in attendance, the afternoon was full of exciting games and activities including fun crafts, face painting, educational booths, food from Whitt’s BBQ and more.
The event kicked off with the traditional tree dedication, led by Garrison Commander Col. David L. “Buck” Dellinger.During the dedication, members of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts were invited to help fill in the hole where the Tulip Poplar, the TN/ KY state tree, was planted at The Commons at Werner Park. Campbell Crossing was also excited to receive for the ninth consecutive year, the Tree City USA award, given by the Department of Forestry representative, Bruce Franklin, to Col. Dellinger on Saturday.
Residents also enjoyed a presentation from the Nashville Zoo’s Wildlife on Wheels, which included 3 surprise guests, a parrot, skunk and boa constrictor, who were presented by Jacqueline Menish and the education department from the Nashville Zoo. Not only did the Nashville Zoo stop by, but Snowbird and Lisa Spencer from WSMV Channel 4 Weather team also made a special visit to teach residents about severe weather.
With the theme of this year’s event being Upcycle and Recycle, residents were invited to participate in the Trash to Treasure and Recycle Relay competition. With Trash to Treasure, residents were able to take something deemed “useless” and turn it into something new and beautiful.
Three lucky winners were chosen. Grand prize winner, Staci Philippi, with her Kid’s Kitchen made out of old cabinets and furniture, took home a 32” flat screen TV. Second place was William Stombaugh, with a wine rack made from an old chicken coop, took home a set of DeWalt tools. Last, the third place winner was April Bartlett, with a children’s dress-up closet made from an old TV cabinet, which walked away with a Shark Sweep and Vac.
The second competition was the recycle relay where parent child pairs had to separate what was recyclable from trash. The three teams that participated in the first round, all walked away with an All-Weather Fujifilm Digital Camera. The three teams that participated in the second round took home a Canon PowerShot Digital Camera.
“Campbell Crossing’s Earth Day Celebration was a great success,” said Bethany Harrell, Community Service Manager for Campbell Crossing. “We had many different activities for the residents to do that include all aspects of preserving our Earth. The event was a little educational, but a whole lot of fun!”
Campbell Crossing would like to thank all those that came out and participated in this year’s event. Other participating vendors included: Sam’s Club, CH2MHill, CYSS, Austin Peay State University, Cultural Resources, Girl Scouts, Department of Forestry, Recycle Convenience Center, Department of Air Quality, TSCA, Spill World and the Fort Campbell Pet Clinic.