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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Hugh MacRae Park was packed Saturday with people celebrating our planet. The theme of this year’s Earth Day Festival was “CLEAR THE AIR”. Folks who attended were informed on the impact their lives have on our community and environment.

The importance of Sulfur Dioxide omissions and non-attainment were the focus of the festival. The Earth Day Alliance says they thought it was a good opportunity to bring attention to an extremely important issue in Wilmington.

Event organizer Shannon Culpepper says she hopes the 22nd Annual Earth Day Festival has educated the public and allowed them to have a little fun in the process.

“We hope they learn what’s happening right where they are,” Culpepper said. “You might hear general things about air quality, but we have a specific display talking about New Hanover County air quality so you know how it affects you directly.”

Culpepper says because the event was free, it is hard to gauge exactly how many people attended but she thinks the number is somewhere in the thousands. She says this year’s event is one of the most successful the Earth Day Alliance has seen yet.

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