Posted: Jun 14, 2010 9:40 AM by Laura Wilson
Updated: Jun 14, 2010 9:31 AM
CLINTON - The "Love Your Mother Earth" Festival wrapped up on Sunday in Clinton and organizers say they hope that festival-goers will leave with something that will last them far beyond this weekend's concert series.
The event started four years ago as a small and local music festival. But now, the Love Your Mother Earth Festival is drawing people in from all over the country.
"It was absolutely fabulous. I love the outdoors, it was really cool man," bass player Travi Soul said.
"I've never even been to a festival that's just this eclectic and colorful, and it's really awesome for me to come this far and see so many people," added Alaskan songwriter Britt Arnesen.
While most people come to hear music and visit the local vendors, organizers of the festival hope they will leave with a better understanding of how to "go green" in Montana.
"It's important for people to get any opportunity they can to learn about what they can do to leave less of an impact on the earth--to be a little more self reliant," explained volunteer Adam West.
The three-day festival is 90% waste-free, using recycled papers and bio-diesel fuel for both the generators, and event shuttle buses. Each year, the festivals organizers and volunteers take steps to make the event more environmentally conscious.
This year, volunteers set up recycling stations and sustainable living workshops as a way to teach people how easy it is to preserve the environment.
"I really like what the organizers are trying to do here and I think they have achieved it," Arnesen told us.
"It seems like every year, people come to this festival and they leave the place just like they found it," added Lyme Festival organizer Ben Nachman.
But the volunteers say there's still room for improvement for next year's event.
"I'd like to see more turn out at the workshops and have them make a special effort to focus on those educational opportunities," said West.
But for now, volunteers can celebrate another successful year of bringing Montanans together to support environmental conservation.
This year's festival featured over 50 different musical acts and many of them local Montana bands.