3rd annual EcoFestival at Rock Ledge Aug. 27

       Fundraising again for Rock Ledge Ranch, the third annual Pikes Peak EcoFesti-val will bring its green message back to the historic site Saturday, Aug. 27.
       Most past activities will be back as well, including environmentally minded exhibitors (about 60 in all), live music, tumbling, recycling collection points (electronic and other), a kids bike rodeo, a “valet” for those who cycle in, food and a beer garden. A new activity this year will be a chance to participate in decorating recycling bins, EcoFest producer Dianne Bertini said.
       The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A donation of $4 per person is suggested. The ranch is off Gateway Road at 30th Street.
       The festival will have a slight geographic change this year, moving to the field near the ranch's Rock Ledge House. This will allow all the activities - except the recycling in the parking lot - to be in view of one another. “We loved that lawn, but the exhibitors felt separated” (by the big trees along the creek at the lawn's north end), Bertini explained. “This way, it will all be together and feel more comprehensive.”
       Music will be performed by the Djembe Cowboys, the Charlie Milo Trio and Mimi Hope.
       A presentation on regional recycling - focusing on the planned Bestway sorting facility and its commercial composting services - will be given by Alicia Archibald of Bestway. She will also discuss the trash audit at last year's EcoFest, in which she participated through the Recycling Coalition of Colorado Springs.
       Nearly $4,500 was raised for Rock Ledge Ranch at the first two EcoFests in 2009 and 2010, Bertini said.

Westside Pioneer/press release