2nd annual EcoFestival at Rock Ledge Aug. 28

       Back for a second year, the Pikes Peak EcoFestival will again focus on ways to reduce human impacts on the environment Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.
       Including live bands, an alternative-fuel vehicle ride-and-drive, recycling opportunities, “eco conscious” exhibitors, classes, workshops, a kids' “bike rodeo,” a bike valet (secure place to park bicycles) and a beer garden, the event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a release states.
       Admission will be $4 a person (free for kids 12 and under), with a chance to get in free if you pay to recycle an electronic item you've brought.
       Proceeds will benefit the Rock Ledge Ranch Foundation. According to co-organizer/spokesperson Dianne Bertini, the event contributed about $2,000 for Rock Ledge in its “first annual” event last September.
       Sponsors include close to 20 local businesses, as well as (for the second straight year) the Governor's Energy Office (GEO) of the State of Colorado, contributing $500. Also listed as a sponsor is the City of Colorado Springs, the owner of Rock Ledge, which has not contributed money but is considered part of the festival “partnership,” Bertini said.
       The scheduled bands are Joe Uveges, Edith Makes a Paperchain, Trout Steak Revival and the Charlie Milo Trio.
       The time range for the alternative-fuel vehicle activity will be 2 to 4 p.m. in the Rock Ledge parking lot. According to the EcoFestival release, people can “test drive a Dodge Ram truck that runs on B20, Ford hybrid vehicles and other alternative fuel automobiles.”
       The kids' bike rodeo will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the release states.
       Exhibitor categories are listed as “Green Building and Home; Sustainable Agriculture; Eco Art, Fashion and Products; Alternative Transportation; Natural Health, Body and Family; Non-Profit; Renewable Energy; Green Businesses and Services; Spiritual; Government Agencies; and Education.” There will be nearly 40 exhibitors in all, the website shows.
       The recycling collection will consist of two types - a bin for “single stream” household recyclables (no charge) and a place to turn in electronic equipment (fees for certain items, including monitors).
       For more information, call 213-5001 or go to pikespeakecofestival.com.

Westside Pioneer/press release