‘EcoFest’ at Rock Ledge Ranch Sept. 26

       The Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will be the site of a new event called the Pikes Peak EcoFestival Saturday, Sept. 26.
       Slated from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event is “Southern Colorado's first-ever outdoor environmentally focused community festival,” a press release states.
       Admission is free, although a $3 donation is requested.
       The festival will include live music, gardening workshops, a small (organic) farmer's market, recycling collection, children's activities, and yoga and healthy movement classes.
       Proceeds after expenses will go to the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. The 230-acre, city-owned facility is off Gateway Road at 30th Street.
       “We hope it will be the first annual,” said organizer Dianne Bertini, who is organizing the EcoFestival through Viridian Focus, her local event-planning group. “I'd like it to get bigger and better every year.”
       Sponsors include several local businesses and the Governor's Energy Office (GEO) of the State of Colorado. According to Bertini, the GEO has given the EcoFestival a $500 sponsorship as part of the agency's website-stated goal “to support Colorado renewable energy and energy efficiency events and organizations.”
       Three amplified musical acts are scheduled - Joe Uveges (with K.J. Braithwaite and Jim Sokol), Muriel Shickman and Grant Sabin.
       A “bike valet” will reward people who ride bicycles to the event by parking them in a secured place and giving the owners a claim ticket. Other incentives for lower- energy transportation use will include prizes for people who get to the event by “human power” (e.g., walking, biking or skateboarding) and preferred parking spaces will be reserved for people who use motorbikes or scooters, Bertini said.
       More than 50 exhibits are planned, in such categories 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.”
       The workshops will be in the morning. At 1:30 p.m., local film-maker and anti-growth advocate Dave Gardner will present his documentary titled “Hooked on Growth.”
       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 vary).
       For more information, call 213-5001 or go to the website: PikesPeakEco Festival.com.

Westside Pioneer/press release