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9th Annual Arbor Day Celebration to be held on April 29

9th Annual Arbor Day Celebration to be held on April 29

Public Invited to Celebrate Arbor Day.


ROCHESTER, MN— Rochester Public Utilities (RPU), Maier Forest and Tree and Rochester Park and Recreation will host the 9th annual Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 29 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Central Park in downtown Rochester, MN. 


The fun and free community event will feature a variety of activities and displays that will include: A tree giveaway- over 3,000 trees will be handed out from RPU, Maier Forest and Tree, Sargent’s Gardens and Peoples Cooperative Services. A free lunch of hot dogs, corn on the cob, chips, and soda will be provided (while supplies last), along with live music from Paul Mayasich with Benderheads.  Tree experts will be on hand to answer questions on tree planting and care, information on rain barrels and composting will be available, along with other vendor displays. 


Children will be able to enjoy Smokey Bear, balloonists, a scavenger hunt, bean bag toss and much more! 


At noon, an awards ceremony will honor the Rochester elementary school student that won this year’s Arbor Day poster contest.  This year’s theme was, “Trees are Terrific in All Shapes and Sizes.”  Nathan Eberhart, a second grader at Churchill Elementary, was the grand prize poster contest winner. Nathan will receive a $100 U.S. savings bond, his winning poster will be featured in 2011 advertising, and a tree will be planted in his honor at Churchill Elementary School. 


Other sponsors and participants in the Arbor Day event include Hy-Vee, Jim Whiting Nursery and Garden Center, MN Department of Natural Resources, MN Energy, Olmsted County Public Works, Olmsted Soil & Water Conservation District, RNeighborWoods, Rochester Public Works, Seneca Foods Corporation, Zumbro Watershed Partnership, and Zumbro Valley Audubon.


In the event of rain, the celebration will be moved to Graham Arena 3 at Rochester Graham Park.


About Rochester Public Utilities


As the municipal utility of Rochester, Minn., for more than 110 years, RPU provides high-quality and reliable electricity to over 47,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 36,000.  RPU continually investigates innovative technologies to help customers realize the best value from the services they receive.  Current initiatives include fuel cell research, wind power, and photovoltaic offerings.