After a beautiful morning at church we decided to grab our picnic lunch and head on over to Shelby Farms for the 2011 Down to Earth Festival. The afternoon weather was perfect for such an occasion.
We arrived, parked, and walked over to the tents where many activities were set up for all ages. The crowd was among the best I’ve seen yet. People of all ages had come together for a relaxing eventful day. We watched many dogs (even a tie-dye poodle) walking their owners and enjoying the fun-filled laughter of children all around them. Even the local cyclists hopped on their bikes to enjoy it all. It seemed everyone was out and about laughing and talking and enjoying the beautiful nature which surrounds us. A beautiful sight to me… seeing family and friends gathering together and enjoying the activities that the volunteers prepared for this event.
Shelby Farms never disappoints when it comes to specials events like this. Activities for children included kite flying, face painting, sand art jewelry, and bubble machines where the kids danced in the sway of bubbles. There was chalk play, “Magic Noodles” creations at the Mad Science table and much, much more for children. They had a few mascot characters such as Jabberblabber and clowns to entertain as well.
On the more adult side of the festival we listened to live music, learned about different soils, planting flowers, chicken care, and more! Representatives were on hand to talk about the city’s many bike trails, walking trails, and cyclist groups you can join. There were many tables educating the community on how to volunteer in the city as well as plenty of arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, local honey vendors, and much, much more. Those who know me understand this is one of my favorite things to do with a great afternoon.
Louis and I took our two little ones and a friend’s child for the afternoon and met up with another friend and his children. We all had a wonderful time! Many hours of fun were enjoyed by all. After wards we spent the rest of the afternoon at the beautiful new Woodland Discovery Playground that opened only days before. Finally, to end a great family and friends day, we all joined together and went out to a local pizza joint for dinner before going our separate ways. By the end of the day we were exhausted!
The park is a favorite spot for us. Activities we enjoy on a regular basis include walking, biking, festivals, picnic lunches, kite flying, rocket launching, frisbee playing, and much, much more!
We want to thank all of you who volunteered at Shelby Farms with their time, energy and efforts to put together this family fun-filled event. We look forward to seeing you all again enjoying the next festival! Bring your family and friends and plan to stay the day! You will not be disappointed!
If you are not in the Memphis, TN and surrounding areas I encourage you to locate your local state park. See what they have to offer. Participate in the events. USE your park so that funding continues to be available for those of us who truly love being out in nature.
Shelby Farms Park was founded in 1970 and has been established as a non-profit organization. At 4,500 acres, it is one of the largest and most beautiful urban parks in the country. Memphians and many surrounding Mid-Southerners find a relaxing refuge in the park’s vast, open vistas, lakes, and serene, wooded trails.
Down to Earth Festival at Shelby Farms Park is the region’s premier Earth Day celebration once a year, featuring live music, great food, a huge kids crafts and play zone, SkyFest kite festival, bicycle valet parking, environmental art, green exhibitors, demonstrations, park tours, guided hikes and much more! Admission is free, donation for parking is recommended