Celebrating, honoring the planet

By Erika Mahoney

Celebrating, honoring the planet

April 20, 2013 Updated Apr 21, 2013 at 10:11 AM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Community members gathered to celebrate our planet at Broome Community College.

Earth Fest is an annual event sponsored by Earth Day Southern Tier to celebrate Earth Day.

The event brings out a mix of community members and college students to learn about topics like energy efficiency.

Although it is one of the longest running celebrations in the nation, Saturday's event marked the first time it was held at BCC.

"The whole event is celebratory," Chris Burger, an Earth Fest organizer, said. "We're celebrating the beauty of the earth and we're emphasizing the importance of keeping the earth safe and healthy."

Earth Day Southern Tier partnered this year with the Ross Park Zoo and Roberson Museum.

A free trolley brought people to and from each location.

Earth Day is observed on Monday, April 22.