UPDATE March 13, 2020: Dirt Day and the tree giveaway have been canceled, alongside other town events, due to concerns of coronavirus spreading at events.
List of Wake Forest, NC events that are now canceled — www.wakeforestnc.gov/covid-19-coronavirus/alerts-closures.
Original article on this event, as published prior to the cancellation, is below.
The Town of Wake Forest and Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. are inviting area residents to “Get Up, Get Out and Get Dirty” during the 7th-annual Dirt Day on Saturday, April 4, 2020, 10am-3pm.
Promising something for the entire family, this popular springtime event will be held, rain or shine, along South White Street in downtown Wake Forest, North Carolina.
Kids will have a blast planting seeds, painting rocks and exploring a variety of trucks from S. T. Wooten Corp., while adults will have the chance to learn about new techniques in gardening and composting, check out the latest in outdoor activity gear and visit with a variety of vendors offering an array of products and insight.
But that’s not all. Dirt Day participants can also view owls and other rescued wildlife, rub elbows with Master Gardeners, and witness our bubble artist create giant bubbles you’ll have to see to believe.
As an added bonus, the Urban Forestry Board (UFB) will host the popular Arbor Day Tree Seedling Giveaway in Centennial Plaza, 301 S Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC, as part of this year’s Dirt Day festivities. During the tree seedling giveaway, UFB members, Town staff and volunteers will distribute over 3,000 dogwood and redbud seedlings to area residents — while they last. Dirt Day begins at 10am, so anyone interested in obtaining free tree seedlings is encouraged to arrive at the start of the event — if not earlier.
In addition to distributing the tree seedlings, volunteers will be on hand to help residents decide which seedlings grow best in their respective yard conditions, demonstrate proper mulching and pruning techniques and discuss simple, yet effective tree care practices. Volunteers will also share information about the volunteer Tree Steward Program.
Offering music, dancing in the street, and culinary delights from downtown’s wonderful assortment of restaurants and food vendors, Dirt Day offers the perfect opportunity to shake off the winter blues and get involved with an outdoor group that shares your interests. For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/…/dirt-day or contact Downtown Development Program Assistant Lynnette Beadle via email.
Source: Bill Crabtree, Town of Wake Forest
Ed. Note: Originally published March 11, 2020. Updated with cancellation March 13.