Dirt Day

The Town of Wake Forest and Downtown Wake Forest, Inc. are inviting area residents to “Get Up, Get Out and Get Dirty” during the Sixth Annual Dirt Day on Saturday, April 6. Promising something for the entire family, this popular springtime event is scheduled from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. – rain or shine - along South White Street in downtown Wake Forest.

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 take selfies with an alpaca, make crafts from recycled materials at the Scrap Exchange, interact with owls and other rescued wildlife, and even shop for bug lollipops.

In addition, come prepared to work out and try something new. A variety of exercise classes will be offered in Centennial Plaza in front of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Unwined on White will sponsor Adult Yoga at 10:15 a.m. and Family Yoga at 1:45 p.m., while Camp Gladiator will sponsor Boot Camp at 11:15 a.m.

Finally, the Urban Forestry Board (UFB) is offering Wake Forest residents added incentive to attend this year’s Dirt Day. For the first time, the UFB will host the popular Tree Seedling Giveaway as part of the “Get Up, Get Out and Get Dirty” festivities in downtown Wake Forest.

During Dirt Day, UFB members, Town staff and volunteers will distribute over 800 dogwood and redbud seedlings to area residents - while they last. Due to the popularity of the seedling giveaway, residents are encouraged to arrive at the start of the event – but no earlier than 9:45 a.m. due to traffic and event-related set up.

This year the tree seedlings will be distributed in seedling bags, so - unlike in previous years – the UFB is not advising attendees to bring their own reusable shopping tote or other environmentally-friendly bag. 

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 Tree Steward Program.

For more information about this year’s Tree Seedling Giveaway, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Tree Seedling Giveaway” or contact Urban Forestry Coordinator Luke Devores at ldevores@wakeforestnc.gov.

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 wakeforestnc.gov and search “Dirt Day” or contact Downtown Development Program Assistant Lynnette Beadle at lbeadle@wakeforestnc.gov.  

Dirt Day is a Wake Forest Outdoors event. To view a complete listing of Town-sponsored springtime events and activities, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Wake Forest Outdoors.”

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