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Dirt Day signals start of spring

Event returns for another year after it was rained out in 2018

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WAKE FOREST — A year after inclement weather spoiled the afternoon’s festivities, Dirt Day will return on Saturday, April 6 to unofficially bring in the spring season.

Dirt Day is an annual day of celebration for area residents to commemorate the warmer weather in historic downtown Wake Forest.

Hosted by Wake Forest Downtown Inc., Dirt Day will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in downtown and feature 50 activities, vendors and food trucks.

Dawn Nakash, chair of Wake Forest Downtown Inc., co-chairs the event with Angela Jamison, a downtown business owner. Nakash said she is hoping for better weather this year considering all of the activities on the docket for people to enjoy. In 2017, Dirty Day attracted more than 5,000 people to South White Street, which is closed to traffic during the event.

“Our beautiful downtown is the backdrop to this event where individuals and families can explore ideas and buy products that help keep them active outdoors,” Nakash said.

There will be an outdoor community street festival for all ages, and children can play in the sand, plant herbs and explore trucks from S.T. Wooten Corporation. While the kids are occupied, adults can learn about gardening techniques and peruse outdoor clothes and chat with vendors.

“Our tagline is get up, get out and get dirty,” Nakash said.

Music, dancing and delectable food from downtown restaurants and food trucks will be served up, and those looking for exercise can take fitness and yoga classes.

In addition, the Urban Forestry Board is hosting a tree seedling giveaway, where town staff and volunteers will hand out 800 dogwood and redbud seedlings in seedling bags to interested green thumbs. Volunteers will also answer questions, discuss tree care practices, and demonstrate mulching and pruning strategies.

“There is basically something for everyone, it is very family-friendly,” Nakash said.

For more information about Dirt Day, visit wakeforestdowntown.com/dirtday or facebook.com/wakeforestdowntown.

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