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Earth Day recognized Friday at Fort Benning with fair, music

As part of Earth Day, Fort Benning will hold a fair from 1-4:30 p.m. Friday on York Field.

Sponsored by the Directorate of Public Works, the event will feature games, exhibits and vendors on the parade field in front of McGinnis-Wickam Hall.

If you have old paints, thinners, cleaners, solvents and gasoline, the items will be collected free  from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for disposal.

Music will be provided by the MCoE rock band throughout the afternoon. There also will be a "SPIES" and "FRIES" demonstration by soldiers assigned to the Warrior Training Center at 3 p.m.

The event is free and parking is available.  

  Earth Day's anniversary is Sunday, recognizing the modern environmental movement. It was first celebrated in 1970. Gaylord Nelson, then a senator from Wisconsin, is credited with the idea for Earth Day. The day eventually led to the development of the Environmental Protection Agency and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.