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Everything you need to know about VVEF 2012!




On Saturday, April 14, 2012, the City of Concord will partner with the City of Kannapolis and Cabarrus County to host the third annual Viva Verde Earth Fest. The event, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m at North Cabarrus Park, offers something for everyone. Here are a few things to note before you head to the park!


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The limited parking inside the park is reserved for vendors and event staff. Please park across the street from the park entrance in the Parking Area, located at the Church of God Home for Children. Signage and event staff will guide you in. While you’re in the parking lot, please take advantage of the following opportunities:
Gas Cap Check
Volunteers from the Catawba College Center for the Environment will conduct a free gas cap check. 30 gallons of gasoline and about 200 pounds of evaporative emissions can be released every year from one leaking gas cap, creating air pollution and wasting fuel. If you want to participate, your gas cap will be checked and replaced, free of charge, if leaking, while you enjoy the event. Simply notify volunteer staff as you enter the parking area.

Reuse Roundup!

At the Reuse Roundup, charitable organizations and local businesses will collect unwanted items from the public that can be reused, including:
Plant Swap
It’s free and easy! Look for signs to help you find the plant swap, which operates on a “bring a plant, take a plant” basis.

Book Swap

It’s also free & easy! Just like the plant swap, look for signs for the book swap so you can “bring a book, take a book!” 

Perscription medication disposal

The Kannapolis Police Department will be on site to collect prescription medications for safe disposal.

Recycling Stations


Various items will be collected for recycling in the parking lot, including:
  • Shredding and recycling will be available for:
    • paper
    • hard drives
    • SIM cards
    • memory cards
    • portable storage devices
    • CDs and DVDs
    • cell phones
    • USB drives
    • tapes
  • Recycling will also be available for:
    • all types of batteries
    • photo film
    • disposable cameras
    • plastic bags
    • ink and toner cartridges
    • cell phones,
    • compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs),


Take advantage of the totally accessible Viva Verde Shuttle! Stops include:
  • VVEF Parking area at the Church of God Home for Children
  • Viva Verde Earth Fest inside North Cabarrus Park
  • Piedmont Farmers Market, location of the Herb and Plant Festival
  • Rider Transit Center for a tour Cabarrus County’s first LEED-eligible government building!


Once you are inside the park, there is something for everyone! Be sure to check out the following: 

Information Booth

Stop by the Information Booth to have all your Viva Verde questions answered. You can also find a park map and buy a Viva Verde Earth Fest T-shirt!

Register to win a free iPad!

To highlight the importance of reuse, VVEF organizers will award an Apple Certified Refurbished 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi to one lucky winner who registers for the drawing at the event.

Live Music!

Viva Verde Earth Fest boasts some great local bands this year. Check them out online before you come, just click the band names below! The Toter Stage will be located across the pond, in front of the Dogwood Shelter.  Feel free to bring blankets, towels, or lawn chairs so you can sit and enjoy the music.   It’ll be easy to find…just follow your ears!

(click the links to find sample music)

10:00 a.m.

Ang Medlin

11:00 a.m.

Time Sawyer

12:00 p.m.

Baylor Drive

1:00 p.m.

Tater Family Traveling Circus

2:00 p.m.

Lyndsay Wojcik



Educational, business, and government vendor booths will be set up inside the park, in the inner parking lot. Come by the vendor area for fun, learning, and even a little shopping!

Kids’ Activities

Beholdance, a local “by kids, for kids” service organization will provide games, face painting, and crafts for children.

Trashed Studio

Trashed Studio, a local business, will be on-site providing the opportunity for people of all ages to make cool art from recycled materials.


Join the exciting world of high tech treasure hunting. Bring your own GPS or use one from park staff. We will find several caches hidden in the park and get tips on using your GPS, proper etiquette, and more. All ages can participate. Geocaching happens every 30 minutes at the Magnolia Shelter (near the park restrooms), beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Greenway Nature ID Walks

Join one of the guided nature walks for all ages. Cabarrus County Parks and Recreation staff will point out and help visitors identify plants and wildlife. Nature walks happen every hour, begin at the Magnolia Shelter (near the park restrooms), and start at 10:30 a.m.

Free Photo Contest

The VVEF Free Photo Contest is open to everyone, professional or amateur level. There is a student division and an open division. Open-division grand prize winner receives $250, and Student-division grand prize winner receives a digital camera. Category winners in both divisions get $50. Deadline for entry is April 4. Finalists are chosen by “likes” on the Viva Verde Earth Fest Facebook page, and will be displayed at Viva Verde Earth Fest!

Student Recycled Art Contest

The Viva Verde Earth Fest Recycled Art Contest is open to all Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City School, home school and private school students. The contest has only two rules: 
  1. Entries must be constructed of materials that are acceptable in a curbside recycle bin (acceptable list is provided to each school); and
  2. Entries must be no larger than 2ft x 2ft at the base.
The first level of judging occurs at the school level, with a winner chosen from each of the following grade level categories:
  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12
School level winners are judged at the administrative office level. The final judging will be done by the Viva Verde Earth Fest Committee. Final contestants for each grade level category will be awarded re-furbished laptop computers, courtesy of Powerhouse Recycling. Winning entries will be on display and prizes will be awarded at Viva Verde Earth Fest!
We hope to see you there!  For more information, email Mandy Smith-Thompson or call 704-920-5379.