Thousands Attend Earth Day in Balboa Park

For the first time the earth fair also included "canna village," made up of vendors in the cannabis industry

They recycled, conserved and educated in Balboa Park Sunday – all in honor of Earth Day. Thousands of tree huggers and terra firma lovers came together to celebrate the park’s 28th annual fair.

The event included cooking demonstrations, an arts and crafts show, children’s events and even a "canna village" made up of vendors in the cannabis industry. Automakers also got to show off the latest in energy efficient cars.

“We have to protect this earth,” Earth Day participant Kennee Moore told NBC 7. “This is where we live. You don't throw trash inside your home. Don't throw trash in the earth that we live.”

Government agencies and nonprofit groups hosted education booths to promote conservation during the fair, and the highlight of the event was the children’s parade.

“That's great to see so many people out here marching and so many young people out here marching, because it starts with them," another participant said. 

The Earth Fair in Balboa Park is the largest free environmental fair in the world, according to event organizers.

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