HIGH POINT, N.C., April 22, 2015 – A festival of local food vendors, environmentally friendly businesses and wildlife took over the Hayworth Park at High Point University today for an Earth Day celebration.
Hundreds of students enjoyed food produced by area businesses such as Carolina Corn Roasters, Big Boss Bakery, Miss Jenny’s Pickles and My Three Sons Gourmet Pimento Cheese. Organizations like Bixby Honey Farm brought a portable bee aviary to campus to display the importance of honey bees to the environment. And rescue groups brought dogs and other animals to interact with students.
“I often bring my dogs to campus,” said Barbara Mahnke, who works for Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue. “They love the attention, and I know the students miss their dogs at home. We’re here to raise awareness about rescues and provide canine companionship for the students.”
“I love that we are able to bring bees to campus and let everyone realize how important honey bees are,” said Barron Church from Bixby Honey Farm. “Thirty-three percent of all the food we eat has to be pollenated, and the honeybee is a major pollinator that we have.”
A special guest for Earth Day was Twiggy the water skiing squirrel. She water skied through Hayworth Park as bystanders watched in awe. Twiggy has performed since 1979 traveling across the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, France and Germany. She has appeared in numerous books, magazines, newspapers and on television shows all over the world.
“It’s a great thing that HPU honors Earth Day,” said HPU senior Mallory Drummond. “This event gives HPU students a chance to appreciate locally sourced products and businesses.”