Mother Nature will surely feel the love on Saturday, April 20 as Clermont celebrates Earth Day with a lake clean-up and festival at Lake Hiawatha Preserve, 450 12th Street.

This year’s national theme is Planet VS Plastics and the local celebration of Mother Earth begins bright and early at 7:00 am with litter collection on the shores of Lake Minneola. Individuals and teams have until 10:30 am to collect trash and debris from the lake. Awards will be presented to the person or team that collects the most litter, recovers the weirdest object, and retrieves the heaviest single item. Earth Day was introduced in 1970 when students on about 2,000 college campuses picked a day to promote ecology and respect for the plant. In the 44 years since it has grown into an international awareness of environmental protection that is celebrated in nearly 200 countries.

The celebration continues until noon with multiple interactive activities to help increase awareness and educate people of all ages about the many ways to protect our environment. There will be music, vendors and free hot dogs served while supplies last. Eco, the fun-loving, earth-conscious frog, will also make a special appearance. Bring your family and friends, join in the fun, and help make a difference. For more information and a waiver to collect litter, visit or call 352-708-5951.

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