Oak Cliff Earth Day 2014

20140412_151909I was partially devastated a couple of weekends ago when the Deep Ellum Arts Festival was practically rained out. I still attended the event despite the rain, but I didn’t stay as long as I would have liked and missed the portion of the festival I had most looked forward to – the pet parade.

Luckily I found out about the Oak Cliff Earth Day and learned that they had a “Mutt Strut” competition. I must admit I was a bit bummed that it wasn’t a parade so much as a contest, but I was excited to attend anyway, plus I knew my dog Pierre would have a blast.

The event was huge! Not only was the location (Lake Cliff Park) ideal, but the weather couldn’t have been more gorgeous. It was a perfect sunny, spring day! Tons of local businesses set up tents, food trucks showed up, and there was even a petting zoo.

One shop owner I was happy to meet was Shelley Travell from Dylan & Co. This local (Deep Ellum) store produces soy candles and organic body products such as soaps and lip balms. Some of their candles burn for 70+ hours, and once you’ve burned your candle down, you can return the container for a 10% discount on your next order! I’m definitely excited to make my first trip there.

After perusing several tents, letting Pierre sniff some of the petting zoo animals, and coming close to adopting a cocker spaniel…I headed over to the stage where the Mutt Strut was to take place. There weren’t many contestants, but what the show lacked in quantity, it made up for in quality. There were definitely some cute pooches, and I am glad I didn’t have to be a judge. First prize went to a black Pomeranian sporting a green shirt to show Earth Day pride. Overall it was a good show and the lady who emceed was pretty hilarious!

At one point between checking out the tents and watching the Mutt Strut, I took a sit down break on the bench. I overheard a passerby say about the event, “I’m just marveling at such a diverse crowd!” I shared the same thought in that moment, and for that reason I plan to attend again next year. I truly enjoyed getting to explore a part of Dallas where I don’t normally venture, and learn about businesses and organizations with which I’m not familiar. I hope that Oak Cliff continues to produce events like this in the future.

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Did you attend Oak Cliff Earth Day this year? Share your experience in the comments! 

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