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Boomsday competes to go green

Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corp. wants to make Knoxville's annual Boomsday Festival more environmentally friendly with the help of a $50,000 grant.

Boomsday is competing nationally in the Pepsi Refresh Project, which awards grants to ideas Americans select in open online voting. The Boomsday Going Green proposal is in the category for "The Planet."

"This grant will help make recycling easier for festival-goers and keep Volunteer Landing and Neyland Drive clean and environmentally friendly," Rachael Oberman, director of community outreach at the Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation, said.

Goals are to increase awareness to the 400,000 people in attendance about being responsible and learning to recycle. Some plans for the grant money are to purchase recycle bins, recycle bin bags that are made from recycled material and encourage vendors to use eco-friendly products.

To learn more or to vote for the project, visit Boomsday's project entry.

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