Arbor Day was first celebrated in 1872 in Nebraska City, Neb., through the efforts of J. Sterling Morton. More than 1 million trees were planted on that day in Nebraska.
In 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation was formed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Arbor Day and to carry on the mission of the tree-planters’ holiday. Today, more than 3,300 cities are honored as Tree City USA communities, including Hailey, which celebrates Arbor Day with gusto.
On Saturday May 10, Hop Porter Park will be the site of Hailey’s third annual ArborFest, offering expert advice from local arborists, free tree seedlings and a visit from Smokey Bear.
All events are free and open to the public.
This year’s events begin at 11 a.m. with the Wood River Bicycle Coalition’s Fun Ride out Croy Canyon and lessons in forest education from U.S. Forest Service education coordinator Susan Kranz.
The morning will also feature face-painting and a bouncy forest for kids, as well as food and drink from local vendors. At noon, an Arbor Day proclamation will be made by local officials, followed by a ceremonial tree-planting.
The ArborFest Mud Run begins at 1:30 p.m., regardless of the weather, with categories for all ages and abilities. The race features many obstacles, including mud crawls. Warming tents and washing areas will be provided for contestants.
Registration for the Mud Run begins at 11 a.m. For more information about ArborFest events, contact Pat Bowton at the Hailey Chamber of Commerce at 788-3484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.