The City of Conway will host its 2011 Arbor Day Celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday in Laurel Park.
More than 500 attended last year’s event, and several hundred trees were adopted.
Sponsored by the Conway Tree Board, the event is being underwritten by Conway Corporation, which donated $5,000 to the cause.
“As always, there will be lots of family-friendly fun and activities,” Tree Board member Ouida Wright said. “We’ll have the perennial favorites — bounce houses, free food, art display, crafts and prizes. Robin and Ken Stauffer will demonstrate how to create Garden Faery Houses using tree bark and other found treasures.”
Wright said the Arkansas Forestry Commission will also be on-hand to provide tree-related information and Smokey Bear will attend if he doesn’t have to fight a fire that day.
Musical performances are also slated throughout the event.
Conway Mayor Tab Townsell will recognize winners among the local elementary and intermediate school students participating in the Arbor Day Young Artists Award contest, and the students’ artwork will be on display. Following the celebration, the artwork will hang in City Hall during the holiday season and will be posted on the Tree Board’s website at www.conwaytrees.org.
Wright said the city will also receive the Tree City USA Growth Award during the celebration from District Forester Mike Cagle of the Arkansas Forestry Commission, in recognition of the Tree Board’s accomplishments during the past year.
Tree Board chair and Conway High School-West agriculture teacher Randy Romeo said his 10th- through 12th-grade students are currently working to inventory the trees that will be available for adoption to participants the day of the celebration.
For more information on the Arbor Day celebration or the Conway Tree Board, visit www.conwaytrees.org.