By Alicia Lacy

Fort Hood Herald

To keep the green Army green, Fort Hood will host its annual Earth Fest celebration Friday for the community.

Earth Fest offers a day filled with entertainment, food, activities and demonstrations on how to be environmentally friendly.

Events include performances throughout the day, free food provided by USO Fort Hood, free beverages, a farmer's market, fuel-efficient vehicles and inflatables.

A 300-by-100-foot tent will be set up inside Hood Stadium with more than 35 exhibits to display information on recycling, renewable energy resources, endangered species, natural resources, water conservation and other environmental topics, Christine Luciano, Fort Hood Department of Public Works Environmental Division's outreach coordinator, said in an e-mail.

Oncor's Smart Texas Mobile Experience Center, a 53-foot trailer, will be onsite to show videos and demonstrations for attendees to learn about energy conservation.

Fort Hood's U.S. Army Operational Test Command will present a display on eco-friendly fuel cells, with experts on hand to explain how fuel cells work and its potential for fueling Army equipment.

Performers at the event include Boomer, Rose Boom, Brazos Stone, Pandemonium, Maren Morris and Radney Foster. Game 2U Mobile will have the latest Xbox, Playstation 3 and Wii video games available for attendees to play on six high-definition televisions.

Zoomagination will bring a two-toed sloth, a wallaby, bearded dragon, snake, parrot and creepy crawlies to the fest for its zoo show.

Earth Fest reinforces Fort Hood's commitment to being green, and at last year's event, the post signed a memorandum of understanding with Killeen, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights and Gatesville to form the Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Partnership.

From that partnership, the communities involved have worked to develop long-term goals that "provide a high quality of life, insure material resources, promote sustainable development and land use, create efficient transportation systems and enhance economic development," according to information from Fort Hood.

The Fort Hood Recycle Center boasts as the largest recycle facility in the Army, selling more than 10 million pounds on recyclable material in 2009 that generated $1.3 million, Luciano said.

For more information about Earth Fest, call (254) 535-1008 or e-mail Luciano at

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