Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Rochester’s annual Arbor Day Celebration will be held this Friday.

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Rochester Public Utilities is hosting the event at Three Links-Silver Lake Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free community event will feature a variety of activities including a tree giveaway (while supplies last), a free lunch, live music, and tree experts on hand to answer questions on tree planting and care, along with many other vendor activities.

Children will be able to enjoy an apple toss game, tree cookie stacking, tree ring toss, tree medallion necklaces, and much more.

At noon, an awards ceremony will honor Rochester elementary school students who were selected as finalists of the 2022 Arbor Day poster contest, as well as this year’s overall winner, Jia-Xin Fan, a 4th grader at Gibbs Elementary.

Jia-Xin will receive a $100 ABC & Toy Zone gift card, her winning poster will be featured in RPU’s 2023 calendar, and a tree will be planted in her honor at Gibbs Elementary School. This year’s poster contest theme was “Trees Are Terrific and They Keep Our Water Clean!”

RPU line crews will also be partnering with Rochester Parks & Recreation on a tree planting for The Right Tree in the Right Place program on Thursday, May 5. This is an annual event to plant the proper type of boulevard trees in different neighborhoods in Rochester.

In the event of rain, the celebration will be moved to Rochester Community & Technical College’s Field House.

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