The Earth Day Expo has been canceled after weather forecasts predicted a stormy Saturday.
The annual environmental fair was set to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Bancfirst parking lot, but the expo board opted to cancel instead of shouldering the risk of holding the event outdoors. Ardmore Beautification Council Director Julie Maher said because the expo gives people a chance to dispose of recyclables, moving it indoors was not an option.
“This is only the second time in 21 years we’ve had to cancel,” Maher said. “Some years have been gorgeous, but the weather is the weather and we can’t do anything about it.”
The City of Ardmore has a drop-off center for recyclable material, but the location doesn’t accept electronics, prescription drugs or other items that could have been dropped off during the event.
“That’s why we try to bill this as a one-stop shop, but unfortunately that’s not going to happen,” Maher said.
Maher said the expo filled a specific need. People often wait months to dispose of large amounts of shredded paper, tires and other bulky, difficult to ditch recyclable material.
“I always get lots of calls about recycling and that’s why we have this big event every year,” Maher said. “We started working months in advance to plan this.”
She said the event might be rescheduled in the future, but no plans have been made yet.
“I’m hoping to,” Maher said. “It might be later in the summer, depending on when people are available.”