Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Rochester’s annual Arbor Day Celebration takes place Friday from 11 am.-1pm.

It will be held at Three Links-Silver Lake Park,near the swimming pool.

Activities this year include a tree giveaway (while supplies last), a free lunch and live music. Rochester Public Utilities coordinates the event and says tree experts will also be on hand to answer questions on planting and care.  RPU says entertainment for kids will include Smokey Bear, balloonists, a scavenger hunt, temporary tattoos, bean bag toss, and more.

Last year's event attracted a few thousand adults and children.

An awards ceremony will be held at noon. It will honor Rochester elementary school students who were selected as finalists of the Arbor Day poster contest. This year’s contest winner is Nicole Yang, a 4th grader at Hoover. Besides winning a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card, her design will be featured in RPU’s 2018 calendar and a tree will be planted in her honor at her school.

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