A local girl scout troop will host an Earth Day related event this weekend to raise money for future service projects.
Lake Point resident Rosie Maloney, co-leader of the 42-member Stansbury Park Girl Scout Troop 46, said the Earth Day Cookie Concert will take place at Deseret Peak Complex from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
The concert will feature a car show, a food vendor, Girl Scout cookies, carnival games, bounce houses, a silent auction and a variety of entertainment. Entertainers include a magician and hip-hop artist to street performers and singers.
“The fun part is that the event is going all day and it’s family fun,” said Maloney. “It will provide an environment for every age. We have guitarists, musicians, street performers, and even an 11-year-old yo-yo professional. We will also have 50 different carnival games taking place throughout the entire day.”
The car show will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., while the silent auction will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, Salt Lake City food vendor — Peace, Love and Barbecue — will be at the event. Throughout the day, raffle prizes will also be given away.
Maloney said some of the auction items and raffle prizes include VIP passes to the Castle of Chaos, Grizzlies tickets, Steadman’s jackets, gift certificates to stores and restaurants, date night packages and family fun packages.
The headlining artists, who will perform starting at 7 p.m., include Salt Lake City hip-hop artist C-Way and former American Idol contestant and Salt Lake City resident Mariah Richard.
“C-Way has traveled the nation with Afroman,” Maloney said. “He’s amazingly talented. It’s really good rap, but it’s clean. That was a big draw for us. I heard him and absolutely loved him. Mariah Richard was a former Girl Scout when she was younger, and now she’s been touring since American Idol.”
Although there will be dozens of activities for the community, Maloney said the real reason the troop is hosting the event is in the spirit of service.
Green Box Recycling of Tooele will be at the event accepting bags of crushed aluminum cans to recycle.
In addition to recycling cans, the troop will also collect flip-flops and other paired shoes to send to TerraCycle, a Trenton, N.J.-based recycling company that converts things like unwanted shoes into other usable products.
“They remanufacture recycled items and make them into new things,” said Maloney. “Flip flops are being used for fence lines, garbage cans, floor tiles and wall fixtures. The community can bring their paired shoes or flip-flops to be recycled.”
Those who bring a bag of cans or pair of shoes or flip-flops to recycle will get $1 off their admission.
Maloney said Girl Scouts from the Tooele County Service Unit will also be able to compete with each other by bringing cans to recycle.
“We’re doing a troop competition where all Girl Scouts in the area can compete,” she said. “Whichever troop brings in the most cans will be collecting all the money earned from recycling the cans to use for service projects.”
Maloney said the rest of the money earned during the event will go toward Troop 46’s community service projects and West Coast destination trip, which is scheduled for summer 2014.
“When the Girl Scouts get to age 11, they can be part of what we call destination,” Maloney said. “Part of the [Girl Scout] journey is finding a bigger cause than yourself. The Girl Scouts learn to reach out and branch out to other Girl Scouts. We found some troops on the west coast in Oregon, Washington and California, and we have a road trip and service project planned in each state with each Girl Scout troop along the way. There are two troops in each state. The girls will also be working on their badges along the way. The girls learn so much from branching out and understanding how big the world really is.”
Maloney said so far, about 16 Girl Scouts are planning on attending the trip, and troop leaders have determined the cost will be around $1,200 for each girl. The service projects in each state have not been determined yet, but the Girl Scouts are beginning pen pal relationships with the other troops so they can get to know each other.
“Right now we’re developing relationships,” Maloney said. “We’re building that bond so when we get there, they are already friends.”
Maloney said the troop hopes to earn $8,000 Saturday to put toward the destination trip.
Maloney said the reason the troop decided to host this event on Earth Day is because one of the major things Girl Scouts try to do is preserve the Earth.
“Earth Day is a big center of what Girl Scouts have been doing,” she said. “We’re centered on preserving the Earth and recycling and doing serving projects by giving back to the community. Having a service project incorporating recycling as part of the event seemed to be just perfect.”
Tickets for the event are $8 per person, $25 for a family for four or $35 for a family of five to eight and include bounce houses, sponsor booths and entertainment. Tickets for carnival games will be available at the event.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (435) 566-6000, or they can be purchased at the door the day of the event. Visit earthdaycookieconcert.weebly.com for more information.