Final I Love Market Harborough Festival a community celebration say organisers  

The fourth and final I Love Market Harborough Festival is taking place in the town on Saturday 1st July from 9am to 4pm.

The free event, which is run by Sustainable Harborough, will include activities for all ages such as bag making, growing a seed and face painting. There will be 23 organisations taking part in the day with a range of stalls around The Square plus the Harborough FM roadshow.

As this will be the last I Love Market Harborough Festival (due to the end of its five-year lottery funding cycle), the theme for this year’s festival is ‘We are Sustainable Harborough’. All the stalls will be joining in on the day to celebrate what has been achieved through all the projects initiated, coordinated and supported by Sustainable Harborough.

Community Project Officer Jo Sharman feels that the festival is a fitting way of marking Sustainable Harborough’s achievements so far and the role it has played in the community.

“The I Love Market Harborough Festival has always been a lot of fun and really encapsulates our values of involving the community and raising awareness of some important environmental issues in an accessible and practical way,“ explains Jo.

“We have had four very successful events since the inaugural festival in 2014. We hope that the sun shines for the final one and that people will come out and support the event as usual.”

The event will showcase the projects that have been launched during the funding and which aim to continue once the project has finished, including Community Gardens, Harborough Energy and the recently launched Taste Harborough, a local food and drink brand which aims to promote and support local food and drink businesses in the Harborough area.

Sustainable Harborough is a project of the RCC (Leicestershire and Rutland). RCC Director Sam Howlett comments: “The festival is a great way for members of the public to join in with activities and find out more about what has happened during the five-year funding as well as seeing what will continue once the project finishes.”

The festival also aims to raise awareness of environmental issues such as food provenance, energy saving and recycling, showing people practical ways of making simple changes in their everyday lives which can improve sustainability.

Sustainable Harborough is a five-year project funded through the Big Lottery Fund’s Communities Living Sustainably programme, working with householders, businesses and local producers to raise awareness of sustainability in the community. The organisation offers practical support to individuals and groups who want to reduce their carbon footprint and enhance the environment in which they live and work.

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