Arbor is Latin for tree. Arbor Day is literally tree day - a holiday designed to promote planting and caring for trees in communities across the country.

Rochester Public Utilities is holding its annual Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, April 28th and this year's event will feature several fun activities, free food, live music, and local vendors. All of the info about this event which is scheduled for 11a-1p on Friday is posted below.

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This will be the 21st annual Arbor Day Celebration in Rochester. The event will take place at Silver Lake Park at 840 7th St NE.

Organizers will move the event to the Rochester Community and Technical College's Field House if there is bad weather. 

The video below shows last year's event and it looks like RPS busses students to the event which is great. If you have the chance to take your kids you should because it looks like a fun event with lots of activities and educational opportunities.

There will be FREE stuff!

Attendees will receive a free tree.

The Arbor Day Foundation distributes 10 million trees worldwide each year which creates so many benefits including oxygen production, reducing stormwater runoff, providing shade for us, and protection to birds and other animals.

More FREE stuff!

Guests will enjoy a free lunch of hot dogs, chips, corn on the cob, cookies, and soda.


Several giveaways are planned for the annual Arbor Day Celebration at Silver Lake Park in Rochester.

Activities include: 

Live Music

An appearance by Smokey The Bear

Chainsaw Carving by Steve Elliot

Games like Bean Bag Toss, Tree Ring Toss, and Bird Wheel of Fortune

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