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Muddy Boot fest again celebrates everything green

SUSTAINABLE LIVING

On the weekend after Labor Day, the sixth annual 'Muddy Boot Organic Festival' - a three-day event that promotes sustainable living - hosted hundreds of visitors in Southeast Portland on the St. Philip Neri Catholic Church campus just north of S.E. Powell Boulevard, on Division Street.

The event kicked off with a keynote address on September 9th by Joel Makower, billed as 'The guru of green business practices'.

On the days that followed, attendees heard live music, sampled food and beverages, attended workshops, joined in panel discussions, enjoyed kids' activities, and spent time in an outdoor marketplace featuring local vendors and exhibitors.

'This year's theme is 'Health + Happiness: Sustaining Vibrant Communities',' explained the festival's director, Brooke Mittermann.

'We call it a 'soulful festival in sustainable living' - because it's put on by St. Philip Neri Parish,' Mittermann smiled. 'The most important thing is that this is an event that brings our community together. Whether it's listening to music, or visiting with some of the 70 local business vendors here, it's about connecting people.'

Under the hot September sun, there wasn't a muddy boot to be seen. 'It has been warm, but we can't complain; we have nice people, and nice weather. And, I have a wonderful committee of people helping me out. Altogether, about 200 volunteers are working at the festival.'

Her favorite part of it all, Mittermann said, 'Is seeing people enjoying themselves; it makes all the work worth it.'