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Knoxville to host conservation celebration

6:22 PM, Apr 17, 2013   |    comments
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This fall, Knoxville will celebrate 100 years of conservation efforts.

Wednesday morning, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett hopped on board a 1914 Model-T and rode in style to the big announcement.

In October, Knoxville will be host to The Centennial Conservation Expo.

The city held a similar national event in 1913, to showcase the evolving conservation movement.  More than one million visitors from all over the world descended on the city.  The event highlighted issues like flooding, erosion, and modern day farming.
Guests included Booker T. Washington and Helen Keller.

Local leaders hope to draw another large crowd this fall.

"100 Years ago the city leaders and the people of this community knew that they needed to preserve our natural resources for future generations. They did it for us and now what this expo will do is remind all of us that we have to do our part and preserve it for the next 100 years," said Mayor Rogero.

The expo will be October 12 in Chilhowee Park.  It will highlight how the area has worked to preserve and protect our wildlife, air and water.

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