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EcoFest adds ‘Trash-N-Fashion’ to schedule

NEW PORT RICHEY — In less than two weeks, Pasco EcoFest will present dozens of green, sustainable activities for residents and visitors alike.

While the EcoFest art show this year was canceled, patrons can expect to see “living art” roaming Sims Park in downtown New Port Richey during the “Trash-N-Fashion Photo Shoot,” presented by Florida Modeling Network.

This portion of the event of 2103 Pasco EcoFest is an interactive activity for photographers and models interested in building their portfolios. Event-goers will be able to enjoy the sight of models dressed in costumes crafted from recycled materials. The photo shoot will take place from noon until 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in Peace Hall.

FMN is a community of artists involved in the entertainment industry that come together for the purpose of increasing community awareness and creativity. They organize and present two portfolio building events every month as well as one photo and art exhibit every three months. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to Pasco EcoFest and the Friends of the New Port Richey Library.

The fee for photographers is $55 at the gate, $43.50 in advance, or $75 for nonmembers. For female models, it is $5 at the gate, or free if they RSVP in advance, and $15 for nonmembers. For male models, it is $30 at the door, $23.50 in advance, or $40 for nonmembers.

Costumes are provided for models as well as hair, makeup and props. Models are encouraged to bring some props, accessories and shoes to personalize their appearance.

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Other than the photo shoot and kayak activities, as well as a suggested donation for kids spin art activities, EcoFest events are free and all are open to the public. The festivities focus on growing the local economy and culture in West Central Florida through hands-on education and experiences, including workshops and demonstrations in pallet gardening, soil blocking and green cleaning solutions.

The three-day event, scheduled for Nov. 8-10, also features star-gazing, geocaching, live music, kids’ activities, an eco-market, food trucks, hoop dancing, hiking, a volkswagon car show and more.

According to the press release, the 3-year-old Ecofest is “providing a great opportunity for families and eco adventurers from Florida and beyond to experience Pasco County’s beautiful natural assets and learn about the grass-roots sustainability movement that is changing the culture of Pasco County.”

“People are tired of not liking where they live,” said co-organizer Kacey Atkinson. “This is sustainability. You can move or you can make it better where you are.”

“The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence but that’s because you’re not fertilizing your side with organic fertilizer,” added co-organizer Lia Gallegos.

This year’s event is developed by Kira and Kacey Atkinson and Gallegos in partnership with the Pasco County Tourist Development Council and the city of New Port Richey.

The Atkinson twins were approached by Gallegos to organize the 2012 EcoFest because the original organizers, Pam Marron and Marj Golub, had their hands full with the Suncoast Arts fest and were hoping to pass on the responsibility of EcoFest to like-minded entrepreneurs.

“I told them it’s a really good opportunity and right in line with what you embrace,” Gallegos said.

The twins received bachelor’s degrees this year in environmental sustainability and policy from the University of South Florida.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for businesses and organizations, large and small that wish to get involved in enhancing the culture of West Pasco. The event managers are also seeking green businesses or businesses who offer green products and services to partner with for this event. Telephone Kacey at (727) 809-2306 or email to

For more details and a full schedule of events, visit

(727) 815-1067

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