THE CAUSE

What is Village Vibes Music Festival?

The Village Vibes Music Festival is a collaborative event between the environmental non-profit, Keep Vinton Beautiful, the Village of Vinton, Texas, and other great community partners like you. The 2nd Annual Village Vibes Music Festival hopes to attract approximately 4,000 guests to Dr. Applegate Park for a day filled with live music, food trucks, vendors, and a family entertainment area. The Village Vibes Music Festival was created as a fundraiser for Vinton’s first community garden and learning center located on 4 acres of Dr. Applegate’s property in the heart of Vinton. The community garden will address Vinton resident’s lack of access to fresh, locally sourced produce – as well as provide economic opportunity for local farmers and an educational resource for local residents and elementary students.

Why was Village Vibes Music Festival created?

Despite the robust agricultural community that surrounds Vinton, residents live in a food desert where fresh, affordable, nutritious food is difficult to obtain without access to a vehicle. In addition to raising much needed funds to support the community garden and learning center, the Village Vibes Music Festival aims to build public awareness of the importance of establishing a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Our hope is to create an event that brings Vinton residents and the surrounding Paso del Norte community together for an experience that fuses music, culture and community outreach.

Who is Keep Vinton Beautiful?

Keep Vinton Beautiful was established in 2007 by the Vinton City Council to educate and motivate citizens to take responsibility for improving their community and environment. Keep Vinton Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful and provides support for activities and programs in Vinton, Westway, Canutillo, and Anthony through an all volunteer board, financial donations from area businesses and general funds from the Village of Vinton.

Keep Vinton Beautiful has received numerous awards and recognitions for its volunteers and partner organizations.

• 2017 - 3rd place Governor’s Community Achievement Award
• 2016, 2015 & 2012 - 2nd place Governor’s Community Achievement Award
• 2014 - 2016 - Sustained Excellence Award
• 2015 - Government Organization of the Year, Public Works Department
• 2009 & 2013 - EcoWise: Senator Shapleigh Pride Award, Organization of the Year

Who is Dr. Applegate?

Dr. Howard George Applegate was a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil Engineering at UTEP,1970 B.S., M.S., Colorado State University; Ph.D., Michigan State University. He was credited with one of the first major studies to call attention to the state of air quality along the U.S.- Mexico border. Until his passing in 2001, Dr. Applegate was a resident of Vinton for 30 years and served as a city councilman. Dr. Applegate’s passion for education, the environment and his community lives on through the selection of his former home site as the location of Vinton’s first community garden and learning center.