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In this file photo from April 2013, Oregon State University junior Katherine Benson, left, and freshman Lloyd Lewins help plant onions in the OSU Organic Growers Club Student Farm during the 2013 HooHaa. The event is the club's annual Earth Day celebration. (Amanda Cowan | Corvallis Gazette-Times file photo)

If it’s Earth Day, it must be time for the Hoo Haa.

The Oregon State University Organic Growers Club will mark the environmental movement’s signature holiday on Tuesday with its annual celebration for all who love to play in the dirt.

The free outdoor extravaganza takes place from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the club’s farm, east of the Trysting Tree Golf Course off Highway 34.

Hoo Haa traditions include pitching in to plant onions or till garden beds (bring your own turning fork), visits with baby chicks, face-painting, disc golf and information booths.

Free food is also traditional, and this year’s menu features baked potatoes with all the fixings and ice cream (bring your own bowl and eating utensils).

And there will be live music as well. This year’s performers will include Ronjon and Friends, the Farmstand String Band and Emily Love.

Free shuttle buses run every 15 minutes from the OSU Beaver Store, 663 S.W. 26th St.

If you’re riding your bike, turn left from 34 onto Electric Road, follow it to the end and make a right, then turn right again at the next bend and keep going until you get there.

You could drive there the same way, but there’s very little parking space and all the Earth Day purists may look down on you.

Reporter Bennett Hall can be contacted at 541-758-9529 or


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