About 8,000 people came out Sunday for the annual Earth Day celebration at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority, the agency said.

The ACUA’s event is the largest Earth Day celebration in South Jersey, the agency said.

The free event included live demonstrations, environment-themed entertainment, workshops and more than 150 exhibitors.

Sponsors included Atlantic City Electric and South Jersey Gas, ACUA President Rick Dovey said in a news release.

“This year’s Earth Day takes on a new significance in light of changes at the federal level. Becoming active locally is one of the best ways for your voice to be heard," Dovey said. "ACUA’s event is the perfect entry point for anyone who believes the time to get involved is now."

Participants included the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, St. Francis Avian Rehab Center, the Atlantic City Aquarium, Sustainable Jersey, Cape Atlantic Conservation District, Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association, the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Woodford Cedar Run, the American Littoral Society, Sustainable Jersey Hub, Sea Turtle Recovery, state Division of Fish and Wildlife, Pinelands Preservation Alliance and the state Department of Agriculture.

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