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Mother Earth News launches hands-on sustainable-living fairs
Largest environmental publication partners with leading green events producer to develop series of consumer events

TOPEKA, Kan. (April 19, 2010) — To celebrate her 40th birthday, Mother is coming to visit!

Mother Earth News, the largest and longest-running publication about green lifestyles, has teamed up with eco-events producer Seven-Star Inc. to launch a series of Mother Earth News Fairs.

The first Mother Earth News Fair will be held Sept. 25-26 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, an hour southeast of Pittsburgh. The magazine plans to roll out additional fairs across the country in 2011.

“These fairs will provide practical knowledge — something lacking at most consumer events — plus create a sense of community among attendees and unite these values-driven consumers with helpful resources,” says Bryan Welch, publisher and editorial director of Mother Earth News.

Mother Earth News will direct programming and marketing for the Mother Earth News Fair. Seven-Star will handle event production services, including sponsorship and vendor sales, on-site staffing, recycling and other greening duties.

“Seven-Star brings the same passion and expertise to green events that Mother Earth News does to the educational side, making this a perfect partnership,” says Georgia Malki, president of Seven-Star.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort, an Ogden Publications sister company, was selected as the inaugural host of the Mother Earth News Fair based on its environmental stewardship, resource management and environmental protection practices.

The Mother Earth News Fair will cover organic gardening, renewable energy, small-scale livestock, green building and remodeling, do-it-yourself projects, real food, natural health, green transportation and related topics. Mother Earth News staff will lead the sessions, as well as editors from sister publications Grit, Natural Home, The Herb Companion and Utne Reader, and other leaders in green and rural living.

In addition to workshops, the Fair will host family-friendly activities, musical entertainment, vendor demonstrations, a green shopping pavilion, and local and organic food. Attendees also can purchase discounted lodging and activity packages through Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

About Mother Earth News
Mother Earth News (www.MotherEarthNews.com) is the Original Guide to Living Wisely. Topics include organic gardening, do-it-yourself projects, cutting energy costs, using renewable energy, green home building and rural living.

About Ogden Publications Inc.
Ogden Publications Inc. (www.OgdenPubs.com) is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Natural Home, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division.

About Seven-Star Inc.
Seven-Star Inc. (www.sevenstarevents.com) is a woman-owned company based in Asheville, N.C., specializing in designing and producing sustainability events across the country. Clients include Green Festivals, Green America Business Conference, Mother Earth News Fairs, EcoFair360, EcoFair Marin and Green Cities.

About Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Seven Springs Mountain Resort (www.7springs.com), located in Seven Springs, Pa., is the perfect place for family vacations that create lifelong memories. Each year the family-friendly resort hosts more than 1 million overnight and day guests who enjoy a vacation that includes the finest skiing, snowboarding and golf that Pennsylvania has to offer, the exhilaration of sporting clays, and the luxurious Trillium Spa. 

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