Andrew Perkins, event director: 785-274-4378,  
Brandy Ernzen, brand manager: 785-274-4304,   

Sustainable living event adds Midwestern location in October 

TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 23, 2013) — Want to grow and prepare your own food, raise backyard chickens, or use green materials for your next remodel?

Then mark your calendar to attend one of the 2013 Mother Earth News Fairs.  

Mother Earth News, the largest and longest-running publication about self-sufficient lifestyles, will hold its third annual Mother Earth News Fair June 1-2 at the Puyallup Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Wash. 

The Fair also will return Sept. 20-22 to Seven Springs Mountain Resort, outside of Pittsburgh. 

The event will make its way to the Midwest for the first time when it comes to Watson Park in downtown Lawrence, Kan., Oct. 12-13.  

“Many of our Midwestern readers asked for an event closer to home,” explains Andrew Perkins, the Fair’s director. “Lawrence offers a wonderful downtown location with locally owned restaurants and shops less than a block from the Fair.” 

At each event, more than 150 hands-on workshops will cover organic gardening, real food, renewable energy, small-scale livestock, green building and remodeling, DIY projects, natural health, green transportation, and related topics. Sustainable and rural lifestyle experts from across the country – and each local area – will lead the sessions. 

In addition to workshops, each Fair will host an heirloom seed display, children’s activities, vendor and livestock demonstrations, a green shopping pavilion, and local and organic food options.  

Until Jan. 31, tickets cost $15 for the weekend or $10 for a one-day pass. Tickets will increase to $20 and $15, respectively, Feb. 1 and will cost and $35 and $25 at the gate. Children 17 and under get in free. The event will offer a limited number of VIP tickets at each event. VIPs receive guaranteed seating at workshops, catered meals and other perks.  

To purchase tickets, inquire about exhibiting or check programming, visit or call toll-free 800-234-3368. 

About Mother Earth NewsMother Earth News (, the Original Guide to Living Wisely, covers organic gardening, cooking and food preservation, natural health, do-it-yourself projects, renewable energy, and all aspects of rural and urban homesteading.  

About Ogden Publications Inc. 
Ogden Publications Inc. ( is the leading information resource serving the sustainable lifestyle, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Mother Earth Living, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also produces environmentally friendly housewares through Natural Home Products LLC, and provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division. 

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