What Do You Think About the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR?

| 9/24/2010 3:57:15 PM

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If you've come to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS site, flipped through the magazine pages, or visited us on Facebook or Twitter in recent weeks, you've most likely noticed that there's a MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in the works. In fact, it's this very weekend, Sept. 25 and 26. Depending on when you're reading this, you may be gearing up to head to Seven Springs Resort in Pennsylvania to check out the dozens of workshops and presentations we have lined up, or you may be just arriving home after a great weekend of homesteading fun. When you are back home, we'd love to know, what did you think of the Fair? What were your favorite experiences? If you didn't make it this year, keep in mind that we're hoping to do this again next year. If a MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR comes to your area, what would you most look forward to?

Until then, you can follow what's happening at our new FAIR blog, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

P.S. If you have photos from this year's FAIR, don't forget to post them at CU, our photo-sharing site. And if you blogged about it, let us know!

10/25/2010 11:03:32 AM

My husband and I attended on saturday and I was VERY disappointed in my first Mother Fair. Admission price was TOO much for what, as one comment said, was a home show. Admission for the PA home and garden show in Pittsburgh is not that much and you see more. And the crowds! OY!! The booths inside were miserable to try and navigate! So we gave up and didn't get to see half of them. But my biggest complaint is that EVERY seminar we wanted to attend was FULL! This was the entire reason we came, so we could talk to experienced people in the areas we are interested in learning more about.....I had spent 2 weeks marking the seminars I wanted to see. I was hugely excited for a few of them. We were both hugely disappointed in the fair overall. Everything from admission price to too little space and food quality. Even if you had far more people than was expected....It was still lacking. Pretty much the entire fair was a disappointment. The only thing I liked was that for my $20 admission, you also handed out MEN Fair guides and in the back are websites for most all of the exhibitors/speakers. I fear that the next time, I may just go to the internet for my information first and not even bother with coming to a MEN Fair. Please take all of these complaints, and suggestions to heart and make the next fair better, for us faithful MEN readers expected so much more from Mother Earth.

9/30/2010 4:30:18 PM

I attended on Saturday and was very disappointed with the Fair. The food was horrible and expensive - where's the local, organic, plant-based fare? I'm fairly local and this is tomato, corn, potato, squash overload time The site was poorly laid out, difficult to navigate, handicap accessibility disaster. That is not the right facility for that type / size and nature of gathering. But that probably has a lot to do with the relationship of 7 springs and Ogden publishing. If only more people know about the history of 7 springs management and the impact on the local jobs and management. Rooms crowded, speakers not audible, presenters unprepared - with excuses on not being familiar with the equipment, not used to presenting -Huh? I've been to many first time, inexperienced festivals and they blew MEN Fair away for charm, information delivery, local spirit, logistics, layout, idea sharing, innovation. You were in the state of PA Farm Show with sheep to shawl competitions and cow to ice cream demos. Why not adapt that to reflect Mother Earth News champion of sustainability? Love the yurt raising concept proposed elsewhere, produce processing. More games & Dialogue...where was the music? I thought there was supposed to me music? Volunteers I spoke to at the kids tent said the programming was weak, not big enough, not engaging. Signage was weak - small or non-existent. If you couldn't read a map, you were doomed. Best part was the weather and the $10 scrip.

Jason Brandenburg
9/30/2010 8:25:55 AM

Okay...here's my take on the Fair. I only drove 2 hours to get there and my hotel and tickets were a birthday gift. My parents also attended. Saying that, i would have been upset had i drove farther than that or paid for my stay. YOu should seriously consider on site camping next year. $20-$30 Buffets and horrible carnival stand. Please don't say that all the chicken on a stick was local, sustainably raised, organic chicken. It could have been! With all the lack of preperation you had plenty of time to contact local, quality poultry and vegetable producers and had them each raise X amount of additional flock/veggies. It could easily have been done withing a 100 mile radious. Local corn and potato boil?

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