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

Mother Earth News Fair transforms Seven Springs Mountain Resort into sustainable living showcase

SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa. (Sept. 9, 2013) — What do heirloom tomatoes, DIY solar panel demonstrations and spinning wheels have in common?
They’re just a few of the activities attendees can experience at the 4th annual Mother Earth News Fair, taking place Sept. 20-22 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, 777 Waterwheel Drive. The Fair runs noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Fairgoers can participate in these activities throughout the weekend:

Live Poultry Processing: Organic farmer Daniel Salatin and Featherman Equipment’s David Schafer will show how to slaughter chickens humanely, safely and efficiently, regardless of the number of birds to be processed. 9:30 – 11 a.m. Sunday only

Solar Panel Building: Don and Dan Adams from Earthineer will conduct a solar panel build throughout the weekend. Attendees will see the process from framing, to tabbing, to encapsulation, and can ask questions.

Heirloom Tomato Tasting: Southern Exposure Seed Exchange will host an heirloom vegetable and fruit tasting for attendees to try heirloom tomato and pepper varieties, plus melons, apples, roasted garlic and more. Attendees can also bring their own varieties to share.

Alternative Energy Vehicle Show: DIY, high-mileage vehicle designers, builders and drivers will display their cars and answer questions about ownership, operation and more.

Stock a Frugal, Self-Sufficient Pantry: Lisa Kivirist shows how to save money while always having what you need by buying in bulk, organizing the pantry and making several staples.

Learn to Hand-Spin and Weave: Carol Ann Rak will demonstrate how to prepare fiber for spinning, hand-spin different fibers into yarn using drop spindles and spinning wheels, and hand-weave on a rigid heddle and four-harness loom.

“Self-sufficiency can save money and our natural resources. We want to give our attendees the tools to explore a range of sustainable living possibilities up close, to see what works for them,” says Andrew Perkins, the Fair’s director.

In addition, the Fair will offer more than 240 hands-on workshops on organic gardening, cooking and food preservation, renewable energy, homesteading, small-scale livestock, green building, natural health, green transportation, and related topics. Local and national experts will lead the sessions.

Attendees can also find a medicinal herb display, children’s activities, vendor and livestock demonstrations, a green shopping pavilion, and local and organic food options.

Adult tickets cost $25 for a weekend pass or $18 for a one-day pass in advance, or $35 and $25, respectively, at the gate. Children 17 and under get in free. To purchase advance tickets, go to or call toll-free 800-234-3368.

Mother Earth News Fair sponsors include BAO Food and Drink,  Botanical Interests, Brinsea, CeCe Caldwell’s Paints, Central Boiler, Coconut Bliss, Earthineer, Envirolet, Meyer Hatchery, Mother Mabel’s, Nature’s Flavors, Purina, Theo Chocolate and Villa de Alpacas.

About Mother Earth News
Mother 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 Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Seven Springs Mountain Resort, 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 one million overnight and day guests. Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland and Washington, D.C., Seven Springs is easily accessible from either exit 91 or 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. 

For more information on Seven Springs and the year-round lodging, dining and activity options the resort offers visit or call (800) 452-2223.

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