• 2019 FAIR WEEKEND WRISTBAND; ASHEVILLE, NC

    All 2019 FAIR weekend wristband pre-orders will receive a wristband for the North Carolina FAIR, April 27-28, 2019. Weekend wristbands includes access to all exhibits and workshop presentations for both days. Weekend wristbands do not include access to Hands-On workshops. A separate ticket is required for Hands-On workshops.

    Pre-order your wristband and save! A weekend wristband at the gate is $30. Children 17 and under get in FREE and do not need a wristband! All weekend wristband pre-orders placed before April 15, 2019, include a 20% coupon for the Fair bookstore!

    A fun-filled sustainable lifestyle event, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR is packed with hands-on workshops and demonstrations on renewable energy, small-scale farming, homesteading, natural health, organic gardening and more! Come enjoy delicious food, family entertainment and a vast marketplace.

    Wristbands will begin ship closer to the date of the FAIR. Please save your order confirmation! This is your receipt and you can use it to exchange for wristbands at the entrance should you lose or forget your wristbands. Orders placed after April 15, 2019, will be required to show order confirmation at the entrance.

    Please note: All FAIR pass sales are final and non-refundable. No pets allowed other than certified service animals.

    Item: 9178
  • 2019 FAIR WEEKEND PASS PACKAGE; ASHEVILLE, NC - MOST POPULAR!

    OUR MOST POPULAR OPTION!

    The weekend pass package includes two weekend wristband passes for the North Carolina FAIR, April 27-28, 2019, plus the complete MOTHER EARTH NEWS Archive USB 1970-2018: Classic Edition (a $109.95 value!). Weekend wristbands includes access to all exhibits and workshop presentations for both days. Weekend wristbands do not include access to Hands-On workshops. A separate ticket is required for Hands-On workshops.

    Children 17 and under get in FREE and do not need a wristband! All weekend pass packages ordered before April 15, 2019, include a 20% coupon for the Fair bookstore!

    A fun-filled sustainable lifestyle event, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR is packed with hands-on workshops and demonstrations on renewable energy, small-scale farming, homesteading, natural health, organic gardening and more! Come enjoy delicious food, family entertainment and a vast marketplace.

    Wristbands will begin ship closer to the date of the FAIR. Please save your order confirmation! This is your receipt and you can use it to exchange for wristbands at the entrance should you lose or forget your wristbands. Orders placed after April 15, 2019, will be required to show order confirmation at the entrance.

    Please note: All FAIR pass sales are final and non-refundable. No pet allowed other than certified service animals.

    Item: 9179
  • 2019 FAIR SATURDAY WRISTBAND PASS; ASHEVILLE, NC

    All 2019 FAIR adult entry pre-orders for this item will receive a single day wristband for the North Carolina FAIR, April 27-28, 2019. This single day wristband includes access to all exhibits and workshop presentations for that day. Single day wristbands do not include access to Hands-On workshops. A separate ticket is required for Hands-On workshops.

    Pre-order your wristband and save! A single day wristband at the gate is $25. Children 17 and under get in FREE and do not need a wristband!

    A fun-filled sustainable lifestyle event, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR is packed with hands-on workshops and demonstrations on renewable energy, small-scale farming, homesteading, natural health, organic gardening and more! Come enjoy delicious food, family entertainment and a vast marketplace.

    Wristbands will begin ship closer to the date of the FAIR. Please save your order confirmation! This is your receipt and you can use it to exchange for wristbands at the entrance should you lose or forget your wristbands. Orders placed after April 15, 2019, will be required to show order confirmation at the entrance.

    Please note: All FAIR pass sales are final and non-refundable. No pets allowed other than certified service animals.

    Item: 9176
  • 2019 FAIR SUNDAY WRISTBAND PASS; ASHEVILLE, NC

    All 2019 FAIR adult entry pre-orders for this item will receive a single day wristband for the North Carolina FAIR, April 27-28, 2019. This single day wristband includes access to all exhibits and workshop presentations for that day. Single day wristbands do not include access to Hands-On workshops. A separate ticket is required for Hands-On workshops.

    Pre-order your wristband and save! A single day wristband at the gate is $25. Children 17 and under get in FREE and do not need a wristband!

    A fun-filled sustainable lifestyle event, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR is packed with hands-on workshops and demonstrations on renewable energy, small-scale farming, homesteading, natural health, organic gardening and more! Come enjoy delicious food, family entertainment and a vast marketplace.

    Wristbands will begin ship closer to the date of the FAIR. Please save your order confirmation! This is your receipt and you can use it to exchange for wristbands at the entrance should you lose or forget your wristbands. Orders placed after April 15, 2019, will be required to show order confirmation at the entrance.

    Please note: All FAIR pass sales are final and non-refundable. No pets allowed other than certified service animals.

    Item: 9177
  • 2019 FAIR PREFERRED SEATING PASS; ASHEVILLE, NC

    All 2019 FAIR Preferred Seating Pass orders will receive a ticket for the North Carolina Fair on April 27-28, 2019. The ticket is exchangeable for a lanyard at the entrance. Preferred Seating lanyards includes access to all exhibits and workshop presentations for both days (a separate wristband is not required). Preferred Seating Weekend lanyards do not include access to Hands-On workshops. A separate ticket is required for Hands-On workshops. With the Preferred Seating Weekend lanyard you will have access to seating in the front rows of all workshop areas.

    Preferred Seating lanyards are limited and are available by advance purchase only. Children 17 and under get in FREE and do not need a wristband. However, a Preferred Seating lanyard is required to access the front rows of the workshops. All weekend wristband pre-orders placed before April 15, 2019, include a 20% coupon for the Fair bookstore!

    A fun-filled sustainable lifestyle event, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR is packed with hands-on workshops and demonstrations on renewable energy, small-scale farming, homesteading, natural health, organic gardening and more! Come enjoy delicious food, family entertainment and a vast marketplace.

    Wristbands will begin ship closer to the date of the FAIR. Please save your order confirmation! This is your receipt and you can use it to exchange for wristbands at the entrance should you lose or forget your wristbands. Orders placed after April 15, 2019, will be required to show order confirmation at the entrance.

    Please note: All FAIR pass sales are final and non-refundable. No pets allowed other than certified service animals.

    Item: 9180
  • 2019 FAIR PARKING PASS; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Note: The location for permit parking at the 2019 North Carolina FAIR has changed from previous years. NO PARKING will be available at Gate #1 on Fanning Bridge Road. 

    Special permit parking for the Asheville, N.C., Fair, April 27-28, 2019. A limited number of parking spots will be available by permit only inside the perimeter fencing of the WNC Agricultural Center, just south of the FAIR. These spots are closer to the FAIR than the general parking lot.

    These hang-tag permits will be mailed in advance of the Fair. It is required that the permit be hanging in clear view from your rearview mirror when entering Gate #6 off Boylston Hwy/Airport Rd. Please preorder your FAIR wristbands and have them on and ready to be checked when entering the gate. Children 17 and under get in free and do not require a wristband. All other traffic will be directed to general parking.

    Directions: Westbound and Eastbound traffic on I-26: Take Exit 40 and turn south onto Airport Rd. In approximately 2 miles turn left at Gate #6 of the WNC Ag Center.


    Last year’s parking permits sold out fast! Order today!

    Item: 9224
  • 2019 FAIR EXTENDED: GRAZING: ANIMALS, FENCES AND STRATEGIES; ASHEVILLE, N.C.

    Grazing: Animals, fences, and strategies with Shawn & Beth Dougherty

    Saturday, April 27 10:00-1:00 p.m.

    Note: Extended workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learna new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Take home all you need to know to start grazing right away! Wherever you are and whatever your experience level, there's a ruminant to match your land and your budget. Learn about different fencing systems and strategies, portable water systems, pasture plants, and how to plan, set up, and move paddocks. Find out how to manage seasonal variations, multiple species grazing, and dairy and meat animals. Shawn and Beth Dougherty, authors of The Independent Farmstead, share their twenty-plus years of experience in grass and livestock management to help you overcome your grazing challenges.

    A ticket is required to participate in select Hands-On workshops. Space is limited. To guarantee your spot we recommend ordering an advance pass. A small number of passes will be available to purchase at the event.

    Limited to 60 participants. All extended workshops are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9430
  • 2019 FAIR EXTENDED: HEMP 101; ASHEVILLE, N.C.

    Hemp 101 with Franny & Jeff Tacy

    Saturday, April 27 2:00-5:00 p.m.

    Note: Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learna new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Start your hemp journey with husband and wife duo Franny and Jeff Tacy! They will walk you through everything from getting your hemp-growing permit all the way through taking your hemp products to market. Pick up tips on everything from growing to harvest to processing during this extended workshop.

    A ticket is required to participate in extended workshops. Space is limited. To guarantee your spot we recommend ordering an advance pass. A small number of passes will be available to purchase at the event.

    Limited to 60 participants. All extended workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9454
  • 2019 FAIR EXTENDED: MUSHROOM CULTIVATION; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Mushroom Cultivation for Everyone with Tradd Cotter

    Sunday, April 28 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Note: Extended workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    If you think growing mushrooms is too complicated, here’s your chance to see how easy and rewarding it can be. This workshop will get you growing, and you’ll leave understanding the best ways to cultivate delicious mushrooms at home or on your farm. You’ll learn about inexpensive start-up options for beginners, and many commercial ideas to expand on.

    This class will energize your efforts and maximize your production! Topics include: life cycle of fungi; mushroom behavior and intuitive growing; choosing, buying, and storing spawn; woodland mushroom farming (logs, wood chips, and composts); indoor production (small and large scale); converting existing structures into grow rooms (barns, chicken houses, storage containers); marketing your mushrooms (trends, demand, strategies); organic pest management; alternative product development (powders, extracts, composts).

    Limited to 60 participants. All extended workshops are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9373
  • 2019 FAIR EXTENDED: OFF-GRID SOLAR; ASHEVILLE, N.C.

    Installing an Off-Grid Solar Power System with Jeff Yago

    Sunday, April 28 2:00-5:00 p.m.

    Note: Extended workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learna new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    This hands-on class is ideal for those planning to live off grid, anyone wanting to install their own battery power system, and Preppers wanting electrical power long after a grid down or EMP event. Attendees will be given hands-own instruction using actual name brand solar inverters, charge controllers, and batteries, plus class participation in learning basic D.C wiring and wiring safety for solar arrays and battery banks. Some basic knowledge of electrical terms and hand tools will be helpful, but this introductory solar class will be limited to working with low-voltage D.C. power systems and appliances. PLUS get a copy of Jeff Yago's book Lights On with the purchase of a hands-on pass to this class.

    A ticket is required to participate in select Hands-On workshops. Space is limited. To guarantee your spot we recommend ordering an advance pass. A small number of passes will be available to purchase at the event.

    Limited to 60 participants. All extended workshops are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9432
  • 2019 FAIR EXTENDED: TRIANGLE LOOM WEAVING; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Triangle Loom Weaving with Les and Patty Fuller

    Friday, April 26 1:00-5:00 p.m.

    Note: Extended workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Weave along with artisans Les and Patty Fuller of Poplar Hill Alpacas & Studio in this introductory-level workshop. This basic weaving style is fun, creative, easy, and quick! The process is simple to learn and suitable for weaving beginners. All materials will be provided, including the loom, so you can make dozens of other projects from the comfort of your home after the FAIR. Each participant will make a one-of-a-kind work of art, completing a beautiful fashion scarf. Recommended for ages 15 and up.

    Limited to 12 participants. All extended workshops are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9388
  • 2019 FAIR EXTENDED: WHOLE HOG BUTCHERY; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Whole Hog Butchery with Meredith Leigh

    Sunday, April 28 2:00-5:00 p.m.

    Note: Extended workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Learn how to butcher and hone your skills as you break down a half hog with a partner. (Please note, the $250 registration price for this workshop is for one participant. Parties of one will be randomly paired with another participant at the start of the workshop.) As we go we will also discuss snout-to-tail cooking, what makes quality meat, knife holds and knife care, slaughter practices, and value-added processing. Leave with your head full of knowledge and your hands full of delicious cuts of meat!

    Limited to 8 participants. All extended workshops are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9374
  • 2019 FAIR HANDS-ON: ALL-NATURAL DEODORANT; ASHEVILLE, NC

    All-Natural Deodorant with Kimberlee Bastien

    Saturday, April 27 10:00-11:00 a.m.

    Note: Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Avoid the chemicals, synthetic fragrances, and other questionable additives in most commercial deodorants. Learn to make (and take home!) your own using inexpensive, all-natural ingredients.

    Limited to 60 participants. All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9369
  • 2019 FAIR HANDS-ON: DEMYSTIFYING MISO; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Hands-On: Demystifying Miso with Kirsten Shockey

    Saturday, April 27 5:00-6:00 p.m.

    Note: Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    This “top-shelf” ferment is the basis of so much flavor and some pretty mind-boggling health benefits. In this hands-on workshop, Kirsten Shockey talks about why miso is so incredible, why it develops so much flavor, and how to make it. Leave with a jar of your own miso along with the skills to make more at home.

    Limited to 40 participants. All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9371
  • 2019 FAIR HANDS-ON: HAND-STITCHING LEATHER; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Hand-Stitching Leather with Dennis Biswell

    Saturday, April 27 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Note: Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Learn three leather stitches – blanket, saddle, and whip stitch – and the times when each is used. Participants will receive a kit that includes the leather pieces to make a 4-inch-by-6-inch pouch, needles, artificial sinew, and instruction on how to sew the pouch together using the three stitches.

    Limited to 40 participants. All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9370
  • 2019 FAIR HANDS-ON: KNIFE SHARPENING; ASHEVILLE, N.C.

    Knife Sharpening with Jonathon LeValley

    Saturday, April 27 3:30-4:30 p.m.

    Note: Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn a new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Learn the basics of wet stone knife sharpening from tool expert Jonathon LeValley. LeValley spends hundreds of hours each year researching and testing tools and is ready to show you how to avoid the pitfalls of unnecessary equipment and cut through the myths surrounding establishing and maintaining an edge. Participants will be provided with an intentionally dull knife that is theirs to keep. Under careful and rigorous instruction they'll leave with a knife that has been freshly and professionally sharpened by their own two hands. Participants will also be given the option to purchase the sharpening stone and oil they used at the end of the workshop at an exclusive discounted price.

    A ticket is required to participate in select Hands-On workshops. Space is limited. To guarantee your spot we recommend ordering an advance pass. A small number of passes will be available to purchase at the event.

    Limited to 25 participants. All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9440
  • 2019 FAIR HANDS-ON: MEAD MAGIC; ASHEVILLE, N.C.

    Mead Magic with Christy Hemenway

    Sunday April 28, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

    Note: Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Spend an hour getting the gist of how honey, yeast and water combine to produce that magical elixir known as mead.

    In this hands-on workshop, Christy Hemenway will show you what it takes to make mead, and how the process works. You can make delicious mead at home with very little specialized equipment. Make a few bottles or scale it up to bigger batches and supply your friends and family with your own signature product! Participants will make a batch of mead to take home with them.

    Limited to 60 participants. All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9431
  • 2019 FAIR HANDS-ON: NATURAL BEAUTY FROM THE GARDEN; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Natural Beauty from the Garden with Janice Cox

    Sunday, April 28 11:30-12:30 p.m.

    Note: Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Plants make us happy, healthy, and beautiful. Learn to plant your own healthy skin care container garden full of useful herbs and flowers that can be made into body care products such as shampoos, toners, lotions, and bath products. Get caught up on seed-starting basics and create your own Earth-friendly pots using recycled newspaper. Discuss DIY beauty basics and make a fresh parsley toner, lavender hair rinse, and herbal bath salts to take home!

    Limited to 60 participants. All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9372
  • 2019 FAIR HANDS-ON: SOAPMAKING; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Hands-On: Grandma's Soap for the 21st Century with Becky Johnson

    Friday, April 26 11:00-12:00 p.m.

    Note: Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Cold processed lye soap has always been a fundamental for any homestead. Come learn how easy and versatile you can make it through this hands-on workshop. Becky Johnson will walk you through the thousands of ways you can create your own "clean" masterpiece. Learn the basics of making your own soap using a simple recipe and leave with the confidence, new knowledge and your very own loaf of soap that you will be able to bring home at the end of the FAIR.

    Limited to 18 participants. All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9456

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