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Mother Earth News Fair

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Frequently Asked Questions


The MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR is a fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event featuring practical, hands-on demos and workshops. Learn about renewable energy, small-scale agriculture, livestock, gardening, green building, natural health and more. We also hand-select local and national exhibitors to bring you the best in organic food and drink, books and magazines, tools and seeds, green contractors, animal fibers, clothing and more.

How long has the FAIR been around?

The first MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR was held in Seven Springs, Pa., in September 2010. There are now six FAIRS held annually: North Carolina, Texas, Oregon, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Kansas.

Do I have to pay to attend workshops?

No, entrance to all workshops is included in the cost of your ticket.

Do I have to sign up to attend workshops?

No, but seating is first come, first served.

How can I get a good seat at the workshops?

Arrive early. Most stages have a 30-minute gap between workshops, so claim a spot as soon as the previous workshop ends. You can also purchase a VIP ticket, which entitles you to reserved seating at most stages, breakfast and lunch during the FAIR, a MOTHER EARTH NEWS T-shirt, and other perks.

Should I bring my kids with me to the FAIR?

Absolutely! Kids under the age of 18 get in free, and each FAIR hosts kids’ programming.

Can I drop off my kids at the kids’ stage?

No, children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. The kids’ stage is not a babysitting service.

Does it cost anything to bring my kids?

No! Children under the age of 18 get in free.

What forms of payment do you accept at the gate?

The FAIR accepts cash, checks, credit cards and debit cards.

Do you offer any discounts on tickets?

Yes! Sign up for the FAIR e-newsletter to find out when tickets go on sale.

If I purchase a weekend ticket, can I go one day and let a friend go the next day?

Sorry, no. Once you remove your wristband, it is void. Wristbands may not be shared.

I bought my ticket in advance. Do I have to wait in line to get into the FAIR?

If you received your ticket in the mail, you will have to wait in a short line to exchange your ticket for a wristband. If you purchased your ticket too late for us to mail it out, you will have to wait in the Will Call line to receive your wristband.

When will the FAIR schedule be available?

The workshop and demonstration schedules will be posted the week before each FAIR.

I want to help out. Can I volunteer at the FAIR?

Of course! Contact us to learn about what jobs are available and what perks you will receive.

Are cameras allowed at the FAIR?

Yes! However, please be respectful when taking pictures or recording video. If in doubt, ask permission.

Can I bring my own food and drinks to the FAIR?

Yes. Feel free to bring a reusable water bottle, snacks for people with dietary restrictions, etc. Please note that there are many meal and snack vendors at the FAIR for when you get hungry.

How can I exhibit at the FAIR?

Please visit our exhibitor information page for more information.

I have a suggestion for a workshop topic or presenter. Who should I contact?

Please contact the FAIR via this form and your question will go to the correct person.

Where is the FAIR located?

FAIR locations can be found on any page on the website.

What are the dates of the FAIR?

FAIR dates can be found on any page on the website.

What are the FAIR hours?

FAIR hours can be found on each individual FAIR location page.

How much does it cost to get in?

Please check our tickets page for current prices. All single day and weekend tickets are discounted if bought before the FAIR.

Can I camp at the FAIR location?

No, but there are several RV and camp grounds in the surrounding areas. More information about camping can be found on the individual FAIR location pages.

Are the Fairgrounds handicap-accessible?

Yes, the FAIR is handicap-accessible.

Where is the lost and found?

Lost and found is located at the information desk at each FAIR.

Does the FAIR offer a babysitting service?

Sorry, no. Please accompany your children at all times during the FAIR.

Can I bring my pet?

Sorry, the FAIR does not allow any animals except show animals and service animals.

What is the FAIR’s smoking policy?

Smoking is only allowed in designated areas.

The FAQ didn’t have the answer to my question. Who should I contact?

Please contact the FAIR via this form and your question will go to the correct person.