With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.
Achieving Complete Self-Sufficiency
Many people are working toward a life of total self-sufficiency, but the road can be difficult and confusing. There are so many options and there is so much bad information that it boggles the mind. Additionally, there are many aspects of self-sufficiency (such as self-health care, personal fitness and transportation) that people overlook. Dan Chiras, one of the nation’s leading experts on self-sufficiency, outlines the key steps you must take to completely meet your family’s needs for energy, water, food, health care, income and transportation to thrive during major economic or ecological catastrophe or simply to forge a totally sustainable lifestyle.
Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east central Missouri, where he teaches workshops on a wide range of topics on self-sufficiency and sustainability. Chiras is also author of 32 books and several hundred articles on a wide range of topics, including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational and full of useful information.Order Your Passes Today! ×
Top 10 Homestead Hacks for Beginners
Are you looking to save time, money and your sanity as you embark on your homesteading journey? Expert Jessi Bloom coaches folks who are getting started, and she shares her top 10 tips, tricks and wisdom for anyone looking to make their life easier in the garden, on the farm and inside home!
Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals.Order Your Passes Today! ×
Extending the Season at Both Ends
Discover the latest ideas on greenhouses, high tunnels, low tunnels and root cellars.
Eliot Coleman became involved in organic farming in 1965 after reading Scott and Helen Nearing’s Living the Good Life. He now has 50 years of experience in field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of livestock, and range poultry. He has contributed chapters to three scientific books on organic agriculture and has written extensively on the subject since 1975.Order Your Passes Today! ×
30-Minute Farmers’ Cheese Flavored with Herbs and Edible Flowers
Best-selling author of One-Hour Cheese, Claudia Lucero demonstrates how easy and fun it can be to make a delicious and simple farmers’ cheese in just 30 minutes. See the entire process from carton of milk to final cheese and then to flavoring and decorating with fresh and dry herbs and edible flowers.
Claudia Lucero enjoys getting new cheesemakers started with Urban Cheesecraft and her D.I.Y. Cheese Kits. She has partnered with Williams-Sonoma on custom cheesemaking kits and recently wrote the book One-Hour Cheese, which shows beginners how to make 16 fresh cheeses via step-by-step photos. The book is found where books are sold and the kits can be found on www.UrbanCheesecraft.com.Order Your Passes Today! ×
Are Old Hand Tools Still Relevant for the Modern Homestead?
Cody aka Wranglerstar
Power tools are a wonderful convenience, but they are expensive and disposable. Old hand tools can last for generations, can often be found for a fraction of the cost, and are as relevant and useful today as they were 100 years ago. Sadly, these old tools are no longer manufactured. Learn what to look for when purchasing old tools and how to care for and restore them.
Cody and his family decided to turn their backs on a comfortable city life and become modern day homesteaders. Their adventure takes place in the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest, where they document their lifestyle on their YouTube channel Wranglerstar. With more than 300,000 loyal subscribers and 90 million video views, they are leaders in the modern homesteading movement.Order Your Passes Today! ×
Get great deals from dozens of regional and national vendors that feature sustainable lifestyle products and services, including: books, tools, seeds, tractors, organic foods, clothes, solar gadgets and more.
The schedule for the Texas FAIR is now available! See what the FAIR has to offer this year.View the Texas FAIR Schedule
The MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR now has four great ways to enjoy our events! With each wristband pass, attendees will gain access to the nation’s primer sustainable lifestyle event, packed with over 300 vendors and 150 hands-on workshops at each location! Order single day or weekend wristbands early and save with our pre-order special! Want to enjoy the FAIR in style? Check out our VIP options for individuals and families. Each VIP package lets you enjoy the exclusive amenities at each FAIR! Order your tickets today and see MOTHER EARTH NEWS come to life!
Feb. 8 is the last chance to order advanced wristband passes and get them in the mail. All advanced wristbands ordered after Feb. 9 will not be mailed. Customers must print off their order confirmations or show them on this mobile device to receive their wristband at the gate.Get your passes today!
MAPView Texas FAIR Map
Get on I-35 N/US-290 E from E 5th St/Pine St and N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd. Follow I-35 N to Interstate 35 Frontage Rd/S Interstate Hwy 35 in Belton. Take the S Interstate Hwy 35 exit from I-35 N. Continue on Interstate 35 Frontage Rd/S Interstate Hwy 35 to your destination.
Get on I-35 S from N 18th St. Follow I-35 S to Interstate 35 Frontage Rd/S Main St in Belton. Take exit 292 from I-35 S. Continue on Interstate 35 Frontage Rd/S Main St to your destination.
PLACES TO STAY
Hilton Garden Inn Temple
1749 Scott Boulevard
Phone: Call 254-773-0200 and reference MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR to get the special FAIR rate.
Cicada Springs RV Park
3002 Shady Dr.
Holiday Inn Express
1991 North Stagecoach Rd.
La Quinta Inns & Suites
229 West Loop 121
4301 South General Bruce Dr.
5505 South General Bruce Dr.
Bell County Fair Grounds – Limited RV Parking
301 West Loop 121
Belton RV Park – RV Spaces and Lodges
2905 South IH-35
Amazing Grace Of Texas
324 North Main Street
River Forest Inn
1414 E. 6th Ave
Phone: 1-254-939-5711 or 1-877-501-0782
Local Camping – Tent Camping, RV Spaces and More
Type “Belton, Texas” into the search to find the closest campgrounds.