2023 Wisconsin MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, Sept. 16-17, 2023
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Washington County Fair Park and Conference Center,

West Bend, Wisconsin

September 16-17, 2023



Saturday, September 16 • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 17 • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center
3000 Hwy PV
West Bend, WI 53095



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The MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR is returning to Wisconsin, September 16-17, 2023, at the Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center in West Bend, Wisconsin!


Located 30 minutes north of Milwaukee, the Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center offers over 50,000 square feet of meeting space, on-site parking, free Wi-Fi, and 133 acres of landscaped ground. Don’t miss out on this great chance to develop your do-it-yourself skills with direct guidance from some of the most sought after experts in the world of sustainability at the Wisconsin FAIR!

Interact not only with the experts but other enthusiastic learners who help make the FAIR such a success. And don’t forget to explore the offerings of vendors and the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR bookstore!

meet some of our PAST speakers

This is a unique opportunity to interact with some of the most sought after experts in the world of sustainability. Come ready with your questions and look forward to learning something new – directly from the source!

Explore Ways to save money and live efficiently

Mother Earth News has been helping folks live simpler, more meaningful lives since the magazine was launched – nearly 50 years ago. No matter your personal interests you know you can count on Mother’s quality workshops for field-tested, country-honed guidance that will set you free – and put money in your pocket!

Budding Herbalists
with Crystal Stevens

Learn 10 common medicinal herbs and their virtues from Crystal Stevens, co-founder of Tend and Flourish School of Botanicals, and her daughter Iris. Learn how to make your own herbal tea blend to keep you healthy this winter. Each participant will take home a dried herbal tea blend.

Natural Beekeeping
That Works
with Leo Sharashkin

Keeping bees can be simpler than growing tomatoes. Learn the tested methods that allow you to add any number of hives to your farm or garden with minimal cost.

Mushroom Survival Skills: Keep fire, filter water, and more
with Tradd Cotter

This class demonstrates several key skill sets needed to grow mushrooms off the grid. Doing so, you can create tinder, use the spent substrate to make water filters, and take advantage of medical uses (such as natural antibiotic bandages).



Our hands-on and extended workshops are one of our most popular attractions! For an additional fee, you can register to take part in these limited engagements aimed at fostering practical, money-saving skillsets. The best way to learn is by doing, and our nationally renowned experts will show you how. Topics run the gamut. Create your own sourdough starter, learn expert hand-spinning techniques, explore DIY fermentation with miso, and more!

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Come to the FAIR early and get a jump start with this day and a half long workshop covering all things fermented!

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Finally There’s a Better Way to Find Homesteading Products

The Mother Earth News Fair provides you a rare opportunity: a living and breathing marketplace where you can interact with exhibitors, authors, and innovators whose passion for what they do is matched only by their authority in the industry. Our exhibitors are ready and willing to demo and discuss a vast array of products that will help you live better. Now you can shop the latest sustainable products, compare prices, witness demos, and take advantage of exclusive deals and incentives – all in one place.

View the Pennsylvania Exhibitor and Sponsor List

WANT TO exhibit AT the Mother Earth News Fair?

Reach new customers interested in a sustainable lifestyle — apply to exhibit.

Find Your Way

Get the layout of the venue, and find your favorite stage and exhibitors before you go to the FAIR.

View the Wisconsin FAIR Map


Places to Stay

Beautiful Bayfront Landing

The Fair at Bayfront Landing in Erie, Pennsylvania, is uniquely special as speakers, staff and attendees co-mingle throughout the weekend at this beautiful location on Presque Isle Bay. Take advantage of complete lodging options directly attached to the convention center with breath-taking views of the water, which can be booked directly through the resort. For more information, make a reservation online by visiting this link, or please call (814) 240-7246.

Interested in Camping?

Check out these nearby RV Parks and/or campgrounds.
Sara’s Campground
Lampe Campground
Presque Isle Passage


pENNsylvania Fair

Book signing schedule


1:30-2:00 p.m.      Dan Chiras, Pam Dawling, John Moody, Chris Smith

3:00-3:30 p.m.      Gianaclis Caldwell, Shawna Coronado, Ira Wallace

4:30-5:00 p.m.      Maria Noël Groves, Andrew Moore, Deborah Niemann, Jereme Zimmerman

6:00-6:30 p.m.      Gary Collins



11:00-11:30 a.m.    Kimberlee Bastien, Melissa Caughey, Dawn Combs, Tradd Cotter, Kim Flottum, Darrell Frey, Merideth Leigh

12:30-1:00 p.m.      Gianaclis Caldwell, Pam Dawling, Frank Hyman, Hilary Kearney

3:00-3:30 p.m.        Shawna Coronado, Janice Cox, John Moody, Leah Webb, Jereme Zimmerman

4:30-5:00 p.m.        Maria Noël Groves, Hannah Crum, Shawn and Beth Dougherty, Kathleen Draper, Patricia Foreman, Alice Percy, Akiva Silver

6:00-6:30 p.m.        Rob Avis, Gary Collins, Kirsten and Christopher Shockey


11:00-11:30 a.m.    Tradd Cotter, Shawn and Beth Dougherty, Frank Hyman, Jill Nussinow, Crystal Stevens

12:30-1:00 p.m.      Rob Avis, Melissa Caughey, Kim Flottum, Victoria Redhed Miller, Kirsten and Christopher Shockey

3:00-3:30 p.m.        Dan Chiras, Crystal Stephens

4:30-5:00 p.m.      Marie Rayma, Joel Salatin, Ira Wallace


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