It's a beautiful world we live in, and if you are interested in knowing more about this world then there's no better place than at one of the upcoming MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fairs. Especially if you are interested in homesteading, self-sufficiency, or farming in general — which, if you are reading a blog at GRIT, you most likely are. At the fair, you will have the opportunity to learn about topics as far ranging as growing your own broom to making mead. There will be seminars about beekeeping, chicken rearing, and gardening. Since I live in Texas, here is a listing of presentations at the upcoming Texas Fair.
In addition to all the tantalizing workshops, there will be a large vendor area that you will not want to miss. You can visit with merchants selling everything from beehives, seeds, and tools to books and handmade items. Speaking with these vendors was very informative and a great way to learn about new products.
Taken as a whole, the Fair is a wonderful place to meet new people, learn all kinds of new stuff, and to get a dose of encouraging reaffirmation that the hard work of self-sufficiency and homesteading is worth the effort.
I also think the Fair is a sweet, romantic place, and for the second year in a row my wife and I will be celebrating our anniversary by attending the Fair in Belton, Texas. For me to anxiously look forward to attending anything that will include a large crowd is out of character (for more on that, see: Hermitize – A Sibling Conversation), but I have to say this: the Fair is great. In the case of the Belton Fair, the facilities are amazing, the hotel next door is great, and no doubt the Fair will be fantastic, so if you are in Texas make plans now to attend. You will not regret it. For what it’s worth, I'll be the antisocial one ...
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