| 3/3/2017 8:38:00 AM

Faithful HomesteaderThis year I attended my first MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair in Belton, Texas. I went with my husband and a few friends. It was definitely a different experience for me, but a good one. It sure fits in with my new learning mindset. I am always up for gaining new knowledge!

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Because I am a blogger for GRIT, I was able to receive two free passes. That certainly helped this frugal person make the decision to go. My husband was also a big reason, because when he looked at the schedule he saw many classes that piqued his interest. He would have even gone without me.

I didn’t realize that this was only the second time that the fair has been in Texas. Since it was about three hours from where I live, we left home very early on Saturday and stayed just one night before driving back Sunday evening. It was certainly a full and exhausting weekend, but it was fun.

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I was excited to see the magazine that had my published article in it.

I liked the setup for the fair. There were hourly classes on a variety of subjects. Plenty of vendors and yummy food were on hand. I attended some classes on chickens and poultry, of course. I also attended classes that had to do with health and pain management. Those classes gave me the push I needed finally to go on a strict, anti-inflammatory/elimination diet. I have now started a 30-day Paleo program with the intention of adding back foods one at a time at the end of the 30 days. I think it was worth going for that alone.