BY MELANY COX

FME NEWS SERVICE

The Mother Earth News Fair, the nation’s largest and longest-running sustainable lifestyle event, will return to Texas Feb. 16-17 for its fourth year. The fair will run 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Bell County Expo center, 301 W. Loop 121 in Belton.

Fairgoers may attend more than 100 workshops that cover food preparation and preservation, small-scale and backyard livestock, organic gardening, natural health, renewable energy, homesteading and other self-sufficiency related topics. Local and national experts will lead the sessions.

“We are thrilled to bring this event back to Texas because it is truly one of the best locations in the country with such an engaged community,” fair director Andrew Perkins said in a news release. “The attendees’ thirst for advice and information, whether it’s on keeping chickens or home brewing, is quite impressive. This year attendees can learn homesteading skills firsthand with our new series of hands-on and extended workshops.”

In addition, the fair will host children’s activities, heritage-breed livestock, country skills, vendor demonstrations and hundreds of exhibitors.

Attendees can pre-order a weekend wristband for $20 or single day passes for $15. Wristbands purchased at the gate will cost $30 and $25 respectively. Children 17 and younger will get in free.

Most workshops are included with the price of the wristband, although some hands-on and extended workshops, which often involve takeaways such as homemade cheese or hand-stitched leather products, will require additional cost.

To purchase wristband passes, inquire about exhibiting or check programming, visit www.MotherEarthNewsFair.com or call 1-800-234-3368.

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