The Fall 2013 Go Green Self Reliance Festival will be held October 12 and 13 in Thayer City Park, according to festival organizers, starting at 9 am both days and ending at 6 pm. Admission is free, vendors are free and encouraged to attend.
This will be the 6th Go Green Self Reliance Festival, which has grown steadily, averaging 3,000 in attendance at the last two festivals. The festival encourages innovation for startup business, supports organic food production, supports local farmers and land owners, and especially encourages people to buy, sell and trade with their neighbors to get the economy of the Ozarks region moving and help people in the Ozarks thrive.
All area businesses, churches and other organizations are welcome to attend as vendors. The October 2012 festival saw almost 150 vendors selling items ranging from fresh produce to hand-made items, well pumping devices, solar power systems, essential oils, heirloom seeds, jams and jellies, books and other items. Local authors are encouraged to sell autographed copies of their books. Live music is provided all day both days featuring local bluegrass, country and gospel performers. Children’s activities include the popular Money In A Haybale which allows children to tear apart bales of hay and keep the coins they find inside, which each hay bale loaded with $50 in coins.
Celebrity gardener and survival food expert Marjory Wildcraft will be speaking on Saturday. Wildcraft’s website growyourowngroceries.com and popular Youtube series are popular worldwide. She was featured on last season’s National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers television show.
Those who wish to participate as speakers, entertainers or vendors are asked to call 417-264-2435.