Go Green Festival Set for June 21, 22 Thayer City Park
Speakers, Vendors and Entertainers Announced
The 2014 Go Green Self Reliance Festival will be held June 21 and 22 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.
Speakers this year will include Mike Brown, an expert in using steam engines to generate electrical power; Sue Baird of the Missouri Organic Association on the advantages of organic foods and how farmers can become Certified Organic and increase profits; Mike Knocks of White Harvest Seed Company on Heirlooms vs. GMOs; Craig Wiles of Preferred Energy on solar power for the home; John Price of the West Plains Ham Radio Club on using amateur radio for communication; Mike Evans on firearms for preparedness, Dave Lohr of Kosh Trading Post on wilderness survival skills and other presenters covering the health benefits of herbs and essential oils, making your own biofuel, and other topics. Draft horses and alpacas will be on display in the rodeo arena. Live music will be provided both days including country, gospel, bluegrass and soft rock The Adams family will present a special demonstration of Scottish Country Dancing.
Displays will include antique steam engines, a homebuilt airplane and a pickup that runs on wood gas, burning firewood to produce fuel. The pickup has been featured on the cover of Mother Earth News and drive from coast to coast. Local animal rescue organizations will be present seeking homes for rescued dogs and cats.
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. In the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors area nonprofit organizations are encouraged to attend and make their neighbors aware of their services and mission.
All area businesses, churches and other organizations are welcome to attend as vendors. The last 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.
Those who wish to participate as speakers, entertainers or vendors are asked to call 417-264-2435