More speakers and exhibitors are signing up for the Go Green Self-Reliance Festival to be held in Thayer City Park, Thayer, Missouri October 17 and 18 according to event organizer Mike Slack.
“One of our most popular exhibits has always been a wood gas powered pickup truck, powered entirely by firewood” Slack said. “This year a truck built and owned by Greg Henze of Doniphan will be featured. Greg first became interested in wood gas power when he saw a truck at the Go Green Festival a few years ago built by Wayne Keith, and featured in Mother Earth News magazine.” The truck will be available for viewing on Saturday.
Another source of power using wood and featured at the festival will be steam engine technology. Mike Brown of Springfield manufactures steam engines used to power boats, vehicles and to generate electricity for the home and in addition to displaying a steam engine Brown will be a featured speaker, Slack said. “Mike also makes Fish Carburetors, carburetor systems that mount on any car or truck that uses a carburetor and increases the gas mileage multifold. Mike has been featured on national TV and radio shows including CoasttoCoastAM.”
“We are also happy to have the Solar House Design Team from the Missouri Science and Technology university in Rolla, Missouri. The team of students compete in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, an event that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate 100% solar-powered housing that is marketable, cost-effective, and energy-efficient.”
“Also realizing that communication is important, especially during times of disaster, John Price, Public Information Officer for the West Plains HAM Radio Club will speak on amateur radio. John is a longtime Ham, always prepared and has helped many amateur radio operators pass their exam and become licensed HAM radio operators” Slack said.
Kids are not being left out. Children’s Activities Director Patricia Uveges has planned three legged race, bobbing for apples (but a sanitary kind where we hang them from strings and the kids keep the apples) egg races, storytelling (silly not so scary stories) and Native American face painting. Also for practical training Patricia will be teaching kids how to splint a bone using dolls with Popsicle sticks. She recommends that kids wear play clothes. Also at 2 pm both days the popular money in a hay bale event occurs, where the kids tear apart the hay and keep the coins they find inside.
The Go Green Self Reliance Festival is dedicated to promoting and supporting the local economy, sustainable living, agriculture, alternative renewable energy, preparedness, and positive community activities, held in Thayer City Park by the rodeo arena the festival averages 16 speakers, 150 vendors and 3,000 or more in attendance. Attendance is free, vendors are free and vendor spaces are still available. For information call 417-264-2435.