Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The second-annual NW Homesteading Fair is coming to the Gorge on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m.-6p.m.
The fair offers free workshops on topics ranging from sausage making and fly-fishing to sock knitting and gardening. There will also be live music all day from Mandy Fickett, Kit Garoutte, Spilt Milk, and more.
“Last year was so much fun, people traveled to the event from around the Northwest — we even had people come in from Idaho. There is just so much at the fair — something for everyone, so people will travel for it.” explains co-organizer Amanda Richards.
The fair is a free family event, with free parking, free admission, free workshops, free fun for the kids.
One of the fair’s biggest draws this year looks to be the addition of draft horses. These traditional working animals, and their farmers, will be at the fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. giving demonstrations, answering questions and visiting fair guests.
Also at the fair this year is the Library Bookmobile, a local fire engine with a fire hose for the kids to try out, a spinning demonstration, the Pioneer Living Children’s Museum, crafts and faery gardens for kids, alpacas, chicks, and booths filled with books, antiques, homesteading supplies, trees, plants, grapevines and more.
“We wanted to create an event that was free and fun for families, that could bring the greater community together, but that also focused on sharing traditional self-sufficiency skills,” explains co-organizer Fern Johnson.
This free event is funded through a raffle held at the fair each year. The raffle includes prizes such as live chicks, chick-raising supplies, compost, locally raised and processed chicken, a Rag-a-Muffin apron, turned wood bowl by Chad McInroy, heirloom seeds, live plants, and many other homesteader items.
The fair will take place at the old elementary school and green space on Highway 14 in Lyle, Wash., on Saturday, Sept. 21, and opens at 9 a.m.
For more information about the fair, and to get directions, visit: https://nwhomesteadingfair.wordpress.com.
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