Seven Springs Mother Earth News Fair

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 19, 2011 10:28 am

SEVEN SPRINGS, PA – Seven Springs Mountain Resort offeres a variety of year-round activities like golf, skiing, and snowboarding. But this weekend, in addition to all of these activities, the mountain will welcome the second annual Mother Earth News Fair and some unexpected things like llamas, weed walks, do-it-yourself cars, herding dogs, a seed swap and more.

Attendees can participate in these novel off-stage activities as well as 150-plus workshops taking place Sept. 24-25 throughout the resort:

Hike and Pack with Llamas: Llamas make perfect hiking companions for all ages. Farmer and veterinarian Anne Hallowell will show how to pack llamas then lead a hike with the animals.

High-Mileage Vehicle Show: Attendees can visit with designers, builders and drivers of five DIY, high-mileage cars from across the country including Mother Earth News’ 100-mpg sports car.

Heirloom Tomato Tasting: Southern Exposure Seed Exchange will host an heirloom vegetable and fruit tasting for attendees to try dozens of heirloom tomato and pepper varieties, plus melons, apples, roasted garlic and freshly-baked cornbread. Attendees can also bring their own varieties to share.

Natural Cleaning: All-natural household cleaners keep toxic chemicals out of the home, save money and reduce packaging waste. The Natural Home & Garden and Bon Ami staff will share some of their favorite recipes made with grocery store ingredients.

Build a Straw Bale Wall: Designer Sigi Koko will show attendees how to build straw bale walls that insulate and look great. Saturday’s class will cover stacking straw bales and coating them with non-toxic clay plaster, while Sunday attendees can learn to make and apply finish plasters and natural paints.

Foraging Edibles Walk: Local herbalists Faith Starr and David Fish will teach attendees to identify and harvest wild plants in their natural environment. This guided weed walk will tap into the abundance of healthful free food, including tips on incorporating wild foods into everyday meals.

In addition to the Fair’s hands-on workshops on organic gardening, renewable energy, small-scale livestock, green building and remodeling, natural health and green transportation, the resort’s Screaming Hawk Zipline, Alpine Slide, scenic charlift rides and segway tours will be open.

Adult tickets are $25 for a weekend pass or $15 for a one-day pass in advance, or $30 and $20, respectively, at the gate. Admission is free for children ages 17 and under. To purchase advance tickets, go to or call toll-free (800) 234-3368.

The Fair is sponsored by Ball Jar, Bon Ami, Central Boiler, Envirolet, Giant Eagle, King Arthur Flour, Organic Valley, Purina, Red Star Yeast and Seventh Generation.

About Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Seven Springs Mountain Resort, located in Seven Springs, Pa., is the perfect place for family vacations that create lifelong memories. Each year the family-friendly resort hosts more than one million overnight and day guests who enjoy a vacation that includes the finest skiing, snowboarding and golf that Pennsylvania has to offer, the exhilaration of sporting clays, the ultimate in relaxation at the luxurious Trillium Spa, a variety of dining options that range from intercontinental cuisine at Helen’s Restaurant to the variety of delicious buffets offered at the Slopeside Dining Room to the quick fix options like pizza and sandwiches to satisfy any craving.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort can accommodate more than 5,000 overnight guests in its recently renovated 416-room, 10-story high-rise hotel, nearly 1,200 condominiums and townhomes, eight cottages and 15 chalets.

With more than 60,000 square feet of meeting space available, Seven Springs also hosts more than 1,000 meetings, conferences and banquet groups per year.

Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland and Washington D.C., Seven Springs is easily accessible from either exit 91 or 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

For more information on Seven Springs, visit or call (800) 452-2223.

About Mother Earth News
Mother Earth News ( is the Original Guide to Living Wisely. Topics include organic gardening, do-it-yourself projects, cutting energy costs, using renewable energy, green home building and rural living.