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Source: Mother Earth News press release

TOPEKA, KS - In the wake of multiple environmental catastrophes this year, the keynote speakers at the Mother Earth News Fair will bring an optimistic look at the core factors of - and solutions to - many of today's ecological and social justice issues.

Mother Earth News, the largest and longest-running publication about green lifestyles, will host the first Mother Earth News Fair Sept. 25-26 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, near Pittsburgh.

"Some of the brightest minds across the environmental movement have joined us to create a Fair that inspires and entertains as well as educates," says event manager Andrew Perkins.

Keynote speakers include:

Perry Jones, director, U.S. country program, Heifer International

Amanda Little, author and environmental journalist

Frances Moore Lappé, author, democracy advocate, and world food and hunger expert

Dr. Gary Nabhan, local food advocate

Richard Schrader, New York legislative director, Natural Re
sources Defense Council

Bryan Welch, publisher and editorial director, Ogden Publications

The Mother Earth News Fair also will offer more than 200 sessions on organic gardening, renewable energy, small-scale livestock, green building and remodeling, DIY projects, real food, natural health, green transportation and related topics. Regardless of skill level, attendees can find workshops to match their comfort level.

Dozens of experts, including authors, academics, members of sustainable-living organizations, Mother Earth News staff, and editors from sister publications Grit, Natural Home, The Herb Companion and Utne Reader, will lead the sessions.

In addition to workshops, the Fair will host a seed swap, artisan food tastings, children's projects, live music, vendor, livestock and craft demonstrations, a green shopping pavilion, local and organic food, and resort activities.

Tickets cost $15 for a one-day adult pass or $25 for both days. Children 17 and under are free. To order, go to http://tickets.7springs.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=69 or call (800) 234-3368.

Call (866) 437-1300 for lodging information and reservations at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

The Mother Earth News Fair is sponsored by Toyota, Central Boiler and My Amish Goods.

About Mother Earth News
Mother Earth News (www.MotherEarthNews.com) 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.

About Ogden Publications Inc.
Ogden Publications Inc. (www.OgdenPubs.com) is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Natural Home, Utne Reader, Capper's and Grit. Ogden Publications also provides insurance and financial services through its Capper's Insurance Service division.

About Seven-Star Inc.
Seven-Star Inc. (www.sevenstarevents.com) is the nation's largest full-service event company focusing exclusively on green events. Since 1999, Seven-Star has provided turnkey green event services for environmentally Responsible and socially Respectful (eR/sR) festivals, trade and consumer expositions, conferences, concerts, and mobile tours. From the greening of the 2008 Democratic National Convention and Live Earth events to producing the nation's largest consumer Green Festivals, Seven-Star has defined itself as the company for eR/sR event production. Seven-Star is the first event company to win the EPA's Gold WasteWise Award for Excellence, in recognition of the company's proprietary system of event waste diversion. The system has consistently achieved greater than 85 percent waste diversion.

About Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Seven Springs Mountain Resort (www.7springs.com), 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 1 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, and the luxurious Trillium Spa.