Mavis Goes to The Mother Earth News Fair 2012

Yesterday, The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird and I took a field trip to the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.  Admission was $30 a head or FREE if you donated an old cell phone.  So guess who asked around and found 2 old cell phones so they could get in to the fair for free?

There was a ton of stuff to see, including live demonstrations from the Fort Nisqually History Museum. Oy! I wonder if wearing a hoop skirt hurts.

They had yurts.  I’m not sure how much they cost, but they are actually pretty roomy inside.  This one even had a little wood stove/heater and a bed.  Pretty neat-o if you ask me.

Once inside the pavilion, there were a ton of farm animals to see. Cows, goats, alpacas, lambs, and pretty little piggies too.

They even had a few chickens on display.  This little girl was telling me a story about roosters. It was very exciting.  It was great to see so many families with young children at the fair.  In my opinion, although there were fewer farm animals than the Big Puyallup Fair in the fall, this fair was much better.  Very low key, no rides or carnival games, but loads and loads of workshops, demonstrations and it just had a really wholesome feel about it.  This was my first time at a Mother Earth News Fair, and I loved it.

Oh, and guess what?  Some man was giving away FREE bantam chickens.  Who could say no to FREE chickens?  Not us!  Wahoo!  I’m excited to see how tiny their eggs are.  We’ll keep you posted.

Peace Out Girl Scouts,


*If you would like to attend the Mother Earth News Fair, go HERE to find out more info.

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  1. Sara says


    Very cool to meet you at the Fair. We learned a LOT and hope to go next year. The workshops were awesome. I hope you didn’t take the noisy Bantam rooster too!

    Sara and The Girl Who Knows Everything (Rebekah).

    • Mavis says

      We were very tempted… He was so cute and small we thought How noisy could a tiny rooster really be? But we didn’t want to take our chances. It was nice to meet you too. It’s always nice to see other Mothers drag their teenage daughters to events. Ha Ha Ha. :)

  2. Kim says

    We went to the fair too, cell phones in hand! It was good, I would have liked to see more chickens, but we did pick up some stuff I’m excited to use.

  3. jody says

    I went today! It was great, I really appreciated the classes. The bookstore was amazing as well! We spent hours there and soaked up so much information. I am so glad you posted this event, we would have never heard about it otherwise.

  4. Dayla says

    bummed that I missed it! I hope you’ll post the dates for next yr…I’d love to take my kids there!

  5. says

    Hi Mavis! Erica from the Fair here. So glad you had a great time!

    In response to your comment about hoop skirts – they’re actually surprisingly comfortable. I wear them for the local Renaissance Festival, and they’re a lot cooler than petticoats on hot summer days. The most uncomfortable part is usually the corset… but corsets make up for it in looks!

    • Mavis says

      Hi Erica,
      I had a wonderful time and so did my daughter. Thank you for letting me know about the hoop skirts. I will add them to my costume “wish list.” :)

  6. Erin says

    Hello Mavis,
    My family and I got a Bantam chicken. I believe she is going to look just like the one you got from the fair. Is she a white old english bantam? I also wanted to ask you how it went when you introduced her to the other hens. They are so much smaller and I am so nervous about the introduction. Even though we have a few weeks. We also got an Easter egger and what I believe might be a white leghorn. We aren’t positive though because we got them from our local farm and home store from an assortment bin. I am hoping the buddy system will work in her favor. We named our Bantam Xena since her shipment must have come through some bad weather they all died but her and she wasn’t even suppose to be in the order.
    Just looking for some help, advice, and peace of mind.

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