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Not-So-Simple Living Fair
Mendocino County Fairgrounds
Boonville, CA
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Jul 25, 2014 4:00 PM

Admission Level Price Remaining Quantity
Day Pass for youth Free 1000+
Day Pass 16 & under  
Weekend Pass for youth Free 1000+
Weekend Pass 16 & under  
Friday Night Entertainment $5.00 ($6.17 w/service fee) 1000+
Friday night only  
Saturday Potluck and Dance $10.00 ($11.34 w/service fee) 1000+
Saturday Potluck and Dance only  
Camping Friday, Saturday $10.00 ($11.34 w/service fee) 1000+
Camping is $10 per car, per night  
Sunday Day Pass $25.00 ($26.87 w/service fee) 1000+
One Day pass-Sunday  
Saturday Day Pass $25.00 ($26.87 w/service fee) 1000+
One Day pass-Saturday  
Weekend Pass $35.00 ($37.22 w/service fee) 1000+
Includes Friday Night Entertainment, Workshops and Demonstrations All Weekend, Saturday Night Potluck and BBQ, Music and Dancing, and Sunday Afternoon Keynote Speaker  
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Not-So-Simple Living Fair

Once again, the scenic Anderson Valley gears up for three days of practical DIY skills, fun, music and the building of a community.

The Anderson Valley Foodshed Group is again at work filling presenter slots for the Not-So-Simple Living Fair in a packed schedule that spans Friday through Sunday, July 25th through 27th at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, CA.  Beginning in 2010, local homesteaders, farmers and experts in their various fields have been presenting hands-on workshops and demonstrations on topics as diverse as giving seaweed facials to working with draft horses.  Workshops in six different subject areas will be taking place around the fairgrounds simultaneously, as well as ongoing demonstrations, scheduled round table discussions in the "conversation cafe", a curated "tool show and tell", kids activities and various local food and craft vendors.  Main topics covered at the fair include homesteading, farming and gardening, animal husbandry, wild food foraging and hunting, food processing, creating shelter and other practical living skills.

Melissa Meader, a founding member of the Valley Trail Coalition and local yoga instructor expressed the current need for the fair.  "As human beings, we have increasingly become disconnected from these hands-on skills.  The Not-So-Simple Living Fair is a way to not only learn these methods that have been forgotten, but also to experience them."  Melissa points out that she's attended the last four years of the event, and one year she volunteered to teach a goat milk soap making workshop and lead a roundtable discussion in the conversation cafe.  This year she looks forward to being an attendee in order to take advantage of the more than seventy or so workshops.

The event is entirely run by volunteers, organizers and presenters alike. Sophia Bates, a local farmer and event organizer pointed out, "It's about education for the sake of learning and building skills, not education for profit.  It costs less than taking your friend out to lunch, less than half a tank of gas, and you get dinner, and a band."



Mendocino County Fairgrounds (View)
14400 Highway 128
Boonville, CA 95415
United States


Education > Classes
Education > Workshops
Food > Food
Music > All Ages
Music > Festivals
Other > Family-Friendly
Other > Green

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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