Go Green Festival-Thayer, Missouri

I will be speaking at this event in Thayer on Sunday the 21st of October. This is an idea that could be replicated across the country. The reason the promoters of the event got this together is to create awareness and community so that their area can have better connections with each other and withstand economic or other crises with less impact. If you are anywhere in the area, I encourage to visit. It will be a fun time!

Go Green Self Reliance Festival

Wood Burning Pickup Truck and Solar Powered Car Will Highlight Go Green Self Reliance Festival


A wood gas burning pickup truck will be on display at the Go Green Self Reliance Festival October 20 and 21 in Thayer City Park if the owner’s schedule allows according to Go Green President Mike Slack. “The wood gas powered pickup owned by Wayne Keith was a big hit last October and the truck we hope to have is another truck Keith built and sold to a Missouri resident. The owner of the truck will confirm this week his availability, but when we last spoke he was hoping to be at the festival.”


“Another highlight of this festival will be the participation of Crowder College in Neosho. Crowder is one of the few two year colleges in the nation to offer an alternative energy degree program concentrating on Biofuels, Wind Power, Solar Power and Green Building which uses energy efficiency and geothermal” Slack said. “Crowder professor Bill Moss will be available to answer questions and to show off the Solar Racer, a solar electric powered race car designed and built by Missouri college students. This car is especially impressive because it competed in an international race in 2009, finishing in first place and beating more expensive solar powered cars from MIT and Stanford universities.” Slack said.


The Go Green Headquarters table at the festival will feature three raffles covering the areas of solar power, biofuels and gardening. Winners of all three raffles will be announced at the end of the festival, and winners need not be present.


David Blume, nationally known biofuel expert and author of the bestselling book Alcohol Can Be a Gas is providing prizes to be raffled off. The Grand Prize is a free half hour permaculture or alcohol fuel call with David Blume; 1st Prize is an autographed hardbound copy of the book; 2nd Prize is the three DVD set including A signed hardbound copy of David’s Book, Alcohol Can Be A Gas, David Blume Live in LA and The Greening of the Auto Industry;  3rd Prize is the 2  DVD set David Blume Live in LA and The Greening of the Auto Industry. The DVDs have a retail value of $25 each, the book $69 and the phone consultations with Blume are valued at $500 per hour. Blume will speak via teleconference at the April 2013 Go Green Festival and extends his best wishes to the Oregon and Fulton County communities.


Another leader in the preparedness, homesteader and self-reliance movement, Marjory Wildcraft, producer of the popular DVD Backyard Food Production is providing copies of her DVD to be raffled off. For those interested in gardening. Wildcraft will speak at the April 2013 Go Green Festival.

Solar power enthusiasts will find their needs covered with a solar panel raffle, with the solar panel donated by Craig Wiles of Preferred Energy. Wiles is also the instructor for free preparedness seminars held at the Next Step 7th Day Adventist Church in West Plains on Thursday evenings.


Also at the festival a BBQ lunch will be served for $6 in advance, $7 at the festival with all proceeds going to the Ministerial Alliance of Thayer-Mammoth Springs, the Ministerial Alliance of Alton and the Salvation Army. For advance BBQ tickets call Dawn Jotz at 417-270-0594 or visit Hirsch Feed, Myrtle Feed, Fred’s Fish House, Ozarka College Mammoth Springs, Fin to Fur, Alton Florist, Kosh Trading Post, Shawn Justis Farmers Insurance, Forschler’s Hardware, Ragan’s Fashions, or the Alton Quick Connection.


A salute to area veterans will feature participation by the Alton VFW, Thayer VFW, American Legion, Choices.tlc, the Missouri National Guard and recruiters from the United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. The National Guard will have a Humvee on display, while the American Legion will have a WWII era Jeep and cannon.


Admission to the Go Green Self Reliance Festival is free; vendors are free and encouraged to call 417-264-2435. The event will include live music, a carnival, draft horses, drills by the Thayer-Mammoth Saddle Club Drill Team, game and activities for children and food from a variety of local vendors.



Go Green Festival Speakers Schedule by Day and Time

Saturday, October 20

9: 45  am Allen Busiek, Self-Reliance Expert on Intro to Preparedness

10: 30  am Franco Molea  of Livingwithaquaponics.com on Living With Aquaponics

11: 15 am  McSadie. Self-reliance and grain expert on  Choosing, Buying, Storing, Grinding and Cooking with Grains For Self-9 am  Jill Henderson, author of many books on seeds, plants and gardening on Beginning and Intermediate Seed Saving

sufficient, Nutritionally Sound and Delicious Diet

12 Noon  McAlan, self-reliance and communications expert on Communication During Emergencies Including Use of HAM Radio

12: 45  pm Mike Evans talk show host and political commentator on restoring American freedom

1: 30 pm Mike Brown, author and inventor on using steam engines to generate electricity

2:15 pm Candy Rick Registered Nurse on  Infection Control in Crisis Situations;

3 pm Terry Durham Elderberry Life on  Elderberries – Great Taste, Good Health and Cash Profits;

3: 45  pm Rodney Odem, FEMA Region 3 o Preparing for Disasters

Sunday, October 21

10 am Sue Baird, Sue Baird Organics, former President, Missouri Organic Association on becoming Certified Organic

10: 45  am Lynette Pate author and organic food activist on The Benefits of Organic Food, Dangers of GMOs and her Nationwide Bike Tour

11: 30 am Craig Wiles Solar Energy Craig Wiles of Preferred Energy on Solar Power for the Home; Doreen Hannes, The Truth Farmer on Property Rights;

12: 15  Robyn Gilbert  Medical Missionary on the Healing Power of Foods and Herbs

1 pm Doreen Hannes, the Truth Farmer – Lemonade is a Controlled Substance, Property Rights, Agenda 21

1: 45  pm Carl Rickard on benefits of colloidal silver

2: 30  pm Mike Nocks White Harvest Seed Company on Heirloom Seeds vs. Genetically Modified Seeds;

3: 15  pm Stan Clement EnviroMag Products, LLC  on Organic stimulants, fertilizers and natural bio stimulants for plant growth

OSLU Classes Sunday 1 pm throughout afternoon

Debbie Slack, OSLU Heritage Studies Teacher and Registered Nurse on  Infection Control in Crisis Situations;  Gardener on Making Your Own Garden Soil;



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. jay c
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 10:13:03

    If this were near me, I’d be very interested in attending. Unfortunately, I have a day job, and it’s very difficult to get away. If you haven’t connected with Brad Stufflebeam of Home Sweet Farm (http://www.homesweetfarm.com/), you might want to look him up. This kind of thing sounds like it’s right up his alley.


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