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SOLARFEST CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF SUCCESS

AS A SOLAR-POWERED FESTIVAL AND SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE

TINMOUTH, Vt. – This summer, on July 18, 19 and 20, SolarFest will celebrate its twentieth year with three days of inspirational workshops on a variety of sustainability focused topics, creative performances and music across two stages powered entirely with renewable energy, and more than 60 exhibitors, craft and fantastic food vendors.

SolarFest is an ideal event for anyone interested in sustainability, or looking to attend a family-friendly festival this summer. Over its twenty years, it has several times been voted as a Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top Ten Event, and this year it garnered the Editors’ Choice from Yankee Magazine as one of New England’s top events.

SolarFest will host over eighty workshops on renewable energy, green building, sustainable living, and agricultural topics, and for the second year it will also be holding a Mini Maker Faire® as part of the festival. SolarFest is also inviting professional installers and homeowners to compete in its racking challenge, for the seriously solar.

Festival partners include the Wonderfeet Kid’s Museum of Rutland, which promises to add excitement to the festival’s children-focused programming. Other partners, including the Green Mountain College Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production Division, Northeast Organic Farmers Association of Vermont (NOFA), 350.org, and Transition Town, will bring in-depth, informative, hands-on and fun workshops to attendees.

Since its inception in 1995, SolarFest has promoted sustainability and the arts, and built a tremendous community concerned about what it terms “thriving locally.”  Managing Director Patty Kenyon says, “Over the years, I have seen SolarFest be a true inspiration to many of its attendees. In a world where more and more people are witnessing the real effects on our communities from climate change, SolarFest is more relevant than ever. We give people access to skills and information necessary to thrive in our world’s future, and we do so in a positive and encouraging way.”

SolarFest is hosted by Forget-Me-Not Farm, which is itself powered by a grid-intertied solar system and GMP’s Cowpower. Ticket information and many other details can be found at the festival’s website: www.solarfest.org.

About SolarFest:

Celebrating its 20th year, SolarFest is the longest running solar powered music festival and sustainability conference in the Northeast.  20 years ago, the idea was simply to demonstrate the power of the sun by harnessing its energy to deliver a first class music festival. Over time we have grown our educational offerings, while remaining true to our roots. We now offer programming for all ages, including hands on and in depth educational opportunities, music, theater, art, and an experience that empowers and inspires people to make positive change in their own lives, and in their communities. SolarFest’s mission is to connect people, the arts, ideas and technology, fostering partnerships for a vibrant present and a sustainable future. Join us for a day or the entire weekend, July 18-20, 2014 at Forget-Me-Not Farm in Tinmouth, Vermont.

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