The 12th Annual Sustainable Living Fair in Fort Collins combines rural traditions with urban revival and offers it up in an energetic, community oriented, educational event. With over 75 free workshops, five extended hands-on workshops, nine Old Thyme contests, 250 exhibitors and five keynote speakers there is something for everyone.

Each year the fair offers a few hands-on workshops including straw bale construction, getting your hands on solar energy, home brew, wind turbines, interior earthen plasters, and a yurt raising. To participate in one of the extended workshops, register in advance at www.SustainableLivingFair.org.

This year marks the forth-annual Old Thyme food contests hosted at the Sustainable Living Fair. Participants can enter to win one or all of these contests: Colossal organic vegetable, ugly but edible vegetable, organic heirloom vegetable, best vermicompost, best nest of five backyard eggs, and best homemade dairy product, pie, salsa, jams, jellies and anything canned.

New to the fair this year is the best re-creation contest, where participants create something new and useful out of previously used items.

Submit non-perishable fair entries between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. All perishable entries (pies and salsas, cheese and milk) can be submitted between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday. Winners will be announced on the main stage starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Visit the fair Sept. 17 and 18 in Fort Collins at Legacy Park. Kids under 12 get in free, adults pay $8 per day. For more information visit www.SustainableLivingFair.org.

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