Backwoods Home Magazine

15 preparedness expos and why you should attend one


15 preparedness expos and why you should attend one

By Dave Duffy

Issue #164 • March/April, 2017

Ever been to a preparedness expo? If not, you’ve missed a barrel of fun and a heck of a good presentation of self-reliance information. Without question, some of the most enjoyable moments I have had publishing Backwoods Home Magazine have been at the preparedness and self-reliance expos I’ve attended during the past 28 years.

This year we’ll have a booth at 15 of them and I invite you to attend and stop by our booth and have a chat. I’ll be at most of them, Jackie Clay-Atkinson at a few of them, and a host of other writers and editors at some of them.

Some of the BHM writers you will meet at the expos and fairs are, from left, Patrice Lewis, Jeff Yago, Jackie Clay-Atkinson, Dave Duffy, Annie Tuttle, Amy Alton, Dr. Joe Alton.

Here’s what you can expect: Excellent speakers like activist farmer Joel Salatin at the Mother Earth News Fairs, and our own Jackie Clay-Atkinson at the Self Reliance Expos. Other speakers will talk about canning, gardening, raising animals, putting together a 72-hour pack, remote living, shooting a gun, and making every manner of homestead item. You can also take a variety of classes, ranging from installing a solar system to how to surgically sew up a wound on your best friend.

Or you can simply tour the many booths with their wide array of useful and innovative products, such as reusable canning lids, preparedness packs, fire-starters, military surplus, medical kits, LED and solar flashlights, clever chicken coop designs, underground bunkers, water purification systems, weapons of all sorts, books covering every aspect of prepping, solar gadgets of all types, and even complete home solar systems. And that’s just the beginning. Every show seems to have a few new gadgets that I’ve never seen before.

But what makes these events the most fun for me is meeting BHM subscribers. It’s my chance to discuss, one-on-one, preparedness and politics with people who are as passionate about these topics as I am.

The 15 expos and fairs we’ll do this year are a big increase from our usual 5 or so. It’s sort of a change in business strategy for us. We find we gain new subscribers and get former subscribers to renew if we can talk with them. I think that is because we are friendly people and have some knowledge to share, and we are sponges for people who have knowledge to share with us. Many of the articles in BHM over the years have come out of these shows.

Why don’t you come out and join us. Admission is usually fairly cheap, about $10. And parking is usually free. And here’s a bonus: Wear a Backwoods Home Magazine T-shirt, or reasonable facsimile you make yourself (just draw on a T-shirt with a felt pen), and we’ll give you a free book of your choosing. It can even be one of our big 360-page anthologies, which will more than cover your admission fee. We’ll also give you a free colorful shopping bag. We’d love to see a whole bunch of Backwoods Home Magazine T-shirts walking around at these expos.

Wear a Backwoods Home Magazine T-shirt (or reasonable facsimile that you make yourself) and we’ll give you a book and a colorful shopping bag. This T-shirt (notice the Ventura, California address) is from our first year in business.

Pick an expo near you and insert the date into your schedule and come out and chew the fat with us. I’m almost always available. Besides me, other BHM writers and editors who make occasional appearances at these shows are Jackie Clay-Atkinson, Jeff Yago, Patrice Lewis, Ilene Duffy, Dr. Joe and Nurse Amy Alton, and Jessie Denning. Annie Tuttle and Sam Duffy of our “sister” magazine, Self-Reliance, are also often there.

Here’s a listing of the shows. Call ahead to our office (541-247-8900) and ask who will be at a particular expo. We sometimes are not sure until about a month before the event, as it can hinge on who is on deadline for the upcoming print issue.