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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Even torrential storms didn’t stop the MREA Fair

We always look forward to going to Custer, Wisconsin, for the annual MREA Fair. We help sell magazine subscriptions and books and get to meet a whole lot of interesting people. Some are newcomers and some are old family members. (We consider every reader of the magazine

Will, our friend Tom, and I set up the booth on Thursday amid weather warnings for the next day. And when I woke up in the motel room at 6 a.m., it was to a crash of thunder and lightning. I peeked out the window and saw torrential rain cascading off the roof right by our window. Not so good!


But we went to the fair and got ready for the opening. And five minutes after they announced that the 2013 Midwest Renewable Energy Fair was officially open, a lightning bolt struck the ground right outside our metal building! CRACK! BOOM! Let me tell you, it scared the heck out of ME! Luckily, no one was hurt.


But the rain definitely hurt the fair’s attendance. Luckily, you can’t stop BHM family. All through the three days, fans stopped by the booth to say hi and have pictures taken with me. How fun! We got to visit with a whole lot of really nice people.



And this week I get to do it all over again. Thursday, I’m flying down to Des Moines, Iowa, to speak and man the BHM booth at the very first Midwest Self Reliance Festival. I’ll be giving a keynote presentation on Friday and another presentation on Saturday. So if you get a chance to come, you’ll help support a new venture as well as be able to listen to several noted speakers and check out many useful products to help your quest for self reliance. Stop by the booth and say hi! The festival runs from Friday the 28th through Sunday. (But I won’t be there on Sunday due to flight arrangements.) — Jackie

6 Responses to “”

  1. Ann Says:

    My son and I look forward to the Des Moines Festival on Saturday. Hopefully the weather will be dryer by then.

  2. Wendy Hause, Gregory MI Says:

    Good for those BWH family folks who got to meet all of you Jackie. I know what a special pleasure that is and look forward to a time when I can do so again. Good luck at the Iowa festival!

  3. Nancy Says:

    Maybe, just maybe, I can come to Des Moines. It is closer and we don’t have a fair that week. I hope so.

  4. Holly Langevin Says:

    Hi Jackie, I just wanted to thank you for being there for my daughter during her chicken emergency. We took her to see your vet, but through all of our efforts we still lost her. Your care and concern is such a comfort, we sure adore you.
    Thank you,

  5. jackie clay-atkinson Says:


    I’m so sorry you lost Honey. Our animals become family. Some folks see “only a chicken” but I feel sorry for them for not having such a wonderful relationship with their animals.

  6. Terri Says:

    You always look so joyful in all your pictures in the blog. You must be a person with a wonderful heart towards life and other people.

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