WERU Full Circle Fair – July 26 & 27, 2008 – Blue Hill, Maine

Below is the press release for WERU’s Full Circle Fair that is coming up this weekend. I’m on the steering committee for this event and I’ve put dozens of volunteer hours towards organizing it. This is all volunteer organized and it’s a great event. The problem is since it’s a fund raiser we don’t have a 5 digit PR budget so we don’t have huge obnoxious glossy posters all over the place. So while he do have posters, brochures and even 12 page Fair Guides (which I designed alone this year)  we rely on word of mouth as one of our best promotions. So if you’re in Maine, near Maine, know someone in Maine or heck, if you’re looking for somewhere to visit this weekend.. come on up. Trust me, this fair is a blast. We’ve got a great musical lineup and it’s a great community event, even if you don’t live in this community 🙂

Press Release: 07/16/08

WERU-FM Community Radio (89.9 Blue Hill, 102.9 Bangor) throws a big party every year. That party is called the Full Circle Fair and it happens the last full weekend in July. This year, the 2008 Full Circle Fair is July 26 & 27 at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds in Blue Hill, Maine. In addition to celebrating Community Radio, the Fair will also be helping the station to celebrate 20 years of operation.

The Full Circle Fair is a two-day, family event that includes music, speakers and children’s events. There are hundreds of vendors including artists, crafters, a wide variety of foods and non-profit exhibitors.

There are two stages of music and speakers. Some of the confirmed acts include Buddy Holly’s Original Crickets, blues guitarist Debbie Davies, folk singer, Ellis Paul, Slaid Cleaves, Prince Edward Island’s Vishten, indie rockers Maggi, Pierce & EJ, and folk/protest singers emma’s revolution.

WERU is pleased to have Teri Blanton as our keynote speaker. Teri is survivor of a Superfund toxic waste site near her home in Harlan County, Kentucky and her courageous stand against the abuses of coal companies has won her notoriety within her state. An active member of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Teri’s personal mission is to reach out to her community about the issue of mountaintop removal mining. In addition to being our keynote speaker, she will sit for a portrait with Robert Shetterly for his “Americans Who Tell the Truth” series

Other speakers at the Fair include Humble Farmer, Margaret Micolichek from The Restorative Justice Project, Ruth Lockhart from The Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center and a panel discussion about Sears Island and the Federal Wetlands Mitigation Bank.

There’s a whole children’s area and a number of performers for the kids including Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers doing their “Everybody Loves Pirates”, Jay Mankita, Tom Neilson and Ellis Paul all doing music sets for the young and old alike. Sara Yasner will lead a sing-along in the Children’s Area as well.

Other features include an open mic, a second hand fashion show, a techno dance and special events like open community drum jams.

The Fair is planned, organized and run by volunteers.

Part of WERU-FM’s mission is to be a “voice of many voices” and to provide programming to the community that cannot be heard elsewhere. The Full Circle Fair reflects that mission through its performers. In the past, the Fair has had Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, Helen Thomas, a former White House correspondent, Jim Hightower, and Dahr Jamail.

The 2008 Full Circle Fair is July 26 (10am-9pm) & July 27 (10am-6pm) at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds. Tickets are: 1-day $10 for members/seniors/students, $15 for general public; 2-day $12 for members/seniors/students, $20 for general public. Kids 16 and under FREE! For more information, visit http://fair.weru.org or contact the Fair Coordinator at fair@weru.org

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