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Location: Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 E Ash, Mason MI

June 24 & 25, 2016

Rain or Shine!!!

Thank you Jim Carter. We will miss you.

1/7/1940 - 6/21/2016

With heavy hearts, GLREA will dedicate the 2016 Michigan Energy Fair in the honor of Jim Carter. Jim has been a GLREA Board Member for several years and was elected Board President this past January. GLREA offers condolences to Jim's family and Jim's business partners. Jim's high integrity, zest for life and intelligence will be missed.

Jim is pictured here with his business associates from Homeland Solar: (L-R) Mark, John, Jim, Mark Dave

Fair Admisson just $5 per person. Under 18 free with adult. GLREA Members Free!!!

The Michigan Energy Fair and Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo may be the most valuable $5 you spend all summer. Learn from dozens of experts and exhibitors what you can do to save money and prepare your family for the future.

Buy Tickets or 1/2 Off Membership Now

Camping $25/night

Camping is available Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Reserve and pay now or pay at the gate.
Sites have electric, water and there are two bathhouses on the fairgrounds.

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Keynote Speakers Announced

Dr. David DeYoe

Dr. DeYoe is currently serving on the Board of the Michigan Forest Bio-materials Institute and as an adjunct Professor at Michigan State University.Dr. DeYoe will discuss Building Resilient Communities Through the Innovative Use of Renewable Resources.
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Jack Lessenberry

Jack Lessenberry, the head of the journalism faculty at Wayne State University, is WUOM-FM's senior political analyst and delivers daily essays and commentary on important Michigan issues.

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Three Great Shows - One Great Venue

GLREA Welcomes the Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo (GLEPE) and the Sustainable Living Summit to the 2016 Fair at the Ingham County Fairgrounds June 24 & 25, 2016.


The Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo offers exhibitors a large audience of survival professionals and industry enthusiasts. Local businesses and emergency responders, including the local government agencies and military professionals. are among the many who exhibit and attend GLEPE. There will be many opportunities at the 2016 fair to learn about energy efficiency, energy self reliance and how to be prepared for emergencies.

We encourage county and local governments, municipalities and businesses leaders who prepare Emergency Action Plans to attend. The information you receive about how to reduce costs in your jurisdiction through energy savings and incorporating renewable energy while learning the latest in emergency preparation will be invaluable. This could be the most fun and educational event you will attend all year. If you are planning on having several people from your organization attend the fair please get in touch with us about any special meeting spaces we may be able to provide you.

GLREA hosts Sustainable Living Summit 2016 at the Michigan Energy Fair

The Sustainable Living Summit features acclaimed keynote speakers, panel discussions with expert presentations, workshops and exhibitors in a famly friendly atmosphere. The theme of the SLS is Connect Here! The focus is to network industry leaders and earn about sustainable lifestyles, how to create sustainable homes, businesses and communities.

Internet Advisor on the Fair

Allan O'Shea discusses the fair with Internet Advisor

Volunteers Are Our Anchor

The fair is the largest event of this kind in Michigan and the Great Lakes. GLREA is an organization operated by volunteers. For an event of this size, we need dozens of new volunteers. No Experience Necessary!! Please consider volunteering for this event.

Free Workshops

The fair has many valuable workshops free with adult admission. Learn how you can save money on your utilities, prepare for emergencies and more! Fair hours and workshop schedule now available!!

Who Are the Exhibitors and Sponsors

Learn about the Sponsors and Exhibitors who will be at the fair. There are local "boots on the ground" companies including solar installers, LED Lighting experts, food preservation, emergency generators, wood stoves, and others.

Where to Stay?

The fair is a two day event, Friday and Saturday, filled with various workshops, hands on activities, electric vehicle show and over 100 exhibitors. Mark your calender and plan to spend both days. This is not a drive by show. There is camping available. Local hotels are in Okemos and East Lansing. We suggest you book hotels early!

Michigan Snow Pony on the Event!

Learn About MiSUN
There are many ways you can incorporate Solar in your life. It really does work in Michigan!

Learn more from our Michigan Solar Users Network.

Learn About Community Solar

Is your community or group interested in learning more about Community Solar? Visit our Community Solar page including our downloadable Community Solar Guidebook and other great information!

Fair Admisson just $5 per person. Under 18 free with adult.

The Michigan Energy Fair and Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo may be the most valuable $5 you spend all summer. Learn from dozens of experts and exhibitors what you can do to save money and prepare your family for the future.

Buy Tickets or 1/2 Off Membership Now

Check back often for updated information on the 2016 Fair

Save The Date!!

What is at the fair? Listen to WJR Internet Advisor Interview

internet advisor

Kaz on the Fair

FAQs and Things You Should Know

Who attends the fair?
People from all walks of life come to the fair.
Homeowners who are looking to save money on their utilities.
Businesses who are looking to add to their bottom line.
Families who are concerned how they will handle a power outage.
Students who are interested in renewable energy.
Political candidates who are interested in meeting with their constituents in a relaxed atmosphere.
People who want to network with others and discuss sustainablility.
GLREA business and individual members.
Government employees who are looking for ways their community can be more sustainable, save tax payers money and reduce budget costs.
People who are interested in learning new methods of gardening, beekeeping, food preservation and other sustainable living topics.
People who are interested in community.
People who like homegrown Michigan music like Seth and Mae.
People who are interested in learning about alternative fuel vehicles.
People who like to have fun.
Real people come to the fair.
Are you one of them?
Where is the Fair?
Ingham County Fairgrounds
700 E Ash
Mason, MI
Is this event family friendly??
GLREA and GLEPE encourage the whole family to attend. In addition to valuable workshops for homeowners and business owners, there are activities for kids who love to learn. The Mason Police Department will be on hand Friday and Saturday with their Car Seat Safety Check and Give Away. Make plans to have your car seats checked for safety and come spend the day at the fair.
Can I bring my pet to the event?

GLREA follows the rules Ingham County Commissioners have set up for the county fair. Pets are not allowed during this event. During the event, no dogs or other pets shall be allowed outside of the owner’s personal/business vehicle.

Leader dogs for the blind, hearing dogs for the deaf, and, service dogs for other handicapped individuals are permitted in all areas at all times.

Am I allowed to bring a firearm to the event?


The Ingham County Board of Commissioners adopted Resolution #98-227 October 13, 1998 which revised the rules and regulations of the Ingham County Fairgrounds. Among other things, the resolution addresses fireworks, firearms and other weapons.


No person shall:

  1. Have in their possession or control any firearm, shotgun, pistol, rifle, slingshot, pellet gun, air rifle, fireworks or explosives within the Fairgrounds, unless approved by the Fair Board. This rule shall not apply to any law enforcement officer.
  2. Have in their possession or control any bow and/or arrow within the Fairgrounds except by prior written permission of the Ingham County Fair Board.

You may read the full resolution here: http://www.ingham.org/BC/BC/index/98-227.htm

2016 Fair Sponsors and Partners

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