By Katie Collins, Events Coordinator 

Custer, WI: The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is hosting The 32nd Annual Energy Fair at our headquarters in Custer, WI, the weekend of June 23-25, 2023.

The Energy Fair is not just an educational event; the Fair also provides a festival-style music schedule that includes seven music acts performing throughout the weekend between two stages. Friday, June 23rd, will feature Fair favorites Patchouli & Terra Guitarra at 2 p.m. on the Forest Stage with their sparkling vocals and beautiful harmonies. At 6 p.m. Genevieve Heyward and her backup band will stun you with moody and sultry music featuring Heyward’s unique and rich voice. Then head over to the Main Stage to enjoy the explosive energy and soulful sounds of Nur-D at 8 p.m. to dance the night away.

Come back on Saturday to experience L.A.-based hip-hop artist, Emmitt James, who was a semi-finalist in the Adidas Originals Sound Lab grant competition. This day will also feature Forward! Marching Band from Madison, who believes in using music to fuel social change and build community. Their playlist includes diverse tunes of pop, rock, folk, Latin, and New Orleans. Feel free to sing and dance along! Then find yourself back at the Main Stage for Tae & The Neighborly, a Wisconsin-based Soul-pop R&B group who will provide a dense show with inspiration for self-lovin’, world changing, and consideration!

Round out the weekend with Dead Horses on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Band member, Sarah Vos, shares, “Our music is about hope and joy, all while sharing an important message that you’re never alone in your battles.” Soak up the sun and be transported.

Music is just one form of entertainment offered at the unique event. Other notable offerings include a Clean Energy Career Fair, professional CECs for industry professionals, outdoor survivalist skills workshops, keynote speakers, electric vehicle demos, kid-friendly programming, and the list goes on. The Energy Fair’s diverse offerings are sure to delight audiences of all kinds. 

To bring clean energy and sustainable living education to the largest audience possible, the MREA works to keep admission prices low, and offers free entry to volunteers, kids 12 and under, and MREA members. Admission tickets and camping are on sale now at The Energy Fair happens rain or shine!    

About MREA: The MREA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization. Founded in 1990, the MREA promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration. Together with partners around the Midwest, we work to expand renewable energy adoption through innovative programs, renewable energy training, and educational events.    


Katie Collins, Events Coordinator 

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