Iron Range Earth Fest

Save the date - Sat. April 21, 2018

10th Annual Iron Range Earth Fest Celebration!

9th Annual Iron Range Earth Fest

Event Recap

The 9th Annual Earth Fest (Sat. April 22, 2017) welcomed nearly 1200 attendees, exhibitors and vendors, speakers and volunteers into a conversation about sustainability on the Iron Range.  The theme of Earth Fest 2017, Living Well on a Changing Planet, aimed to highlight the connections between personal, community and ecological wellness.  This theme was reflected in the many presentations at Earth Fest, in the missions of the exhibitors and vendors at Earth Fest, and in the Community Sustainability Initiative and Green Innovator’s Expo projects, and in the hearts and minds of everyone participated in this engaging annual community event!

Earth Fest 2017 featured:

  • 20 presentations and hands-on demonstrations on topics such as clean energy, local agriculture, personal wellness skills.  The Earth Fest 2017 keynote, David Abazs of Round River Farm, presented "The Future of Iron Range Food and Farming - Growing Local Food, Creating Local Jobs." This keynote discussion featured Abazs' research that shows how we could grow all of our own food regionally, both generating local jobs and keeping our food dollars local.
  • 78 exhibitors and vendors, featuring the new Earth Fest Marketplace at Messiah Lutheran. 
  • $2,200 awarded to 5 Community Sustainability Initiative projects.
  • 20 teams from several area schools showcased projects as part of the 2017 Green Innovator's Expo.
  • Low-waste initiatives to reduce waste in landfills through recycling and composting. 11,380 lbs. of glossy paper was collected to raise funds for the Mesabi East / VA / E-G Nordic Ski Team, and 2200 lbs. of e-Waste was recycled with a local business. 
  • 1200 Earth Fest participants.

See some pictures from Earth Fest 2017 on the IRPS Facebook Page.

Downtown Virginia Kick-Off - Friday, April 21

Seed: The Untold Story

6 PM - Hope Community Presbyterian (212 S. 5th Ave. Virginia)

Continue the conversation after the movie!

Stop by the Shop Coffeehouse/218 Taphouse (235 Chestnut St. Virginia)

Enjoy the music of Sam Miltich

25% at the Holiday Inn Express Mountain Iron for Earth Fest 2017 Attendees!

Come for the Earth Fest 2017 Kick-off in Downtown Virginia on Friday night (April 21), stay overnight in comfort and explore Earth Fest on Saturday (April 22)!

Present this coupon at check-in. 

What is Earth Fest?

The Iron Range Earth Fest, hosted by the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability, is a celebration of local traditions and practical resources for sustainable living in northeastern Minnesota.  The event offers opportunities to:

  • Explore how we can all strive to live in a more sustainable way at home and in our communities.
  • Learn about new and existing technological approaches as well as rediscover some of our long standing local traditions.
  • Tap into the knowledge of cutting edge experts as well as our local indigenous knowledge through exhibits, demonstrations, speakers and vendors.

An emphasis is placed on local products, local services, local foods, local entertainment, and our local wilderness.

Contests at Earth Fest

Each year the Annual Earth Fest is host two two competitions where the winners can win fabulous cash prizes. Click below to learn more how to enter this competitions.


Earth Fest 2016 Recap

Earth Fest 2016 (Sat. April 23 in Mountain Iron) welcomed over 800 attendees, exhibitors and vendors, speakers and volunteers into a conversation about sustainability on the Iron Range.  The theme of Earth Fest 2016, Living Local on a Changing Planet, was reflected in the many presentations at Earth Fest, in the missions of the exhibitors and vendors at Earth Fest, and in the Community Sustainability Initiative and Green Innovator’s Expo projects, and in the hearts and minds of everyone participated in this engaging annual community event!

Earth Fest 2016 featured:

  • 14 presentations on topics such as local food, energy, wildlife, sustainable design and local entrepreneurship.
  • 72 exhibitors and vendors.
  • $2,200 awarded to 4 Community Sustainability Initiative projects.
  • 20 teams showcasing projects as part of the 2016 Green Innovator's Expo.
  • Low-waste initiatives to reduce waste in landfills through recycling and composting, and 12,020 lbs. of glossy paper collected to raise funds for the Mountain Iron-Buhl Nordic Ski Team. 
  • 800 Earth Fest participants.

Earth Fest 2016 article from Resorts and Lodges.com!

See some pictures from Earth Fest 2016 on the IRPS Facebook Page.

Click here to download the Earth Fest 2016 Event Flyer.


Thank You Earth Fest 2016 Volunteers, Sponsors and Donors!

The Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability would like to thank all the volunteers who made Earth Fest 2016 possible.  Over 400 volunteer hours went into planning, set-up and activities during the day of Earth Fest.  The Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability would also like to thank the generous Earth Fest 2016 Sponsors and Community Sustainability Initiative Silent Auction donors.  Earth Fest could not happen without the generous support of these organizations and individuals!

Explore our website to learn more about Earth Fest 2016 Sponsors, Exhibitors and Vendors, Presentations and Speakers, music and food, and Community Sustainability Initiative contest and the Green Innovator’s Expo.


Earth Fest 2015 Recap

The 7th Annual Iron Range Earth Fest was held on Saturday April 18, 2015 in Mountain Iron, Minnesota.

Earth Fest 2015 Poster

Earth Fest 2015 Overview

The event was a great success! Attendees enjoyed 11 different presentations, 65 exhibitors/vendors, the local music of Rob Wheeler and food with local ingredients by From the Farm catering. Earth Fest 2015 also hosted the 2nd Annual Community Sustainability Initiative contest and the Green Inventors Expo, and it was a “Towards Zero Waste” event. The Iron Range Earth Fest would not be possible without passionate volunteers. In fact, over 550 volunteer hours went into Earth Fest 2015! Thank you to everyone who made Earth Fest 2015 a wonderful place to learn, share and connect!

The Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability could not host Earth Fest without the support of our generous sponsors! 

Check out photos from Earth Fest 2015 on the IRPS Facebook Page.