SolWest Renewable Energy Fair may bring to mind a car that runs on vegetable oil, but don't let that fool you. With oil prices skyrocketing, the fair brings cost-effective ideas and solutions to help reduce the amount of nonrenewable energy you use for your car, home and business. There will be loads of information, covering the basics and more.

The SolWest Fair at the Grant County Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday features 50 workshops and more than 50 exhibitors. A tour of the Prairie Wood Co-gen Plant is 11 a.m. Saturday. It is limited to 15 people and advance reservations are encouraged. Call (541) 575-3633 to reserve space. A special appearance by Carla Emery is at 5 p.m. Friday in the Sale Barn, and keynote speaker John Perlin will be in the Sale Barn at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The SolWest Electrathon is 11 a.m. each day on the Pavilion parking lot, featuring lightweight electric-vehicle racing.

Gates are open Friday from 1-7 p.m.; Saturday (family day) 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission for adults is $5 daily and $10 for the weekend; juniors (13-17) and seniors (60+) are $2 daily and $4 for the weekend; and family prices are $10 daily and $20 for the weekend.

For more information or to receive a SolWest Renewable Energy Fair book, call (541) 575-3633, e-mail or look on its Web site at

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