Two-day Tiny House Festival
August 17 and 18
By Keenan Emery
In the face of skyrocketing housing costs and a desire to be environmentally responsible, many people seek a different way of living: tiny houses. The movement has grown so large in Oregon that TinyFest NorthWest is hosting a festival Aug. 17 and 18 at the Polk County Fairgrounds to celebrate and learn about tiny living.
Affordable, mobile, minimalist, and environmentally friendly, tiny homes have seen a surge in popularity in the past few years. And why not? Tiny homes offer all the key amenities of larger living spaces, but at a fraction of the cost. In addition, most tiny houses are mobile and easier to maintain.
According to TheTinyLife.com, a tiny home is defined as a house consisting of 100 to 400 square feet. Tiny homes come in all shapes and sizes. They can be a classic small house, a converted school bus, a trailer, and everything in between.
Event organizer and tiny home dweller Renee McLaughlin said the tiny home movement is growing and the festival offers an opportunity for people to explore tiny homes and understand the movement.
“There are so many reasons to go tiny,” said McLaughlin. “Sometimes it’s financial or a desire to have a smaller carbon footprint. A lot of people want to get rid of the stuff that they have and focus more on relationships and experiences.” TinyFest NorthWest is a great way to meet like-minded people or get an insight into the tiny home lifestyle, she added.
The festival’s keynote speakers will be Alexis Stephens and Christian Parsons. They are the co-founders of Tiny House Expedition, filmmakers, DIY tiny house dwellers, and advocates. Their work includes the acclaimed educational docu-series, Living Tiny Legally.
“Alexis and Christian are celebrities in the tiny house community. They have the world’s most traveled tiny house on wheels, with over 54,000 miles across North America,” McLaughlin added.
This dynamic duo will be presenting at noon on both Saturday and Sunday. Viewings of Living Tiny Legally will be shown at 3 p.m. each day, followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers.
The event website is adding more speakers daily and includes topics like sustainability, minimalism, creativity, healthy living and natural living. The festival also will include food and music performances throughout the weekend and Simple Living Marketplace vendors.
For more information and to purchase tickets in advance visit www.TinyFest.events.