Self Reliance Festival will return to Camden

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On Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26, the Self Reliance Festival (SRF) will return to Camden for the fifth time. The festival will feature the hottest speakers and demonstrators in self-reliance to help concerned people learn how to build resilience into their lives through homesteading, reasoned prepping, and financial literacy. 

Unlike many other preparedness expos and festivals, SRF focuses on building personal stability through business ownership, transforming your home into a productive homestead (no matter where one lives), and tangible steps people can take to master new skills.

Organizers Nicole Sauce of Living Free in Tennessee and John Willis of Special Operations Equipment are delighted with the many lives that the Self Reliance Festival has changed through personal connections, new skill development, and basic business start-up concepts.

The Self Reliance Festival is dedicated to empowering individuals to live a more stable and self-reliant life. Sponsors believe that by cultivating relationships, developing homesteading abilities, improving financial literacy, enhancing situational awareness, and acquiring practical tactical skills, individuals can achieve greater stability and independence. Their goal is to provide a platform for individuals to access the knowledge and resources needed to achieve their personal goals. 

“People come from all over the country to Camden and find themselves standing next to someone who only lives a few miles away who has the same interests. We have seen people meet and get married, start businesses, and even launch local events after meeting at the Self Reliance Festival,” said Willis.

According to Sauce, this is not your daddy’s preparedness festival. “This is about community. The magic happens when we get together and become a network of doers. We stop talking about the ‘what ifs’ and start working to hold one another accountable,” Sauce said. “No one wants to come to the next Self Reliance Festival and not have something new to share. It would be embarrassing.”

With over 500 attendees, there will be plenty of things to see and do at the festival, including several off grid learning opportunities run by Tag from Life Done Free, Shawn Mills from, Paul Wheaton from, and Evan Dixon of Radio Made Easy.

For those concerned about security, Joel Ryals of FortressK9, Dana McClendon of Tactical Response, and Mike Shelby of Forward Observer have you covered with presentations on developing situational awareness, defending against the three most likely attacks, and easy ways to increase the security of your home.

All the presentations, vendors, and event activities are listed at, which will be held at 4631 Hwy. 70 E. in Camden. Tickets are normally $100 per person, but early bird pricing of $75 is available through Wednesday, Feb. 22. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Sauce at [email protected].

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