UNIT – The Common Ground Common Fair is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, September 23-25, at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road.
This year the fair has 66 different areas where visitors can participate in educational talks, demonstrations and performances. Farmers and gardeners can find a wide range of lectures on topics such as urban beekeeping, growing figs in Maine, and seed saving.
Families can experience a variety of activities, from the iconic sheepdog demonstration to haystack jumping to the bicycle parade. There will be a dedicated space for holistic living, another for policy advocacy and another for do-it-yourself hacks.
People can admire garden specimens of all kinds on display in the showroom, including giant gourds and vegetable oddities, homemade baked goods and children’s apple pie contests.
They can support Maine makers at the exhibit tents and two farmers markets, and return home with unique, handcrafted artwork and Maine-produced food.
People can also work a volunteer shift. The fair wouldn’t take place without the support of thousands of volunteers who help park cars, sort compost and recycling, work in the Country Store, and more, according to a press release from the association.
Those struggling to decide how to spend a day at the fair or want a pro tip, view and download sample itineraries or sign up to volunteer at the event; review all available volunteer shifts on MOFGA’s Vomo website mofga.vomo.org. In exchange for a four-hour shift, volunteers receive free admission that day, a classic fairground t-shirt and a meal in the communal kitchen supplied by volunteers.
Advance tickets are on sale through Wednesday, September 21 on the MOFGA website. Fairgoers will receive their tickets by email and can download them to a smartphone or print them out to scan at the door. Visitors without internet access can purchase tickets at the Maine Organic Marketplace in Freeport. Starting September 22, tickets are full price during the event.
For more information and a full schedule, visit mofga.org/the-fair.
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