I am a sucker for a fair of any kind. This fair, however, knocks my socks off. The Common Ground Fair is sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and is always held the third weekend after Labor Day. MOFGA is the voice of organic farming in Maine, and the Common Ground Fair is the annual celebration of Green living. Held at MOFGA grounds in Unity, Maine, attendees will enjoy the ride there, for one, but also an amazing assortment of vendors. All food is organic and Maine grown. One can learn about any form of alternative energy, find information on causes of many descriptions, see demonstrations of working animals (the sheep herding dogs are a personal fave), learn a LOT about gardening from master gardeners, and basically enjoy a day at a fair of a different color. There is no midway at the Common Ground, no rides, no barkers. There ARE, however, all the other elements of a country fair and then some — amazing post and beam structures, food (I can’t say enough good about the food), artisans and craftsmen, animals, demonstrations, a farmers market, and a good time for all.
To get to the fair, drive, ride your bike and save $2 off admission, camp overnight, ride the train from Unity to the fairgrounds. It’s more than a fair, it’s an experience.
Photo credit: Allison McKellar