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One of the most popular events in a Maine autumn is the Common Ground Country Fair. This year’s Fair, hosted by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), will take place from Friday, September 19th through Sunday, September 21st. Always the third weekend after Labor Day, the Common Ground Fair is held at 294 Crosby Brook Road in Unity just off from Routes 139/220. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate daily. Persons aged 65 and older may enter for $8 in advance and $10 at the gate and children under 12 and handicapped citizens are admitted for free daily. Those who can are welcome to ride their bicycle and receive $2 off admission price. There are park and pedal sites from some of the best bicycling routes to the fair available on the fair website. If you join the MOFGA you will receive free admission to all three days of the fair. Carpooling is also strongly encouraged and pets are prohibited from the grounds.
Keynote speakers are scheduled for each day at 11 AM discussing topics of interest to farmers, homesteaders and fair goers alike.

The poster for the 2014 Common Ground Country Fair features medicinal herbs and was created by artist Kate Seaver. Her selected design is featured on the Fair poster, website, T-shirt and promotional literature. Ms. Seaver received $1,000 and is featured in MOFGA's quarterly newspaper, The Maine Organic Farmer and Gardener, and in various press announcements
MOFGA offers lots of fun and educational things for school groups to do at the Fair and fair gates are always open to school groups of any grade level, including homeschoolers, and their teachers and chaperones for free on Fridays. The school group entrance closes at noon on Fridays.
Activities and events planned for this year’s fair include a 5K Foot Race, Donkey and Mule Show, Draft Horse Show, Harry S. Truman Games, Fleece Show, Sheep Dog Demonstrations and a Public Policy Teach-In. Musical performances will take place each day featuring folk, Americana, cajun, Indie folk, bluegrass, swing, vaudeville and more.
Demonstration, exhibitions and farm activities for all ages take place throughout each day of the fair. Farming, gardening, forestry, livestock, cooking with herbs, health and whole life, environment, community and education are all topics on the schedule of events.
Almost the entire Common Ground Country Fair is held outdoors in the open or under cover in a tent or barn. Attendees are sure to spend a lot of time outside and moving from place to place. Comfortable footwear and preparation for the elements to best enjoy a healthy and busy day are encouraged.
The MOFAG Common Ground Country Fair is an event like no other bringing together people from every walk of life all in the spirit of celebrating the rural and agricultural traditions of Maine. Advance tickets are available locally at Endless Herbs and Natural Foods at 134B Main Street in Newport and Mac’s Hardware at 289 School Street in Unity.
An online fair schedule can be found at