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Fair News – Winter 2002-2003

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Fair News – Winter 2002-2003

Fair Display
Jean English photo.


Thanks for a Wonderful Fair!
Thanks to Advance Sale Ticket Outlets
Thank You For Supporting the Common Kitchen!
2002 Fair Winners

Thanks for a Wonderful Fair!

By Heather Spalding, 2002 Fair Director

We had a great Fair once again this year and the volunteers who pulled it all together deserve tremendous thanks. We had a record year in attendance since we relocated the Fair to our home in Unity. Roughly 51,000 people came through the gates.

This was our fifth Fair in Unity, and by most accounts, we are really settling into our home. Fair coordinators and their respective crews of volunteer helpers are gaining experience and confidence in running their areas, and everything seems to be going much more smoothly from set-up through take-down.

We do have some challenges in store for next year however, and we are already starting to plan for them. The biggest priorities are to find additional coordinators for some key areas of the Fair. These include: Composting & Recycling; the Children’s Area; the Food Vendors’ Area; Entertainment; Audio/Visual Presentations; and Agricultural Demonstrations. If you are interested in getting more involved with the Fair Planning Team and possibly helping with one of these areas, please let us know! We would love to hear from you.

Another priority will be to build more benches and picnic tables where people can sit and relax. Each year we build a few, but we know we need lots more, especially as the crowd continues to grow.

It is a pleasure to work with all of the volunteers who make the Fair happen each year. Thank you so much for all you have done for the Fair and for MOFGA.

Here we go again!!!


Thanks to Advance Sale Ticket Outlets

Many thanks to all of the businesses that sold Advance Tickets to the 2002 Common Ground Country Fair. Selling tickets in advance is a great service to fairgoers who can walk right to the front of the line and spend all of their time at the Fair, not waiting to buy tickets. We hope that by selling Advance Tickets you got some new customers who have become regular customers. Ticket sales not only support the Common Ground Country Fair itself, but also contribute to many of MOFGA’s year-round programs, such as organic certification, apprenticeship, technical services and more. Best wishes for a successful business year. We hope to work with you again next year.

Jean English photo.

Allan’s Natural Foods, Sanford

Alternative Natural Food Markets, Bar Harbor
Apple Valley Books, Winthrop
Austin’s Fine Food & Wines, Auburn
Bangor Wine & Cheese Company, Bangor
Bath Iron Works - Recreation Association, Wiscasset
Beech Hill Farm, Mt. Desert
Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad, Unity
Belfast Co-Op, Belfast
Bicycle Bob’s Bicycle Outlet, Portsmouth, N.H.
Blue Hill Co-Op, Blue Hill
Bookmarc’s, Bangor
Books Etc., Portland
Books-n-Things, Bethel
Children’s Book Cellar, Waterville
Creative Resource Center, Portland
Earth’s Bounty, Lincoln
Endless Herbs & Natural Foods, Newport
Fare Share Coop Store, Norway
Fertile Mind Book Shop, Belfast
Good Food Store, Bethel
Good Tern Co-Op, Rockland
Grasshopper Shop, Bangor
Grasshopper Shop, Ellsworth
Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick
Hampden Natural Foods, Hampden
Hancock County Organic Growers, Orland
Happy Town Farm, Orland
Harvest Time Natural Foods, Augusta
Hussey’s General Store, Windsor
John Edwards Whole Foods Market, Ellsworth
Liberty Graphics, Liberty
Liberty Graphics Outlet Store, Boothbay Harbor
Lippincott Books, Bangor
Lois’ Natural Marketplace, Scarborough
Mac’s Hardware, Unity
Maine Audubon Society Store, Falmouth
Maine Coast Book Shop, Damariscotta
Maine General Medical Center For Health & Rehabilitation, Waterville
Maine Made Shop, Augusta
Maine Mountain Soap & Candle Company, Greenville
Mainescape, Blue Hill
Morning Dew Natural Foods, Bridgton
Morning Glory Natural Foods, Bath
Morning Glory Natural Foods, Brunswick
Mr. Paperback, Augusta
Mr. Paperback, Belfast
Mr. Paperback, Dover-Foxcroft
Mr. Paperback, Newport
Mr. Paperback, Skowhegan
Mr. Paperback, Waterville
Natural Grocer, Gorham
Natural Living Center, Bangor
Natural Living Center, Brewer
Nature’s Choice, Camden
Nature’s Pantry, Calais
New Morning Natural Foods, Biddeford
New Morning Natural Foods, Kennebunk
Nezinscot Farm, Turner
Patchwork Organic Gardens, Brunswick
Red Hill Natural Foods, Rumford
Rising Tide Natural Foods Coop, Damariscotta
River City Gallery, Bangor
Ron’s Variety, Waterville
Royal River Natural Foods, Freeport
Salsbury Hardware, Bar Harbor
Scribner’s Hardware, Rangeley
Silo Seven Bookstore, Bangor
Skillin’s Greenhouse, Brunswick
Skillin’s Greenhouse, Falmouth
Solar Market, Arundel
Spice of Life, Skowhegan
Spruce Bush Farm, Jefferson
Sunflours, Kingfield
The Berry Basket, Norridgewock
The Bookworm, Gorham
The Briar Patch, Bangor
The Feed Store, Thomaston
The Green Store, Belfast
The Morris Farm Trust, Wiscasset
The Natural Grocer, Newburyport
The Reading Corner, Rockland
The Store Ampersand, Orono
The Well Tempered Kitchen, Waldoboro
The Whole Grocer, Portland
Tom’s of Maine, Kennebunk
Uncas Farms Natural & Organic Food Market, Whitefield
Wooly Works, Alfred


Thank You For Supporting the Common Kitchen!

The crew in the Common Kitchen served more than 3,000 delicious meals this year. That’s correct – three thousand meals! Great job everyone. You really did a wonderful job keeping all the volunteers fueled up and ready to go. A special thanks goes out the following individuals, farms and businesses whose generous donations of organic, locally grown food made our volunteer meals healthy, tasty and affordable. We greatly appreciate your generosity!

4M Productions
Aucoin’s Concessions
Avena Botanicals
Axis Natural Foods, Inc.
Basil Barnes
Beech Hill Farm
Belfast Co-Op
Black Bear Food Guild
Black Crow Bakery
Bluebird Hill Farm
Borealis Breads
Caldwell Farm
Clayfield Farm
Curra Family Farm
Darthia Farm
Dick & Lillian Moon
Extremely Teeny Farm
Fiddler’s Green Farm
Food For All
Four Seasons Farm
Good Food Store
Good Tern Co-Op
Gramp’s Farm
Grandy Oats
Half Moon Farm
Hamilton Farm
Hampden Natural Foods
Happy Town Farm
Harvest Time Natural Foods
Hedgehog Hill Farm
Hidden Valley Farm
Hoof n’ Paw Farm
Horsepower Farm
John Piotti
King Hill Farm
Laughing Stock Farm
Levesque’s Organic Farm
Luce’s Maple Syrup
Maine Coast Sea Vegetables
Martha Gottlieb
Melissa BastienMOFGA
Morgan’s Mills
Morning Dew Natural Foods
Mysty Mountain Farm
Nature’s Choice
New Leaf Farm
Nezinscot Farm
Old Stage Farm
One Earth Farm
Part ’n Parcel Farm
Patchwork Organic Gardens
Peacemeal Farm
Peggy Connell & Family
R.B. Swan & Son, Inc.
Red Hill Natural Foods
Ricker Hill Orchards
Rising Tide Natural Foods Coop
Royal River Natural Foods
Sagadahoc MOFGA
Sand Hill Farm
Sewall’s Orchard
Shalom Orchard
State of Maine Cheese Co.
Straw’s Farm
Sweet Land Farm
The Salad Bowl
The Store Ampersand
The Whole Grocer
Tin Smith
Tom’s Organic Farm
Tuva Bakery
United Society of Shakers – Herb Department
Unity College Gardens
Webb Family Farm
Wendy Karush
Whitehill Farm
Willow Pond Farm
Wolfe’s Neck Farm
Woodcock Farm


2002 Fair Winners

Exhibition Hall

MOFGA Chapter Award – Waldo County Organic Growers
Most Educational Exhibit Award – Sagadahoc MOFGA Chapter
Biggest Cabbage – 13.5#, Herbert Birch of Coopers Mills
Biggest Zucchini – 19#, Kathy Long of East Blue Hill
Farm Booth Award & Most Attractive Booth Award – Harmony Hill Cooperative Gardens, Mary Denzer & Sharron Bailey of Woolwich
Tomatoes – Red Garden Peach, The Good Life Center of Harborside
Eggs – Joe and Su LaChance of Lyman
Garlic – N.Y. Early, Susan Kiralis of China
Potatoes – Ozette, Martha Gottlieb of Whitefield
Canned Goods – Dilly Beans, Ann Jackson of Fairfield
Photos – Newborn Feet in Mother’s Hands, Nayean Shedayh of Unity
Art – “Nakoma” painting, Laurie Proctor of Fairfield
Crochet – Cream Lunch Cloth, Sylvia Hachey of Dixmont
Quilts – Pink Baby Quilt, Julie Clark of Bradford
Crafts – Woven Rug, Pommy Hatfield of Chebeague Island
Fried Foods – Garden Peach Tomato, Janet Winslow of Union
Flowers – Cosmos, Hops & Zinnia Bouquet, Nancy Chandler of Phippsburg
Children’s Pie Contest – Sazannah Bailey, 5-1/2 years old, Smiley Pumpkin Pie
Sean Oshima, 8 years old, Honey Apple Star Wild Pie

Fleece Show

White Fine – 1st: Joe Miller
White Long – 1st: Joe Miller
Best White – Joe Miller
Colored Fine – 1st: Joe Miller
Colored Medium – 1st: Joe Miller
Colored Coarse – 1st: Elaine Cloutier; 2nd: – Pam Child
Colored Long – 1st: Pam Child; 2nd: Joe Miller
Dual Coated – 1st: Lyn Terronava; 2nd: Diana Laing; 3rd: Homoleski
Best Colored – Pam Child

Harry S. Truman Manure Toss

Men’s Throw for Distance
1st – Jessie Foote – 75 feet 8 inches
Women’s Throw for Distance
1st – Bonnie Quesnel – 27 feet 8 inches
Kid’s Throw for Distance
1st – Luke Sawyer – 17 feet 4 inches
Men’s Basket Toss
Clarke Atwell – 13.5#
Women’s Basket Toss
Winter Bell – 7.5#
Kid’s Basket Toss
Sean O’Brien – 5.5#

Donkey & Mule Fun Results

Class 1 – Jennet Donkeys
1st – Twilight, Claire Wallace
2nd – Chocolate Moose, Amanda Stinson
3rd – Rosie, Claire Wallace
4th – Jill, Claire Wallace
Class 2 – Mules 48” and Under
1st – Sugar, Claire Wallace
2nd – Molasses, Claire Wallace
Class 3 – Donkey Jumping
1st – Rosie, Claire Wallace
2nd – Molasses, Claire Wallace
Class 4 – Mules 48” & Under Jumping
1st – Molasses, Claire Wallace
2nd – Sugar, Claire Wallace
Class 5 – Obstacle Course, Donkeys
1st – Rosie, Claire Wallace
2nd – Jill, Claire Wallace
3rd – Chocolate Moose, Amanda Stinson
4th – Twilight, Claire Wallace

Ox Scooting Results

Friday September 20
Small Class
1st – Matt Farley
2nd – Kathy Littlefield
3rd – Tammy Chase
4th – Patty Staples
Mid Size
1st – Dwain Chase
2nd – Jon Daniel
3rd – Rodney Jennings
4th – Pat Chadwick
Large Class
1st – Greg Baker
2nd – David Littlefield
3rd – Wes Daniel
4th – Walter Shea
Twitching Class
1st – Wes Daniel
2nd – Jon Daniel
3rd – Dwain Chase
4th – Matt Farley
5th – Greg Baker

Saturday, September 21
Small Class
1st – Matt Farley
2nd – Patty Staples
3rd – Kathy Littlefield
4th – Tammy Chase
Mid Size Class
1st – Rodney Jennings
2nd – Jon Daniel
3rd – Dwain Chase
4th – Pat Chadwick
Large Class
1st – Wes Daniel
2nd – Greg Baker
3rd – David Littlefield
4th – Walter Shea
Twitching Class
1st – Wes Daniel
2nd – David Littlefield
3rd – Dwain Chase
4th – Jon Daniel
5th – Greg Baker
6th – Walter Shea
Sunday, September 22
Small Class
1st – Matt Farley
2nd – Patty Staples
3rd – Tammy Chase
4th – Kathy Littlefield
Mid Class
1st – Jon Daniel
2nd – Dwain Chase
3rd – Pat Chadwick
4th – Greg Baker
Outstanding Ox Teamsters Award
Jon Daniels

Poultry Contest Results

Best Large Fowl – Barred Plymouth Rock Cock, Ray Canning
Reserve Large Fowl – Silver Spangled Hamburg Pullet, Valerie Hatch
Best Waterfowl – White Call Hen, Judith Chadwick
Reserve Waterfowl – White Call Cock, Judith Chadwick
Best Bantam – Rhode Island Red Pullet, Ray Canning
Reserve Bantam – Black Rosecomb Cock, Fran Curtis
Show Champion – Rhode Island Red Pullet, Ray Canning
Reserve Show Champion – BlackRosecomb Cock, Fran Curtis
Best Turkey – Bronze Tom, Dick & Amy Royer
Best Pigeon – White Chinese Owl, D.J. Deigan
Junior Show
Champion Junior – Partridge Wyandotte Bantam Cock, Zack Armstrong
Reserve Champion Junior – Blue Wheaten Old English Cock, Abbie Royer
Champion Pheasant – Judith & Chris Chadwick

5K Foot Race

1st Place 19 & Under
Joe Staples, 14, 19:35/ Miriam Klien, 16, 23:20
2nd Place 19 & Under
Lief Trott, 15, 20:04
1st Place 20-29
Erik Wade, 24, 17:13/ Beth Scheller, 26, 23:08
2nd Place 20-29
Julia Davis, 22, 28:31/ Justin Dubois, 20, 29:27
1st Place, 30-39
Michael Griffin, 39, 18:07/ Michelle Dostie, 33, 24:15
2nd Place, 30-39
Nick Zandstra, 32, 18:30/ Amy Cole-Ives, 30, 26:16
1st Place, 40-49
Bruce Nicholson, 40, 17:47/ Lauren Murray, 42, 22:57
2nd Place, 40-49
Shaun Keenan, 40, 18:12/ Carol Manley, 48, 23:06
1st Place, 50-59
Conrad Gardiner, 52, 21:39/ Sharon Tisher, 51, 29:41
2nd Place, 50-59
Paul Yaks, 51, 22:21/ Donna Jean Pohlman, 51, 29:45
1st Place, 60-69
John Howe, 67, 23:28/ Louisa Dunlap, 62, 29:44
2nd Place, 60-69
Jeff Evans, 64, 26:05/ Marjorie Knuuti, 64, 45:19
1st Place, 70-79
Keith Curtis, 73, 26:02

Draft Horse Show

Judge – David Stevens

Evelyn Pike – Chichester, N.H.
Clayton & Winona Larrabee – Knox, Maine
Amanda Stinson – Bowdoin, Maine
Juan Carlow & Chris Boulier – Hartland, Maine
Nancy Jones – Berwick, Maine
Ansley Newton – Pownal, Maine
Patrick & Elaine Johnson – Albion, Maine
Paige Davis – North Berwick, Maine
Pete Stratton – Sidney, Maine
Claire Wallace – Ellsworth, Maine
Don Nickerson – Brooks, Maine

1. Buster – Larrabee – Shown by Winona
2. Ben – Larrabee – Shown by Sarah Overlock
3. Mike – Boulier – Shown by Rhonda
4. Prince – Newton
5. Sonny – Stratton
6. Jim – Carlow – Shown by Laurie
7. Willie – Johnson – Shown by Adam Henry
Grand Champion
Buster – Larrabee – Shown by Winona
1. Misty – Stratton
2. Princess – Stratton – Shown by Cathy Simmons
3. Aurura – Jones
4. Spring Brook Ellie – Davis
Grand Champion Mare
Misty – Stratton
Bred, Raised & Owned by Exhibitor
1. Buster – Larrabee – Shown by Winona
2. Princess – Stratton – Shown by Cathy Simmons
3. Misty – Stratton
Best Footed Horse
Spring Brook Ellie – Davis
Best Horse of the Show
Buster – Larrabee – Shown by Winona
1. Lou – Pike
2. Molasses – Wallace
3. Liz – Pike – Shown by Mr. Pike
4. Brown Sugar – Wallace – Shown by Ben
1. Chocolate Moose – Stinson
2. Twighlite – Wallace – Shown by Jessica
3. Jill – Wallace
1. Willy – Johnson – Shown by Adam Henry
2. Andy – Johnson – Shown by Donald Henry
Bareback Riding
1. Sonny – Stratton
2. Misty – Stratton – Shown by Cathy Simmons
3. Prince – Newton
4. Spring Brook Ellie – Davis
5. Jim – Carlow – Shown by Laurie
6. Mike – Boulier – Shown by Rhonda
7. Buster – Larrabee – Shown by Winona
8. Ben – Larrabee – Shown by Sarah Overlock
1. Sonny – Stratton
2. Misty – Stratton – Shown by Cathy Simmons
Barrel Racing (Drafts)
1. Ben – Larrabee – Shown by Sarah Overlock
2. Prince – Newton
3. Misty – Stratton – Shown by Cathy Simmons
4. Buster – Larrabee – Shown by Winona
5. Jim – Carlow – Shown by Laurie
6. Spring Brook Ellie – Davis
7. Sonny – Stratton
8. Mike – Boulier – Shown by Laurie
Pair in Harness
1. Buster & Ben – Larrabee – Shown by Clayton
2. Princess & Misty – Stratton – Shown by Cathy Simmons
3. Liz & Lou – Pike
4. Sonny & Sally – Stratton
5. Jim & Mike – Boulier & Carlow – Shown by Juan Carlow
Pair Scooting
1. Nickerson
2. Liz & Lou – Pike
3. Buster & Ben – Larrabee – Shown by Clayton
4. Sonny & Sally – Stratton
5. Jim & Mike – Boulier & Carlow – Shown by Juan Carlow
6. Misty & Princess – Stratton – Shown by Cathy Simmons
Single Twitching
1. Pike
2. Willie – Johnson – Shown by Adam Henry
3. Nickerson
4. Sonny – Stratton
5. Misty – Stratton – Shown by Cathy Simmons
6. Mike – Boulier – Shown by Rhonda
7. Buster – Larrabee – Shown by Clayton
8. Jim – Carlow – Shown by Chris Whitcomb
9. Spring Brook Ellie – Davis
Teamster of the Day
Evelyn Pike

Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization Show

This show was double judged. The first place winners are given for regular classes and Champion and Reserve for the other classes.

Standardbred in Hand Mare
Trusty Gate – Whitney Tulloch
Long Hill Soprano – Emma Ballou
Standardbred In Hand Geldings
Mountain Raven – Lori Pennell
Sky Hawk Lobell – Nancy Smith
Standardbred In Hand Championship
Champion – Trusty Gate – -Whitney Tulloch
Reserve – Sarah Guilman – Future Legacy
Novice Horse 2 Gait
Golden Rule – Michelle Clark
Yankee Jack – Denise Metayer
Senior Horse 2 Gait
Long Hill Soprano – Emma Ballou
Harolds Express – Caitlin Brennan
Junior Exhibitor 2 Gait
Long Hill Soprano – Emma Ballou
On Her Own – Jess Small
2 Gait Championship
Champion – On Her Own – Jess Small
Future Legacy – Kristy Palmer
Novice Horse 3 Gait
Penny – Jackie Young
Future Legacy – Sarah Guilman
Senior Horse 3 Gait
Trusty Gate – Whitney Tulloch (both judges)
3 Gait Championship
Champion – Trusty Gate – Whitney Tulloch
Reserve – Future Legacy – Sarah Guilman
Roadster Under Saddle
Golden Rule – Michelle Clark
Garnet Hanover – Sarah Marriner
2 Gait Equitation
Yankee Jack – Denise Metayer
Golden Rule – Michelle Clark
3 Gait Equitation
Trusty Gate – Whitney Tulloch
Dream Come True – Amber Lynn Bennington
Command Class
Long Hill Soprano – Emma Ballou
Jessa’s Angel – Rachel Woodman
Apache Moe – Michelle Godbout (both judges)
Hunter Over Fences
Future Legacy – Sarah Guilman (both judges)
Jumper Championship
Champion – Trusty Gate – Carissa Lizotte
Future Legacy – Sarah Guilman
Apache Moe – Michelle Godbout (both judges)
Pole Bending
Yankee – Kari Boynton
Barrels at a Trot
Dave’s Thunder – Greg Cuffey
Open Barrels Championship
Champion – Yankee – Kari Boynton
Reserve – Carissa Lizotte
Pleasure Driving Barrels
Harold’s Express – Lori Penell
Pleasure Driving
Ben Putnam – Sondra Day
Golden Rule – Michelle Clark
Pleasure Driving Reinsmanship
Golden Rule – Michelle Clark (both judges)
Pleasure Driving Championship
Champion – Sondra Day
Reserve – After the Gold – Greg Cuffey


2002 Poster