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Donkey and Mule Show

June 1, 2018 – Do you have a donkey? Or maybe a mule? Perhaps even a hinny? Bring your brayer to the Common Ground Country Fair Donkey and Mule Show on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 9 a.m. on.

Welcome Back, Tami

June 1, 2018 – We are excited to welcome back Tami Colburn for her third season as our Common Ground Country Fair assistant. Tami not only brings with her two full seasons of experience but a great work ethic and positive attitude. She will be answering phone calls for the Fair office and helping with many other tasks. Grateful to have you back Tami!

Ride a Bus to the Fair

June 1, 2018 – Most of us drive to the Common Ground Country Fair, resulting in slow traffic and high CO2 emissions. Carpooling and bicycling help reduce these problems immensely. Each year, we work to increase the number of buses that come to the Fair. Many of these are sponsored by Maine Adult Education programs. Consider contacting your local Adult Ed program at to see if it would sponsor a bus from your area (and then help them fill it!). Residents sign up, share the bus cost, pay a lower Fair entrance fee, ride to the Fair, are dropped at the gate, spend hours at the Fair and are bused home at the end of the day.

Information about pickup locations, days and times will be publicized closer to Fair time.

Join the Common Ground Country Fair Planning Team!

June 1, 2018 – We would love to have you join us as we plan the Common Ground Country Fair. Every facet of the Fair is shepherded by volunteers who give their time and energy to this annual celebration of rural living. Scheduling talks, reviewing applications, managing parking lots … our coordinators come from every walk of life to organize and plan for the Fair throughout the year. They do so much to contribute to the design and production of this extraordinary celebration, and they are a great team of people to work with and know.

MOFGA Volunteer Paul Schlein

June 1, 2018 – Paul Schlein says he’s never been a joiner, but during his eight years as the public information officer for the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC), he came to admire and respect the work that MOFGA does – attending and commenting at every BPC meeting as well as during rulemaking for bills concerning pesticides. So he joined MOFGA and its Public Policy Committee. Since then he has worked on public policy teach-ins at the Common Ground Country Fair along with other activities of that committee.


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