Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Fair Volunteers

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Fair Volunteer Benefits

One 4-hour shift:

  • One Fair Volunteer T-shirt
  • Fair Admission for the day you work
  • One meal at the Common Kitchen on the day you work
  • Camping privileges  – tent site (one night/shift)

For any additional 4-hour shifts you will receive:

  • One Fair Admission for each shift (max. three days admission)
  • One meal at the Common Kitchen for each shift you work
  • One extra night of camping per shift

Additional Benefits:

Sunday Shifts:

  • Volunteers who work at least one shift on SUNDAY are eligible for a raffle of “goodies” donated by Fair vendors held one or more times during the Fair on Sunday. Inquire with the Volunteer Check-In Tent for details.

Overnight & Parking Shifts:

  • The 7-hour Overnight Safety Patrol shift counts as two 4-hour shifts.
  • In addition to the standard benefits, volunteers working an overnight safety shift or in the parking lot for four or more hours receives a CGCF hat.

Volunteer T-Shirts: All volunteers at the Fair receive one of our classic organic cotton Fair t-shirts. If you are working multiple shifts you will pick up your shirt at your first shift. These shirts are custom sewn for the Common Ground Country Fair by Liberty Graphics and are made in the USA with 100% domestically grown organic cotton.


  • The meals provided for Fair staff and volunteers are prepared in the Common Kitchen by volunteers with ingredients generously donated by MOFGA members and supporters. Over the course of Fair set-up and Fair weekend through clean-up, thousands of meals are served.
  • You must have a meal ticket in order to enter the Common Kitchen dining area for a meal.
  • Meal ticket(s) are distributed by Area Coordinators to volunteers upon completion of each shift. Be sure to remember to get your meal ticket after your shift.


  • Volunteers working 4 or more hours are invited to camp at the fairgrounds. A Camping Permit, issued by the respective camping coordinator, is required. Your Volunteer Confirmation is required as proof of your eligibility to camp. Sites will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by the camping coordinators. Space permitting, volunteer camping is available in one of two areas: 
  • South Parking in the Southwest corner of the area. There are no water or electricity hook-ups for RVs. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate campers and RVs. Please see the Camping & Accommodations page for local options.
  • Communal Camping Tent behind Bicycle Parking by the Rose Gate.
  • All campers must abide by the following Camping Rules:
    • Volunteers may not engage in illegal activity on the Fairgrounds.
    • Pets are absolutely forbidden on Fairgrounds or in the camping areas at any time.
    • No campfires.
    • To minimize impact, campers must stay on marked paths in the primitive camping area.
    • There are no electrical or water hook-ups in any of the camping areas.
    • Use port-a-potties or the latrine in the camping area. Do not go to the bathroom in the woods.
    • Quiet time is from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Volunteers may set up in the primitive campsite area between 8:00 a.m. and dusk only. Set-up in the South Parking Lot may take place at any time.
    • Volunteers must take gray water to the holding tank.
    • Common Ground Country Fair assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen items.
    • Volunteers must stay off the Fairgrounds between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
    • Members of the CGCF Safety Team are authorized to ask volunteers for identification in the form of volunteer confirmation cards. Safety Team members represent the CGCF and MOFGA in determining whether certain persons and/or their conduct is permitted to be on the fairgrounds. Any person not abiding by established Fair guidelines may be asked to leave the fairgrounds by the Safety Officer in charge, the Fair Director or a Waldo County Deputy.
    • Please carry out what you carry in. Thanks!
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MOFGA Volunteer Survey

Did you volunteer for the Common Ground Country Fair?

First off, thank you so much for being part of the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association community, and for volunteering to help put on the 2018 Common Ground Country Fair! It was quite a success this year. We had at least 58,000 individual entrants over three days, with about 24,000 people entering on Saturday, our biggest day.

The Fair Office staff want to improve the volunteer experience, so thank you for being willing to take the time to fill out the Volunteer Survey. As you fill it out, supplemental questions will appear in a few places to ask for more detail, but it should only take about 10 minutes to give us your feedback.

We appreciate you very much, and hope that you come back to volunteer next year, and bring a friend!


– The Fair Office Staff: April, Anna, Tami & Andrew