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Thanks for Another Great Fair!
The Common Ground Country Fair is more than a Maine tradition; it is a yearly trip to a vision of the world as it could be, and certainly as many who attend the Fair--myself included--would like it to be. It is our yearly fix of a wide assortment of ideas that we can ponder and work with until the next Fair. Once again the Fair illustrated and demonstrated opportunities to learn how we can incorporate sustainable living practices in our own lives. Roughly 45,000 fairgoers enjoyed the Fair. Vendors and demonstrators reported that the crowd was very participatory and engaged, making it one of the "best fairs ever" for them.
As always, additional coordinators for some key areas can spread the work during the year and during the Fair. I am sad when I hear that area coordinators didn't get out and enjoy the Fair. If you would like to become more involved with the Fair Planning Team, please let us know your favorite area and we'll let you know how you can help.
Being the Fair director, watching the transformation that takes place at MOFGA and working directly with the volunteers who make the Fair happen each year is an honor. Thank you for all your work at the Fair and during the whole year leading up to the next Fair. The 2004 Fair dates are September 24, 25 and 26, so mark your calendars now! I look forward to working with you to plan next year's Fair.
Donkey and Mule Show
The first Common Ground Country Fair Donkey and Mule show was held the afternoon of September 19, 2003, and was judged by Ansley Newton. Donkey entrants were Jenny and Chocolate Mousse, owned by the Stinsons; and Twilight, Jill and Tigger, owned by Claire Wallace. (Tigger is an adopted Bureau of Land Management wild burro.) The mule entrants were Molasses and Brown Sugar, owned by Claire Wallace; and Indiana Jones, owned by Jackie Perkins.
Donkey Halter Class
1 Chocolate Mousse, shown by Amanda Stinson
Mules under 48"
1 Molasses, shown by Claire Wallace
Mules over 48"
1 Indiana Jones, shown by Jackie Perkins
Donkey Coon Jumping
Coon Jumping originated in the southern United States, where raccoons were hunted with dogs and followed by riders mounted mainly on small mules, which could get through the brush and rough terrain more easily than a larger mount. When a fence was encountered, the rider dismounted and placed his coat or a blanket over the wire (to make it more visible), slipped through the fence, the mule jumped over it, and the rider got back on until the next fence. "Coon Jumping" generally came to mean jumping an animal that was led, and is often a way for a young or small donkey or mule to participate in a performance class (and is good exercise for the handler!)
1 Tigger, led by Claire Wallace
Mule Coon Jumping
1 Molasses, led by Claire Wallace 2 A tie between Indiana Jones, ridden by Jackie Perkins (except for their last attempt, when she led him), and Brown Sugar, led by Henrietta Beaufait
Obstacle Course, Ridden, Driven or Led
Twilight, driven by Claire Wallace; Jenny, driven by Jesica Stinson; Chocolate Mousse, driven by Amanda Stinson; Indiana Jones, ridden by Jackie Perkins; Brown Sugar, led by Claire Wallace, and Jenny and Mousse, driven as a team by Amanda and Jesica all were awarded firsts. This course had 4 obstacles: over the crossrails, through flags in small buckets and then backing up straight back through them, over a tarp between two saw horses, and over a piece of plywood. Using only the first two obstacles, the last class was:
Timed Obstacle Course
1 Brown Sugar, led by Claire Wallace (34 seconds)
Most Educational Livestock Exhibits:
Dwaine & Tammy Chase
Most Attractive Livestock Exhibits:
Small’s Dairy Farm, The Stinson Family
Special Friend of the Fair:
Steve Norton: Assistance with Oxen Demos
Outstanding Teamster of the Fair was Kathy Littlefield with Roscoe & Hiram
Place Name Team Name time hits inches total
1st Tammy Chase Amos & Andy 3:50 2 3 5
1st Jonathan Daniels Thunder & Lightening 3:14 1 4 5
1st Greg Baker Bud & Charlie 5:30 3 3 6
Place Name Team Name time hits inches total
1st Tammy Chase Amos & Andy 4:26 2 4 6
1st Dwaine Chase Salt & Pepper 4:26 0 2 2
1st David Littlefield Ike & Spike 3:40 0 1 1
Place Name Team Name time hits inches total
1st Pat Chadwick Tom & Jack 2:58 3 1 4
1st Dwaine Chase Salt & Pepper 5:52 1 2 3
1st David Littlefield Spike & Ike 3:31 2 0 2
2003 Fleece Show Results
Fine: 1st Joe Miller
1st – no first
1st Elaine Cloutier
1st Joe Miller
1st Elieen Homoleski
No White Show
–lack of entries
Food Area Ribbons:
With comments by our extraordinary food judge, Andrew Marshall, in quotes!
Best of Show: John’s Ice Cream -- Mint Ice Cream – "delightful"
Best New Food: Hub’s Thrill of the Grill/MR BBQ = Pork BBQ sandwich – "tasty & sumptuous"
Best Dessert: Pie Cones ™ -- Strawberry Cheesecake – "yum"
Best Vegetarian Food: Peace -- Vegetable Lo Mein – "sublime"
Honorable Mention: Orr’s Island Seafood Chowder -- "I know I’m back in Maine."
Social Political Action Area:
Best Educational Booth: MOFGA/El Salvador Project
Most Attractive Booth: Maine Council of Churches
Friend of the Fair: AFL/CIO
2003 Exhibition Hall Prizes:
354 1st Place Ribbons
333 1st Place Certificates
15 Judges Awards ($150.00 total)
303 2nd Place Ribbons
298 2nd Place Certificates
95 3rd Place Certificates
60 Participation Ribbons
No Quilt Premium
Winter Squash: Tome Vigue from Sidney with Futta Black winter squash
Fuits: Tom Vigue from Sidney with hardy kiwi (Mich. State)
Beans: Tom Vigue from Sidney with True Cranberry dry pole bean
Carrots: Janet Winslow from Union with Danvers 126
Cauliflower: Troy Howard Middle School with Snow Crown
Tomatoes: Amy LeBlanc from E. Wilton with Costoluto Genovese
Peter Garrett from Winslow with Garden Peach
Potato: Diane Wheeler from Winslow with Huckleberry
Dried Foods: Aquaterra Farm From Jackson with Ten Fingers of Naples
Dried Flowers: Amy LeBlanc from E. Wilton
Pumpkin: Monique Blais from New Sharon with Long Island Cheese pumpkin
Crafts: Sylvia Hachey from Dixmont with Crocheted Ecru Lunch Cloth
Paintings: Larry Dockins from Thorndike with "Attention Please"
Photo: Stephen Crowe from Smithfield with "two yellow kayaks @ Curtis Island, Camden, Maine"
Eggs: David Manski from Bar Harbor with one dozen brown eggs from Dominique & Delaware Heirloom Chickens
Largest Zucchini: Anne Warner from Dixmont with a 20-pounder
Largest Cabbage: Herbert Birch from Coopers Mills
Children’s Apple Pie Contest Winners:
Sean Oshima from Whitefield, age 9, with his "Star Apple Pie"
Sky Critchfield from S. Casco, age 12, with her "Sky’s Apple Pie"
Common Ground Country Fair 5k Foot Race Results
Overall winners and age group winners :
1st Overall, male: Todd Coffin, Freeport 16:04
1st Overall, female: Deb Moreau, Canton 20:39
2nd Overall, male: Gabe Rivard, Winthrop 17:03
2nd Overall, female: Brigid Franey, Saco 20:53
3rd Overall, male: Knud Hermanson, Old Town 17:18
3rd Overall, female: Margaret Jones, Bucksport 21:19
1st Overall, MOFGA male: Shaun Keenan, Somerville 18:01
1st Overall, MOFGA female: Niki Trudel, St. Francis 28:42
19 & Under:
1st, male: Danny Sortan, Winthrop 22:49
1st, female: Anna Morro, Waterville 25:37
2nd, male: Thomas Tripp, Winthrop 23:47
2nd, female: Lydia Reckendort, Dryden 30:32
1st, male: Peter Levi, Saco 17:28
1st, female: Jennifer Phelps, Burlington, Vt. 22:58
2nd, male: Jason Bigonia, Dover, NH 17:30
2nd, female: Kim Schotsky, Saco 23:02
1st, male: Michael Clapper, Bucksport 19:11
1st, female: Joelle Gueraid, York 22:40
2nd, male: Nick Zandstra, Topsham 19:46
2nd, female: Karen Stoughton, Cape Elizabeth 24:07
1st, male: Michael Griffin, Rockland 18:30
1st, female: Carol Manley, Washington 22:35
2nd, male: Bob Stuart, Salisbury, Mass 18:39
2nd, female: Covenna Coffin, Freeport 24:30
1st, male: Guy Berthiaume, Chelsea 18:23
1st, female: Diane Farrell, Augusta 26:17
2nd, male: Christopher Almy, Charleston 20:13
2nd, female: Varinna Flood, Belfast 26:19
1st, male: John Howe, Waterford 23:48
2nd, male: Jim Moore, Waterville 24:44
Complete listing of times and places for 5k foot race:
1) Todd Coffin 42 16:04
Common Kitchen 2003
Another wonderful Common Ground Fair has come and gone. This is my 27th as a volunteer and 14th as a co-coordinator of the Common Kitchen, and this was our best year ever! We added two new co-coordinators: Patti Hamilton planned breakfast the three days of the Fair and transformed our wholesome but boring breakfast fare into an exciting food experience. Don't miss it next year. Madeline Cantwell, the second new volunteer coordinator, provided Sunday's meals and pulled off a spectacular lunch with very few volunteers. Yeah, Madeline!
Our farmer donors were very generous this year, and every year it becomes easier to find veggies, as there are more certified growers. It's a good thing (now where have I heard that before)? The Fair Food Vendors were also very generous in our times of need, and a huge thanks goes out to anyone who slipped goods into the kitchen without getting written down on this list!
The kitchen served 3193 counted meals from Thursday through Sunday and countless other meals, mini meals and snacks for set-up and clean-up. If you are wondering where to volunteer next year, come work in the kitchen, it's the BEST!
For 2004 we will be fine-tuning our menu and expanding the variety of items offered by reaching out to more folks and farmers statewide earlier in the year. So when we call, please be generous. Your donations are tax deductible and you are supporting agricultural sustainability and a safe food supply for the future.
Common Kitchen Coordinators:
The Salad Bowl
Black Crow Bakery -- Litchfield
Levesque's Organic Farm -- Leeds
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