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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 per shift, either the night before or the night after your 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.
  • Meal Times
    Continental Breakfast 6:30 - 9:00
    Full Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30
    Lunch 12:30 - 2:00
    Supper 6:00 - 7:30


  • Volunteers working 4 or more hours are invited to camp at the fairgrounds. Your Volunteer Confirmation email for each shift is required as proof of your eligibility to camp. You may use your earned night of camping either the night before or the night after your shift. 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.
    • Generators may not be used unless specifically permitted in a camping area’s rules & guidelines.
    • Cooking is only allowed in the designated areas with 1lb propane or butane cylinders. No solid fuel may be used without permission of the Fair Office. Any participant using cooking equipment must have an appropriate fire extinguisher with them.
    • Volunteers must take gray water to the holding tank.
    • 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.
    • 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!

View or download our Camping Policy for Volunteers and Fair Staff here – PDF


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MOFGA Volunteer Survey

Are you volunteering for the Common Ground Country Fair?

Thank you! The 2,000+ volunteers who make the Fair happen do everything from parking cars to coordinating logistics. With this amazing diversity, MOFGA is always working to improve support for our volunteers.

We want to hear from you! What worked well and what needs improvement? Please fill out this Volunteer Survey and we will refer to the information throughout the year as we plan for the 2020 Fair. 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