Join the Common Ground Country Fair Planning Team

May 31, 2022

MOFGA would love to have you join us as we plan the Common Ground Country Fair. Every facet of the Fair is driven by volunteers who give their time and energy to this annual celebration of rural living, from scheduling talks and reviewing applications to managing parking lots and more! Our area coordinators come from every walk of life to plan, organize and manage areas of the Fair throughout the year and are a great team to work with.

Throughout the Fair are areas in which we are looking for help and where you could make a difference. Please take a look! Current openings include:

  • Sign distribution: Store, distribute and retrieve signs around the fairgrounds before and after the Fair.
  • Parking lot set-up/clean-up: Stake and tie lines to define parking areas before the Fair; clean up stakes/twine once the Fair is over.
  • South Parking coordinator: Directing vehicles to proper areas in the South Parking Lot.
  • South Camping coordinator: Oversee the volunteer and vendor camping area in the South Parking Lot. Explain the rules, direct people to available sites and help people move gear to their sites.
  • Common Kitchen lead coordinator: Help with set-up and oversee prep cooks, dishwashers, kitchen cleanup, servers and check-in/meal-counting volunteers. Experience in food preparation and cooking preferred.
  • Common Kitchen support coordinator: Help with set-up, prep, cooking, dishwashing, kitchen cleanup, serving and check-in/meal-counting.
  • Crafts Area apprentice coordinator: Apprentice with the current coordinator in anticipation of taking on the coordinator role next year. Current role includes overseeing the jurying process for selecting craft vendors, handling all paperwork, creating the layout for the crafts area and being available during set-up and the Fair should any problems arise.
  • Livestock Area apprentice coordinator: Apprentice with the current coordinator in anticipation of taking on the coordinator role next year. Current role includes managing paperwork, overseeing volunteers in the area, controlling crowds near livestock, keeping fairgoers out of stalls, shoveling manure, lugging water, and ensuring safety in the area.

As the Fair evolves, new opportunities arise. If you would like to take a leadership role in producing our big annual celebration, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Caitlyn Barker, MOFGA’s community engagement coordinator, at [email protected] or 207-568-6046, or visit mofga.org/volunteer.

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