All farmers and gardeners, new or experienced, young or old, commercial or backyard, are invited to bring the bounty and beauty of their crops and preserved foods to display at the Common Ground Exhibition Hall. Art, photos and crafts are also welcome.
The Exhibition Hall at the Common Ground Country Fair maintains one of the original intentions of agricultural fairs: to improve local farming by bringing farmers together to compare the outcome of their farming practices. The Exhibition Hall became a forum for teaching and learning about their successes and failures. MOFGA and the Common Ground Country Fair host an exhibition hall for this very reason.
All Maine farmers and gardeners are invited to display and share the bounty of their gardens: vegetables, fruits, grains and flowers, as well as canned products, fermented foods, eggs and dairy products. Handwork and crafts, paintings and photographs, and flower arrangements will create a fabulous panorama of color and creativity. We even welcome giant zucchinis and those amazing weird things that can come from your compost pile! Growers should follow organic practices, but organic certification is not required.
All entries in the exhibition hall are judged, not against one another but against, for example, the ideal for a particular tomato variety, pepper, jar of jelly or quilting technique. The judges’ comments are a great source of information and encouragement.
So please consider and plan to take part in this wonderful area of the Fair showcasing the wealth of our Maine agricultural output and artistic spirit. We’re looking forward to meeting you at the Fair.