The humble Farmer

Border collie herding ducks
John Williams photo

Here’s a story from The humble Farmer, Robert Skoglund. For decades, Humble, as he’s known to be called, produced a well-known Maine-based radio show. During this time, Humble also staged shows at the Common Ground Fair. Humble said that he misses seeing his friends at the Fair and shared a memory that is characteristic of the witty, off-beat commentary that made him a local legend. 

“The best thing about the fair for me was being able to chat face to face with so many friends … I was telling my friend Dan about the Common Ground Fair. Everybody goes. Everyone enjoys watching the little dogs that herd the sheep. Dan said, ‘Ugh. Don’t ever get a border collie.’ He said that he was once with a bunch of dog walkers out in the woods and without noticing what had happened the border collies had herded all their owners together. They were all so close they were touching — shoulder to shoulder and chest to chest.” Humble added that the Common Ground Country Fair was “to my way of thinking the best fair ever.”

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