Planning Your Visit

The Common Ground Country Fair will be in person at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine, on September 23, 24 and 25, 2022. The fairgrounds are open Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MOFGA’s annual celebration of rural living features 1,000-plus exhibitors and speakers, and emphasizes vibrant communities, sustainable living and local economies, while highlighting organic agriculture.

To see a detailed 2022 Common Ground Country Fair map and to find ways you can participate at the Fair, check out the Explore the Fair webpage.

Tickets are now available to purchase online!  

Fair Admission Fees:

Please note that ticket prices are per day and purchased tickets are non-refundable.

MOFGA members receive a 10% discount on advance ticket purchases, and members starting at the $40 level receive complimentary Fair tickets. Learn more about MOFGA membership!

We welcome school groups to attend the Fair for free if they enter through the School Gate on Friday, September 23 between 9 a.m. and noon.  The school gate is located at the Rose Gate entrance on the North side of the fairgrounds.

 To help us better prepare we ask that all school groups register. Pre-registration is currently closed, but school groups can still register day of at the gates. 

We will have mileage reimbursement available.  To receive the reimbursement, you will complete a form that will be emailed out after the Fair to all schools who signed in at the school gate. 

As you plan your visit, you can find lots of information on our website. Your class might be interested in visiting the Exhibition Hall to see produce grown in school gardens (look for the “School Garden Grown” label) or maybe even submitting some produce of their own! Please note that the Exhibition Hall will be closed for judging from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday.  Some students might like to participate in testing a mobile game about STEM in rural areas — check it out in the Low-Impact Forestry area.  No matter what subjects or activities interest your students, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Fair.   

Please email Anna Libby at [email protected] with any questions.

MOFGA provides free admission to the Fair for persons with disabilities, as well as free admission for one aid per person with disabilities.

The Common Ground Country Fair is located on 250-plus acres of fields, woods and hills in rural Maine. Most of the Fair exhibits and activities take place within a 40-acre parcel around the main building. While we make efforts to accommodate fairgoers with mobility challenges, we want people to recognize that there are parts of the property that may be difficult to access for individuals in wheelchairs or who are dependent on canes or walkers. People with such challenges find it helpful to come with assistants who can help them get around.

Here are some tips to help you plan your visit:

  • Parking — We provide handicapped parking spots in both the North and South Parking Lots.
  • Handicapped parking in the North Lot (on the Unity side of MOFGA’s property) is near the ticket gates.
  • Handicapped parking in the South Lot (on the Thorndike end of MOFGA’s property) is near the tractor-pulled wagon shuttle, which transports fairgoers to the ticket gates on the south end of the fairgrounds.
  • Please note that capacity in the handicapped areas is not without limits.
    These areas do fill up on occasion. Our volunteer parking crew monitors the handicapped parking areas continually to fill spaces as they open up. Saturday is generally our busiest day, depending on the weather, so you might consider coming on Friday or Sunday.

Grounds and Walkways — The fairgrounds are expansive. Getting from point A to point B can take some time, especially when there are lots of people walking along with you. It’s a good idea to look at the fairgrounds map when planning your schedule for the day. There is a paved ring road that encircles The Common, the Exhibition Hall and several of the main vendor/exhibitor areas of the Fair. This road has a smooth surface and provides access, or at least a vantage point, to most areas of the Fair. This is the only paved surface on the grounds. The majority of the grounds is comprised of either turf or dirt walkways, which we attempt to keep free of rocks and divots.

Restrooms — There are handicap-accessible facilities in the bathrooms in the main building, next to the Exhibition Hall, and in the restrooms on the west side of the fairgrounds near the Poultry Barn. We also have handicap-accessible port-a-potties in several locations around the grounds. See the map in the Fairbook for specific locations.

Assistance — Please note, we do not have carts or wheelchairs available for individual fairgoer use. Members of our volunteer safety team provide assistance for fairgoers who are in distress.

Service Animals — Dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability are welcome on the Fairgrounds.

Note about RVs: We do not have room for RVs in our parking lots and are therefore requiring all RVs to be parked at the independently operated Farwell’s Corner Campground. The location is only 3/4 of a mile from the Fairgrounds and there will be a shuttle. The address is 479 Town Farm Road in Unity 04988. Consider biking to the Fair from this location.

Accommodation Suggestions for the Common Ground Country Fair

The following list includes a wide range of accommodation options for vendors, volunteers and fairgoers. Neither MOFGA nor the Common Ground Country Fair assumes any responsibility for reservations, accommodations or overall experiences at any of the establishments listed below. Any business relationship established between any vendor, exhibitor, volunteer or fairgoer, and any proprietor of any listed establishment is made independently of MOFGA and the Common Ground Country Fair. All phone numbers have a 207 area code unless otherwise indicated. For updates or corrections, please contact [email protected]

Camping Within a Few Miles of MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair Grounds (listed in order of distance away from MOFGA)

  • Farwell’s Corner Campground, Unity RV, tent or camper, and for those wishing to stay at the Fair for the weekend. Located 1.25 miles from MOFGA’s fairgrounds at 479 Town Farm Road in Unity. You can walk, bike or take the mini-shuttle to the Fair. Phone: 274-7590. Starts taking reservations in August.
  • Bioregional Conservancy Retreat (BCRT) — Thorndike Camping — families welcome, yurts for rent, self-contained RV’s Indoor and outdoor facilities including showers, trails, food forest tours, and pasture for large animals upon request. Visitors who are looking for a farm experience are welcome to participate in farm chores, milking, feeding, gardening, apple harvest, and construction. Founders of the Food Forest Project, reservations requested. Ask for Roger or Martina. [email protected]; phone 207-568-3139
  • The Homestead Air B&B, Unity. Call Amy at 207-949-3505. 
  • Waterfront Camp/Cottage on Unity Pond 6 miles from the Fair located on Horseback Road on Unity Pond. Sleeps up to 8 people. Ask for Linda. Phone: 207-314-1218 E-mail: [email protected]
  • Unity Guesthouse: 2 stories, on 100-plus acres. 2 bedrooms plus loft, sleeps 1-9, full bath, kitchen, heat, Wi-Fi, between two Hills-to-Sea hiking trails. Available May-Oct. Photos: http://tinyurl.com/zwrcomc Contact Julia, email: [email protected], 909-621-0720. Booked for 2022 Fair but other dates available.
  • Cabin – Thorndike heated cabin (2015) with a full bath, hot water on demand, sitting area and 2 bedrooms, one with a bunk bed sleeping a total of four people. Five minutes away from the Fair. Ask for Jon Laitin, 207-877-5880 or Martha Laitin, 207-323-2368. Website: www.thorndikecabin.com
  • Check out TENTRR for areas close to the Common Ground Country Fair Fully equipped campsites on beautiful, private land that are pet friendly and already set up. Sites only hold one group at a time and can have a maximum capacity of 14 people. Contact: Laurel at 888-798-9093, or [email protected] Website: www.tentrr.com
  • Deering Acres Campground Primitive tenting and room for self-contained RVS. No hookups. Located in Brooks, just 10 miles from the Common Ground Country Fair. 90 Veterans Highway (Route 7). Contact Kimberly Wood. Phone: 207-332-3751 Email: [email protected]
  • Royer Valley Farm Located in Brooks, Maine, and owned by Dick and Amy Royer, has 53 acres of woods and 20 acres of open space that can be utilized for rustic camping. Outhouses and hand wash stations are available onsite. All campers must book their stay through one of the rental sites listed below
  • Goose Ridge Yurts Yurt for rent 15 minutes from fairgrounds in North Montville. Ask for Kim or Glen Widmer. Phone: 382-6034 Website: https://www.facebook.com/gooseridgeyurts/ E-mail: [email protected] and/or [email protected]
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  • Large wilderness cabin on Hogback mountain in Montville Can sleep up to 5 people with extra sleeping bunks in the carriage house. Convenient to fairgrounds off Rt. 220 in Montville. Convenient to fairgrounds and quick access to Hills to Sea Trail. Contact Kay or Hurley for reservations Phone: 207-631-1023 
  • Green Valley Campground — Vassalboro Phone: 207-923-3000 Website: www.greenvalleycampground.us
  • Summer home, 3 miles from MOFGA on Lake Winnecook (Unity pond) Two bedrooms (1 queen and 1 double), kitchen, living room, bath, and screened porch overlooking the lake. Non-Smoking and no pets. Full for 2022 Fair. Phone: 207-745-2932. E-mail: [email protected]
  • RV site with patio, electricity, and water hookup. Located approx. 3 miles from MOFGA on Lake Winnecook (Unity pond).  Phone: 207-745-2932 E-mail: [email protected]
  • Sunset Pines Cottages — on China Lake in China (18.2 miles from MOFGA) For more information, contact Nick. Please leave your name, return number, email and a detailed message regarding your needs/request. Email: [email protected] Phone: 207-968-2197

Accommodations in Waldo County and the Midcoast Area

For additional help, call the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce at 207-338-5900.

Accommodations in Montville/Searsport (30-40 minutes from Fairgrounds, 5-10 minutes north of Belfast)

Accommodations in Waterville Area For additional help contact the Waterville Area Chamber of Commerce at 207-873-3315.

Waterville/Fairfield (~30 minutes west)

Oakland/Belgrade (~40-50 minutes west)

Skowhegan and Dexter (~50 minutes northwest and north)

Accommodations in Bangor Area (~45 minutes from Unity)

For additional help contact the Bangor Area Chamber of Commerce at 207-947-0307.

Pet Kennels — please see “Pet Policy” tab above.

Pets are strictly prohibited from the fairgrounds, parking lots (including parked cars) and camping areas.

If you are traveling long distance with your pet(s), please contact a pet kennel in the area. Here are some suggestions:

  • It’s Raining Cats & Dogs – 16 miles W – 340 Albion Rd, Benton, ME 04901-3645 (207) 453-9490; Closed Wednesdays.
  • Sebasticook Farms Kennel – 21 miles N – 460 Hartland Ave #2, Pittsfield – (207) 487-3168
  • Willow Run Bed, Biscuit & Bath – Route 27, Belgrade – (207) 495-3596. Closed Tuesdays. Website is the best way to book: https://willowrunfordogs.com
  • Canine Country Club – 1 Canine Lane (Route 1), Northport – (207) 338-8300. Best way to book is online – https://caninecountryclub-me.com – or via email [email protected]
  • Country Kennel – Bangor – (207) 945-9221
  • Green Acres Kennel Shop – Bangor – (207) 945-6841
  • Puddleduck Boarding Kennel – Morrill – (207) 342-5888, https://www.puddleduckboardingkennel.com/
  • Firefly Kennel – Dixmont – (207) 234-3566, https://www.fireflykennel.com/ 
  • Paw Print Pet Lodge at Stillwater Farm – Hope – (207) 763-4444, http://pawprintpetlodge.com/ 
  • Sit & Stay Inn Pet Boarding – Stockton Springs – (860) 930-3696, https://sitstayinn.com/ 
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Service animals, dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, are welcome on the Fairgrounds.

School Groups

We welcome school groups to attend the Fair for free if they enter through the School Gate on Friday, September 23 between 9 a.m. and noon.  The school gate is located at the Rose Gate entrance on the North side of the fairgrounds.

 To help us better prepare we ask that all school groups register. Pre-registration is currently closed, but school groups can still register day of at the gates. 

We will have mileage reimbursement available.  To receive the reimbursement, you will complete a form that will be emailed out after the Fair to all schools who signed in at the school gate. 

As you plan your visit, you can find lots of information on our website. Your class might be interested in visiting the Exhibition Hall to see produce grown in school gardens (look for the “School Garden Grown” label) or maybe even submitting some produce of their own! Please note that the Exhibition Hall will be closed for judging from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday.  Some students might like to participate in testing a mobile game about STEM in rural areas — check it out in the Low-Impact Forestry area.  No matter what subjects or activities interest your students, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Fair.   

Please email Anna Libby at [email protected] with any questions.

Fairgrounds Accessibility

MOFGA provides free admission to the Fair for persons with disabilities, as well as free admission for one aid per person with disabilities.

The Common Ground Country Fair is located on 250-plus acres of fields, woods and hills in rural Maine. Most of the Fair exhibits and activities take place within a 40-acre parcel around the main building. While we make efforts to accommodate fairgoers with mobility challenges, we want people to recognize that there are parts of the property that may be difficult to access for individuals in wheelchairs or who are dependent on canes or walkers. People with such challenges find it helpful to come with assistants who can help them get around.

Here are some tips to help you plan your visit:

  • Parking — We provide handicapped parking spots in both the North and South Parking Lots.
  • Handicapped parking in the North Lot (on the Unity side of MOFGA’s property) is near the ticket gates.
  • Handicapped parking in the South Lot (on the Thorndike end of MOFGA’s property) is near the tractor-pulled wagon shuttle, which transports fairgoers to the ticket gates on the south end of the fairgrounds.
  • Please note that capacity in the handicapped areas is not without limits.
    These areas do fill up on occasion. Our volunteer parking crew monitors the handicapped parking areas continually to fill spaces as they open up. Saturday is generally our busiest day, depending on the weather, so you might consider coming on Friday or Sunday.

Grounds and Walkways — The fairgrounds are expansive. Getting from point A to point B can take some time, especially when there are lots of people walking along with you. It’s a good idea to look at the fairgrounds map when planning your schedule for the day. There is a paved ring road that encircles The Common, the Exhibition Hall and several of the main vendor/exhibitor areas of the Fair. This road has a smooth surface and provides access, or at least a vantage point, to most areas of the Fair. This is the only paved surface on the grounds. The majority of the grounds is comprised of either turf or dirt walkways, which we attempt to keep free of rocks and divots.

Restrooms — There are handicap-accessible facilities in the bathrooms in the main building, next to the Exhibition Hall, and in the restrooms on the west side of the fairgrounds near the Poultry Barn. We also have handicap-accessible port-a-potties in several locations around the grounds. See the map in the Fairbook for specific locations.

Assistance — Please note, we do not have carts or wheelchairs available for individual fairgoer use. Members of our volunteer safety team provide assistance for fairgoers who are in distress.

Service Animals — Dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability are welcome on the Fairgrounds.

Camping and Accommodations

Note about RVs: We do not have room for RVs in our parking lots and are therefore requiring all RVs to be parked at the independently operated Farwell’s Corner Campground. The location is only 3/4 of a mile from the Fairgrounds and there will be a shuttle. The address is 479 Town Farm Road in Unity 04988. Consider biking to the Fair from this location.

Accommodation Suggestions for the Common Ground Country Fair

The following list includes a wide range of accommodation options for vendors, volunteers and fairgoers. Neither MOFGA nor the Common Ground Country Fair assumes any responsibility for reservations, accommodations or overall experiences at any of the establishments listed below. Any business relationship established between any vendor, exhibitor, volunteer or fairgoer, and any proprietor of any listed establishment is made independently of MOFGA and the Common Ground Country Fair. All phone numbers have a 207 area code unless otherwise indicated. For updates or corrections, please contact [email protected]

Camping Within a Few Miles of MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair Grounds (listed in order of distance away from MOFGA)

  • Farwell’s Corner Campground, Unity RV, tent or camper, and for those wishing to stay at the Fair for the weekend. Located 1.25 miles from MOFGA’s fairgrounds at 479 Town Farm Road in Unity. You can walk, bike or take the mini-shuttle to the Fair. Phone: 274-7590. Starts taking reservations in August.
  • Bioregional Conservancy Retreat (BCRT) — Thorndike Camping — families welcome, yurts for rent, self-contained RV’s Indoor and outdoor facilities including showers, trails, food forest tours, and pasture for large animals upon request. Visitors who are looking for a farm experience are welcome to participate in farm chores, milking, feeding, gardening, apple harvest, and construction. Founders of the Food Forest Project, reservations requested. Ask for Roger or Martina. [email protected]; phone 207-568-3139
  • The Homestead Air B&B, Unity. Call Amy at 207-949-3505. 
  • Waterfront Camp/Cottage on Unity Pond 6 miles from the Fair located on Horseback Road on Unity Pond. Sleeps up to 8 people. Ask for Linda. Phone: 207-314-1218 E-mail: [email protected]
  • Unity Guesthouse: 2 stories, on 100-plus acres. 2 bedrooms plus loft, sleeps 1-9, full bath, kitchen, heat, Wi-Fi, between two Hills-to-Sea hiking trails. Available May-Oct. Photos: http://tinyurl.com/zwrcomc Contact Julia, email: [email protected], 909-621-0720. Booked for 2022 Fair but other dates available.
  • Cabin – Thorndike heated cabin (2015) with a full bath, hot water on demand, sitting area and 2 bedrooms, one with a bunk bed sleeping a total of four people. Five minutes away from the Fair. Ask for Jon Laitin, 207-877-5880 or Martha Laitin, 207-323-2368. Website: www.thorndikecabin.com
  • Check out TENTRR for areas close to the Common Ground Country Fair Fully equipped campsites on beautiful, private land that are pet friendly and already set up. Sites only hold one group at a time and can have a maximum capacity of 14 people. Contact: Laurel at 888-798-9093, or [email protected] Website: www.tentrr.com
  • Deering Acres Campground Primitive tenting and room for self-contained RVS. No hookups. Located in Brooks, just 10 miles from the Common Ground Country Fair. 90 Veterans Highway (Route 7). Contact Kimberly Wood. Phone: 207-332-3751 Email: [email protected]
  • Royer Valley Farm Located in Brooks, Maine, and owned by Dick and Amy Royer, has 53 acres of woods and 20 acres of open space that can be utilized for rustic camping. Outhouses and hand wash stations are available onsite. All campers must book their stay through one of the rental sites listed below
  • Goose Ridge Yurts Yurt for rent 15 minutes from fairgrounds in North Montville. Ask for Kim or Glen Widmer. Phone: 382-6034 Website: https://www.facebook.com/gooseridgeyurts/ E-mail: [email protected] and/or [email protected]
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  • Large wilderness cabin on Hogback mountain in Montville Can sleep up to 5 people with extra sleeping bunks in the carriage house. Convenient to fairgrounds off Rt. 220 in Montville. Convenient to fairgrounds and quick access to Hills to Sea Trail. Contact Kay or Hurley for reservations Phone: 207-631-1023 
  • Green Valley Campground — Vassalboro Phone: 207-923-3000 Website: www.greenvalleycampground.us
  • Summer home, 3 miles from MOFGA on Lake Winnecook (Unity pond) Two bedrooms (1 queen and 1 double), kitchen, living room, bath, and screened porch overlooking the lake. Non-Smoking and no pets. Full for 2022 Fair. Phone: 207-745-2932. E-mail: [email protected]
  • RV site with patio, electricity, and water hookup. Located approx. 3 miles from MOFGA on Lake Winnecook (Unity pond).  Phone: 207-745-2932 E-mail: [email protected]
  • Sunset Pines Cottages — on China Lake in China (18.2 miles from MOFGA) For more information, contact Nick. Please leave your name, return number, email and a detailed message regarding your needs/request. Email: [email protected] Phone: 207-968-2197

Accommodations in Waldo County and the Midcoast Area

For additional help, call the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce at 207-338-5900.

Accommodations in Montville/Searsport (30-40 minutes from Fairgrounds, 5-10 minutes north of Belfast)

Accommodations in Waterville Area For additional help contact the Waterville Area Chamber of Commerce at 207-873-3315.

Waterville/Fairfield (~30 minutes west)

Oakland/Belgrade (~40-50 minutes west)

Skowhegan and Dexter (~50 minutes northwest and north)

Accommodations in Bangor Area (~45 minutes from Unity)

For additional help contact the Bangor Area Chamber of Commerce at 207-947-0307.

Pet Kennels — please see “Pet Policy” tab above.

Pet Policy

Pets are strictly prohibited from the fairgrounds, parking lots (including parked cars) and camping areas.

If you are traveling long distance with your pet(s), please contact a pet kennel in the area. Here are some suggestions:

  • It’s Raining Cats & Dogs – 16 miles W – 340 Albion Rd, Benton, ME 04901-3645 (207) 453-9490; Closed Wednesdays.
  • Sebasticook Farms Kennel – 21 miles N – 460 Hartland Ave #2, Pittsfield – (207) 487-3168
  • Willow Run Bed, Biscuit & Bath – Route 27, Belgrade – (207) 495-3596. Closed Tuesdays. Website is the best way to book: https://willowrunfordogs.com
  • Canine Country Club – 1 Canine Lane (Route 1), Northport – (207) 338-8300. Best way to book is online – https://caninecountryclub-me.com – or via email [email protected]
  • Country Kennel – Bangor – (207) 945-9221
  • Green Acres Kennel Shop – Bangor – (207) 945-6841
  • Puddleduck Boarding Kennel – Morrill – (207) 342-5888, https://www.puddleduckboardingkennel.com/
  • Firefly Kennel – Dixmont – (207) 234-3566, https://www.fireflykennel.com/ 
  • Paw Print Pet Lodge at Stillwater Farm – Hope – (207) 763-4444, http://pawprintpetlodge.com/ 
  • Sit & Stay Inn Pet Boarding – Stockton Springs – (860) 930-3696, https://sitstayinn.com/ 
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Service animals, dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, are welcome on the Fairgrounds.

The following guidelines apply to all people attending the Fair in any capacity.
Common Ground Country Fair recognizes the unique perspectives of the various cultures represented in Maine and at the Fair. In order to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion at our events, MOFGA staff and the Fair Steering Committee are working with community members on new guidelines to address these issues.
Until those have been approved, we ask all participants to act with respect in their interactions, presentations, and marketing.
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