Vendors and Applications

Information for vendors and exhibitors at MOFGA's Common Ground Country Fair

Each year, almost 60,000 visitors travel to the Common Ground Country Fair to exchange knowledge, eat, and shop with our 650+ vendors and exhibitors. This year, we are excited to provide an alternative meeting place to interact with Maine artists, farmers, and businesses. Our Online Marketplace and Fair Directory will allow visitors from around the world to find and support our Fair businesses, organizations and products.
Our Vendor Commitment
We value and prioritize businesses, farms and organizations with Maine roots, organic practices, and local sourcing. Whether you have been a vendor for many years at our traditional Common Ground Country Fair or think you’d be a great addition to our 2020 alternative, online Fair, we recommend you read the full Fair Guidelines and your specific area guidelines in the directory below before applying.

2021 Fair

We are hopeful that we will be able to gather in person on September 24, 25 & 26 for the 2021 Common Ground Country Fair and have begun preparations to host an on-site event in Unity. We also plan to continue many of the online offerings for exhibitors, speakers and fairgoers in the coming year, whether or not we gather in person.
To support our exhibitors and volunteers, the decision regarding if we will have an on-site, hybrid on-site/online, or online-only Fair will be made in early May 2021. We will follow the state, federal and CDC mandates and guidelines. We are developing contingency plans to cover details of what systems would need to be in place to support a healthy and safe Fair.
We encourage exhibitors and speakers to begin preparations with us, apply for booth space and plan your presentations. To help you with your decision to participate, here are links to our general timeline, refund policy and Fair Guidelines. Please see the area matrix below for a timeline of application availability.
We look forward to posting updates and keeping the community informed as the year progresses and more information becomes available.

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Suppliers of products for farms and gardens or family farms selling agricultural products made with at least 70% materials from their farm.

2021 application will be available in late January 2021

2020 Agricultural Products area guidelines

Space for organizations that provide resources or technical support to farmers and producers.

2021 application will be available in mid February 2021

2020 Agricultural Demonstrations area guidelines

Maine artisans and craftspeople typically producing unique pieces of art, original in design and concept. For small goods businesses, please see Maine Marketplace.

2021 Crafts Application – due January 29, 2021

2021 Crafts Application

2021 Crafts area guidelines

Maine businesses and suppliers in the sustainable building and energy trades.

2021 application will be available in mid January 2021

2020 Energy & Shelter area guidelines

Maine-based organizations focus on environmental, wildlife and marine concerns.

2021 application will be available in late February

2020 Environmental Concerns area guidelines

Vendors with goods and equipment appropriate to the home gardener and small-scale farmer.

2021 application will be available in early February

2020 Farm & Homestead area guidelines

Farms selling produce, flowers and farm products. Must be certified organic or able to sign an organic affidavit for the first year.

2021 application will be available in mid January

2021 Farmers’ Market area guidelines

Vendors who cater to small fiber producers and fiber users.

2021 application will be available in late January

2020 Fiber Marketplace area guidelines

Artisans skilled in traditional folk arts, from the survival skills of Maine guides to artisans of country life, demonstrate and offer workshops on their skills and craft.

Food vendors serve ready to serve food to fairgoers using organic ingredients.

2021 Food Area Application – due January 11, 2021

2021 Food Area guidelines

Organizations provide information on health issues, topics and insights for a healthy lifestyle.

2021 application will be available in early March 2021

2020 Health & Healing guidelines

2021 applications will be available in late February 2021

Logging and forestry groups educating on sustainable forestry practices appropriate for Maine.

2021 applications will be available in late March 2021

2020 Low Impact Forestry Guidelines

Vendors exhibiting their animals and selling products at least 75% from their farm and 100% from Maine. Animals displayed as part of educational exhibits include llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats and rabbits.

2021 applications will be available in late January 2021

2020 Maine Fiber Farms area guidelines

Sales of handcrafted traditional Native American baskets and products by Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot artisans, plus demonstrations, presentations and music.

2020 Maine Indian Basketmakers area guidelines

A vibrant marketplace of small Maine enterprises and cottage industries working and creating locally. For craftspeople creating unique, individual pieces, see the Crafts area.

2021 Maine Marketplace Application- due January 29, 2021

2021 Maine Marketplace Application

2021 Maine Marketplace area guidelines

Publishers, newspapers, broadcasters, writers, film makers and new media enterprises.

2021 application will be available in late March 2021 

2020 Maine Media area guidelines

Each year, MOFGA hosts a poster design contest to find a design that captures the essence of the Common Ground Country Fair.

Local organizations provide information on issues of sustainable communities, peace and justice, social equality, civil and human rights and environmental politics.

2021 application will be available in March 2021

2020 Social & Political Action Guidelines

2021 application will be available in early January 2021

Farm-to-school programs, school gardens, camps and schools or nonprofit organizations that promote healthy and active lifestyles display their materials and offer hands-on demonstrations throughout the weekend.

2021 application will be available in mid February 2021

2020 Young Maine area guidelines

Friday and Sunday pop-up markets for youth ages 13-21 to sell products and services that meet the guidelines of other areas.

2021 application will be available in mid February 2021

2020 YEZ/YETZ area guidelines

Vendor Resources

Food Ingredient Form

Food Affidavit

Wild Harvest Affidavit

Processing Affidavit

MOFGA Food Policy

Propane Checklist

For food area vendors

2021 Food Carryover Form

2021 Bioware Resource Packet

2021 General Fair Guidelines

2021 Liability Insurance Information & Example COI

2021 Food Carryover Form

2021 Bioware Resource Packet

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