Volunteer

Each year we rely on over 2,000 volunteers to make the Common Ground Country Fair happen.

Thank you to our volunteers!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2020 Online Common Ground Country Fair a success.
We hope to be back in person in 2021 for the 45th Annual Fair, and will be reaching out about future opportunities. Read more about volunteering at the fair below.

New to Volunteering?

Please fill out a volunteer profile or log in to your existing profile at MOFGA.VOLUNTEERHUB.COM in order to register to become a volunteer and see upcoming opportunities.
If you have questions, please email the Fair Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] or call 207-568-6046 during business hours.

Welcome Fair Volunteers!

Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering at the Common Ground Country Fair. We rely on our many volunteers to keep the fair running smoothly. We’re so glad you want to help out! If you already have a volunteer profile, you can see all the available shifts by clicking the button:
Pre-registration – There are two ways to register in advance for volunteer shifts at the Fair:
1. Pre-registration Online
Please fill out a volunteer profile or log in to your existing profile at MOFGA.VOLUNTEERHUB.COM in order to register to volunteer at the 2020 Common Ground Country Fair. If you need to cancel a shift you’ve registered for, you can do so under the My Schedule tab in your profile. If you have questions, please email the Fair Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] or call 207-568-6046 during business hours.
If you are using a cell phone, rotate it so that the screen is in landscape orientation, and then it will allow you to scroll further. You can also search for a particular area (such as “Parking”) and all those shifts should display. If you have access to a computer, that is the best way to experience the full version of the site.
2. Pre-Registration by mail
Please contact the office to request a volunteer registration packet! You can also get a copy of the Minor Consent Form from the office for anyone under the age of 18 who wants to volunteer.
  1. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian signed consent. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old to volunteer without a guardian. Children between the ages 10 – 12 may volunteer if accompanied by a guardian 21 years of age or older with at least 1 adult : 2 children ratio.

  2. Special cases
    • Children’s Area: Minimum age 13 years old.
    • Auto Gates, Common Kitchen, Country Store, Entertainment, Low Impact Forestry, Parking, Ticket Takers: Minimum age 16 years old.
    • Safety: Minimum age 16 years old for daytime shifts and 18 years old for nighttime shifts.
    • Ticket-sellers: Minimum age 18 years old and must be well-known to MOFGA staff or Board members.
    • Shuttle Assistants: Minimum age 18 years old.
  Download or print the Minor Consent Form here
  • We will confirm online registrations via email. Volunteers who register through the U.S. mail will receive shift confirmations via U.S. mail.
  • Keep your confirmation. It will entitle you to a Volunteer Admission Pass when you arrive at the Volunteer Check-In Tent. You will also need to present your confirmation to the camping area coordinator in order to camp.
  • If you need to cancel, please email [email protected] or call 207-568-4142 to let us know as soon as possible, and no later than September 20th (three days before the Fair).
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get to Unity.
  • Consider camping the night before or arriving in the early morning to avoid traffic and to be on time for your shift.
  • Check in at the Volunteer Check-In Tent at either the Pine or the Rose Gates.
  • Set-up and Clean-up volunteers (the heroes who help before and after the Fair) should check in at MOFGA’s main office – the yellow building in the middle of the fairgrounds.
  • Volunteers helping during the three days of the Fair should go to the Volunteer Check-In Tent upon arrival at the Fair. The Volunteer Check-In Tent is the only place where you may obtain your Admission Pass. Free entry is NOT available anywhere else (unless you are a MOFGA member).
  • If you do not attend your scheduled shift and do not cancel your shift through your volunteer profile, you may face restrictions when volunteering at the Common Ground Country Fair in the future.
Volunteer Guidelines

Fair Volunteer Benefits

  • One Fair Volunteer T-shirt
  • Fair Admission for the day you work
  • One meal at the Common Kitchen on the day you work
  • Camping privileges – tent site (one night per shift, either the night before or the night after your shift)
  • One Fair Volunteer T-shirt
  • Fair Admission for the day you work
  • One meal at the Common Kitchen on the day you work
  • Camping privileges – tent site (one night per shift, either the night before or the night after your shift)
  • One Fair Admission for each shift (max. three days admission)
  • One meal at the Common Kitchen for each shift you work
  • One extra night of camping per shift
  • Meals:
    • The meals provided for Fair staff and volunteers are prepared in the Common Kitchen by volunteers with ingredients generously donated by MOFGA members and supporters. Over the course of Fair set-up and Fair weekend through clean-up, thousands of meals are served.
    • You must have a meal ticket in order to enter the Common Kitchen dining area for a meal.
    • Meal ticket(s) are distributed by Area Coordinators to volunteers upon completion of each shift. Be sure to remember to get your meal ticket after your shift.
    • Meal Times: Continental Breakfast 6:30 – 9:00 | Full Breakfast 7:30 – 8:30 | Lunch 12:30 – 2:00 | Supper 6:00 – 7:30
  • Sunday Shifts:
    • Volunteers who work at least one shift on SUNDAY are eligible for a raffle of items donated by Fair vendors held one or more times during the Fair on Sunday. Inquire with the Volunteer Check-In Tent for details.
  • Overnight & Parking Shifts:
    • The 7-hour Overnight Safety Patrol shift counts as two 4-hour shifts.
    • In addition to the standard benefits, volunteers working an overnight safety shift or in the parking lot for four or more hours receives a CGCF hat.
  • Volunteer T-Shirts:
    • All volunteers at the Fair receive one of our classic organic cotton Fair t-shirts. If you are working multiple shifts you will pick up your shirt at your first shift. These shirts are custom sewn for the Common Ground Country Fair by Liberty Graphics and are made in the USA with 100% domestically grown organic cotton.
  • Camping:
    • Volunteers working 4 or more hours are invited to camp at the fairgrounds. Your Volunteer Confirmation email for each shift is required as proof of your eligibility to camp. You may use your earned night of camping either the night before or the night after your shift. Sites will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by the camping coordinators. Space permitting, volunteer camping is available in one of two areas:
    • South Parking in the Southwest corner of the area. There are no water or electricity hook-ups for RVs. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate campers and RVs. Please see the Camping & Accommodations page for local options.
    • Communal Camping Tent behind Bicycle Parking by the Rose Gate.
    • All campers must abide by the following Camping Rules:
      1. Volunteers may not engage in illegal activity on the Fairgrounds.
      2. Pets are absolutely forbidden on Fairgrounds or in the camping areas at any time.
      3. No campfires.
      4. To minimize impact, campers must stay on marked paths in the primitive camping area.
      5. There are no electrical or water hook-ups in any of the camping areas.
      6. Generators may not be used unless specifically permitted in a camping area’s rules & guidelines.
      7. Cooking is only allowed in the designated areas with 1lb propane or butane cylinders. No solid fuel may be used without permission of the Fair Office. Any participant using cooking equipment must have an appropriate fire extinguisher with them.
      8. Volunteers must take gray water to the holding tank.
      9. Use port-a-potties or the latrine in the camping area. Do not go to the bathroom in the woods.
      10. Quiet time is from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Volunteers may set up in the primitive campsite area between 8:00 a.m. and dusk only. Set-up in the South Parking Lot may take place at any time.
      11. Common Ground Country Fair assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen items.
      12. Volunteers must stay off the Fairgrounds between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
      13. Members of the CGCF Safety Team are authorized to ask volunteers for identification in the form of volunteer confirmation cards. Safety Team members represent the CGCF and MOFGA in determining whether certain persons and/or their conduct is permitted to be on the fairgrounds. Any person not abiding by established Fair guidelines may be asked to leave the fairgrounds by the Safety Officer in charge, the Fair Director or a Waldo County Deputy.
      14. Please carry out what you carry in. Thanks!
View or download our Camping Policy for Volunteers and Fair Staff here

Volunteer as an Area Coordinator

Area Coordinators organize every aspect of the Fair – from organizing speakers to laying out parking lots to working at the gates. Coordinating is an amazing way to support the Fair and work with a group of amazing people. We have openings for coordinators, assistant coordinators, and understudies. We have leadership opportunities before, during and after the Fair.
Would you like to join the Fair Planning Team? Contact [email protected] to learn more.
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