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 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 and 26 for the 2021 Common Ground Country Fair and have begun preparations to host an on-site event in Unity. The health and safety of our community is our number one priority and as a result the Fair will look different this year. We are implementing changes across the fairgrounds to offer and support a safe experience in accordance with current Maine Center for Disease Control and Maine Department of Economic and Community Development guidelines for outdoor festivals. We’ll continue to keep this page updated as the situation evolves and we learn more in the coming months. At this time, here’s what we anticipate will change based on current conditions:

  • Attendance will be managed to reduce congestion. Fairgoers will need to obtain tickets in advance to reduce lines.
  • Layouts will be changed to allow for more distance between vendors.
  • Masks and social distancing may be required according to CDC guidelines.
  • Some areas and activities will not take place this year. Stay tuned for details.
  • Additional sanitation of high-touch areas will be in place.
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.

If you have thoughts or comments about the Fair that you’d like to share with us, please use this form.

We are currently not accepting new applications for the 2021 Common Ground Country Fair. Click below to be added to a waitlist or notified when applications are available in the future.


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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 Agricultural Products application – due Feb 26, 2021

2021 Agricultural Products area guidelines

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

2021 Agricultural Demonstrations application – due March 22, 2021

2021 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 is now closed. 

2021 Crafts area guidelines

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

2021 Energy & Shelter application– due March 8, 2021

2021 Energy & Shelter area guidelines

2021 Entertainment Interest Form is now closed.

2021 Fair General Guidelines

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

2021 Environmental Concerns application – due April 26.

2021 Environmental Concerns area guidelines

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

2021 Farm & Homestead application– deadline extended to April 1, 2021

2021 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 Farmers’ Market application is now closed.

2021 Farmers’ Market area guidelines

Vendors who cater to small fiber producers and fiber users.

2021 Fiber Marketplace application is now closed.

2021 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 is now closed.

2021 Food Area guidelines

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

2021 Health & Healing application is now closed.

2021 Health & Healing guidelines

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

2021 Low Impact Forestry application– due April 28, 2021

2021 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 Maine Fiber Farms application– due Feb 26, 2021

2021 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 is now closed.

2021 Maine Marketplace area guidelines

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

2021 Maine Media application – due April 26, 2021

2021 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 Social & Political Action Application (due July 7, 2021)

2021 Social & Political Action Guidelines

2021 Speaker and Presenter application– deadline extended to June 10, 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 Young Maine application– due March 29, 2021

2021 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 YEZ/YETZ  application – due March 22, 2021

2021 YEZ/YETZ area guidelines

Vendor Resources

2021 General Fair Guidelines

MOFGA Food Policy

Food Ingredient Form

Food Affidavit

Wild Harvest Affidavit

Processing Affidavit

2021 Food Carryover Form

For food area vendors

Propane Checklist

For food area vendors

2021 Bioware Resource Packet

2021 Liability Insurance Information & Example COI

Deadline July 1

Sweetener Substitution Basics

Basics of Selling Food in YEZ

Basics of Selling Food in YEZ

Basics of Selling Food in YEZ

2021 Scrapie Information

2021 Young Maine Scholarship Form

2021 Agricultural Demonstrations Scholarship Form

2021 Low Impact Forestry Scholarship Form

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