Common Ground

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294 Crosby Brook Road , Unity, ME, USA - 207-568-4142

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Getting down and dirty Sep 24, 2017
In my mind this is the quintessential Maine country fair because participants represent the rugged individualism the state is known for. A telling clue is sponsorship by MOFGA: Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. You cannot get crunchier than these folks and rest assured your visit will leave no hint of a carbon footprint.

The only downside is the huge crowd drawn by the event. About 60,000 folks congregate outside of Unity across three days (Friday through Sunday) at the end of each September. While there is plenty of room for attendees on the fairgrounds, access and parking are not quite so accommodating. Unity is off the radar and not built up to receive such masses, so please expect some traffic jams and be patient getting parked. Of course this explains my motivation for signing up for their Sunday morning 5K run. Gun time is 7:30AM and there are wide open spaces when I pull in, not to mention I depart early afternoon, well before the mass exodus to get home.

Once landed, this is a paradise of organic delights. Whether you had a cow, a pumpkin or whatever, everything was out on display and competing for “Best of Show”. Plenty of food stalls serve healthier versions of food than you typically find at carnivals and of course there are gobs of demonstrations to take in – be sure to pick up the newspaper at the entrance gate for the exhaustive schedule. I sampled several, ranging from a rather fascinating primer on how to sharpen your machete to a really fun introduction to brewing beer. The latter was conducted by a Maine based microbrewery, Funky Bow. Formed by a father and son several years ago, both were present for the introduction to their craft and free samples were constantly being served, possibly explaining the large crowd at this demo.

There was one exhibition I really wanted to see, the brilliant Border collie sheepherding demonstration. Though I had witnessed this previously, it is just so darn impressive that I wanted to see it again. The day was unusually hot for Maine in the fall – almost ninety degrees! – not the best conditions for hairy critters to be racing about, but the collies were remarkable as always. Their performance is so awesome I could add a separate review detailing all the marvelous feats they accomplish.

Common Ground is clearly a festival with a conscience and there are also many talks on conservation and environmental concerns as well. However, entertainment does not take a back seat: there are two music stages featuring almost non-stop performances and a few ‘non-mechanized’ carnival attractions, like ‘ring the bell’. They also straw a hill and provide cardboard so you can partake of some warm weather sledding. A great time.
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Congrats on being featured!
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