UNITY — The 41st annual Common Ground Country Fair will take place at the home of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24. Some 60,000 people take part in the event, which celebrates rural and sustainable living in Maine. The fair is unique because there are no midway carnivals, fast food or games of chance.
Each day, there will be talks, demonstrations and exhibits focusing on healthy and environmentally sound living. The fair’s activities are spread out over more than 40 acres.
Each day at 11 a.m. on the common there will be a keynote address.
On Saturday, Sherri Mitchell, attorney, teacher, spiritual activist and director of the Land Peace Foundation, will speak about “Standing on Indigenous Rights” and on Sunday, Jonathan Rosenthal, executive director of the New Economy Coalition and co-founder of Equal Exchange, will discuss the interconnectedness of the many different struggles for justice.
MOFGA’s Public Policy Committee will host a teach-in at 1 p.m. Saturday on the Spotlight Stage titled “Making America Green Again: A Workshop in Resistance.”
Throughout the weekend, there are livestock shows, contests and demonstrations featuring draft horses and ponies, dairy cattle and oxen, donkeys and mules, goats and sheep, poultry, rabbits, llamas and alpacas, and pigs. Sheep dog demonstrations happen three times a day.
Entertainers will perform in the amphitheater, on the Spotlight Stage, and as rovers around the fairgrounds.
There are activities, all free, for kids to enjoy, and a children’s garden parade winds around the Common twice daily. All are welcome to don garden costumes and march.
Volunteers are needed during fair and for a focused clean-up effort on Saturday, Oct. 14.
The fair will be held rain or shine at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Crosby Brook Road. Gates will open at 9 a.m. daily. Tickets are $15; $10 for seniors.
FMI: 207-568-4142 or www.mofga.org.