Common Ground tickets on sale now

Sep 02, 2014

Unity — Tickets for the 2014 Common Ground Country Fair are on sale at retail outlets throughout Maine. Fairgoers will enjoy significant savings by purchasing tickets in advance.

The Common Ground Country Fair, signature event of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, will take place Friday through Sunday, Sept. 19 through 21, at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center off Crosby Brook Road. Gates will open at 9 a.m. each day. Tickets and posters also are available from MOFGA's online store.

More than 60,000 visitors attend the Common Ground Country Fair. Many purchase their tickets at the gates when they arrive. While the volunteer ticket-sellers and -takers make every effort to move the crowds swiftly through the entrances, the lines can be long. MOFGA encourages those who can purchase their tickets in advance to do so. All fairgoers holding advance tickets may go directly to the front of the ticket lines.

Members of MOFGA get free daily admission to the Common Ground Country Fair, as do volunteers, children younger than 13, handicapped citizens and school groups (Friday only). Otherwise, admission is $10 daily in advance, $15 at the gate; $8/$10 for those older than 64. Discounts of $2 are available for those who bicycle to the fair, as well as those who take the train from Unity or Thorndike.


Locally, tickets are available at the Belfast Co-op and The Green Store; Nature's Choice, Camden; Liberty Graphics; Good Tern Co-Op, Huston-Tuttle and Reading Corner, Rockland; and Mac's Hardware, Unity.

For more information on the fair, including how to volunteer, visit "The Fair" at; call 568-4142; or email

MOFGA, formed in 1971, is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. Its purpose is to help farmers and gardeners grow organic food, fiber and other crops; protect the environment; recycle natural resources; increase local food production; support rural communities; and illuminate for consumers the connection between healthful food and environmentally sound farming practices.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

Comments (6)
Posted by: Dagney C. Ernest | Sep 04, 2014 12:20

Correct, John; I just called the MOFGA office, as they were still listing it. Thanks!

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Sep 03, 2014 18:54

I apologize.  I did what you did, which was to make personal something that is not.  Always think it's a bad idea to do so in comments, save for direct discussions about public figures.  But here's the question - what is wrong with not going, and tending one's garden...discussing composting, the merits of organic practices and sustainable practices, etc., without having thousands of cars descend on rural fields for parking, and sitting idling in the usual traffic.  Isn't that the point?  The thing is, what Common Ground is, I suspect, in many people's minds, is that it is the closest they could come to a Woodstock, without the mud and no bathrooms.  That's just fine, but buses, shuttle buses, etc., would minimize impact on the land and environment.  It's a tremendous part of the philosophy.  Nothing like that is offered.  There it is.  That was the point.

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Sep 03, 2014 18:18

I have to go with this...that's non-organic baloney.  It very much IS about them.  And, let me see now - how many times did I contact them about this and received no answer...too many.  What's the figure on fair income?  This should be a priority.  It is about the organization.  Go ahead and post that you're offering carpooling.

Posted by: Cathrina Skov | Sep 03, 2014 16:03

Setting up local carpools is up to the locals.  The organizers of Common Ground would welcome your help in doing that, Maggie.   It's not about them; it's about us.


Posted by: Maggie Trout | Sep 03, 2014 14:45

There will be a bus available for the Climate Change demonstration in Washington., but no buses for Common Ground though.  Just all those big SUVs.sitting in stalled traffic amongst the pastoral fields.  No setting up of local carpools.  Nada.  Stay home.  Eat organic vegetables and products, and read.

Posted by: John Rafter | Sep 03, 2014 05:37

The Well Tempered Kitchen in Camden is no longer in operation.

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