Tickets for the 2012 Common Ground Country Fair are on sale at advance sale ticket outlets throughout Maine. Many of the participating advance sale outlets are selling copies of the 2012 Common Ground Country Fair poster, a vibrant illustration of garlic scapes by Maine artist Lyndsey Marston.

The Common Ground Country Fair is the signature event of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). The fair will take place Sept. 21, 22 and 23 at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in the town of Unity. Gates open at 9 a.m. each day. This will be the 36th fair.

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 tickets in advance to do so. It will make the visit to the fair more pleasant. All fair-goers holding advance tickets may go directly to the front of the ticket lines.

Members of MOFGA get into the fair free all weekend and may enter through the MOFGA tents located at each ticket gate. MOFGA memberships are available online.

Admission prices are the same in advance as at the gate: $10 each day for ages 13 through 64. $8 each day for ages 65 and over. Free all weekend for children 12 and under, MOFGA members and handicapped citizens.

Volunteers are needed for many different jobs at the fair.

For more information about the fair contact: Common Ground Country Fair, PO Box 170, Unity, ME 04988, by phone at (207) 568-4142, by email at commonground@mofga.org or online at mofga.org.