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 mofga.org; call 568-4142; or email commonground@mofga.org.

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 dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.