UNITY — Tickets are on sale for the 46th annual Common Ground Country Fair. After two years of virtual fairs, this year the fair will be in-person at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity.

The fair, MOFGA’s premier event, will take place Sept. 23, 24 and 25.

The annual celebration of rural living will continue to offer something for everyone this year, according to organizers. Recognizing the ongoing reality of COVID, the events and layout of the fair have been reworked to reduce congestion and long lines. These improvements will support the fair’s educational opportunities, food, and marketplace exhibitors. Some of the 2022 highlights include:

  • Hundreds of exhibitors and activities centered around sustainable living, from fiber arts to green building.
  • Live music, including David Mallet, Lynn Deeves Trio, El Grande, Caroline Cotter, Hambone, Dave & Fran, Kat Logan and New Shades of Blue.
  • Children’s activities such as the Garden Parade, hay jump, making corn dolls, shaking cream into butter, making flatbreads and many more.
  • Organic foods from around Maine.
  • The Country Store where this year’s fair poster, T-shirts, bags and more are on sale.
  • An exciting lineup of keynote speakers including Frances Moore Lappé, author of 20 books including “Diet for a Small Planet”; Maulian Dana, the first appointed tribal ambassador for the Penobscot Nation; and Muhidin Libah, executive director of Somali Bantu Community in Maine.

MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, which doubles as the fairgrounds, includes a sustainably managed woodlot, the Maine Heritage Orchard and organic demonstration gardens. This landscape provides an ideal backdrop for demonstrations on low-impact forestry, organic farming and gardening, livestock management and other aspects of rural living to take place during the three days of the fair.

“After two long years and a lot of planning, we are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the fairgrounds and supporting a safe and healthy event,” Fair Director April Boucher said in a press release. “We hope you will immerse yourself in the full Common Ground experience and volunteer.”

Advance tickets for the event are on sale through Sept. 21 at MOFGA’s website (mofga.org/the-fair/). Fairgoers will receive their tickets via email, and can download them to a smart phone or print them out to be scanned at the gate. Fairgoers who do not have access to the internet can purchase tickets at the Maine Organic Marketplace in Freeport. Starting Sept. 22, tickets are full price through the event.

Advance prices, available until Sept. 21, are: $15 for adults (18-64); $12 for elders (65+); $12 for youth (13-17); free for children (12 and under); and free for people with disabilities and one attending person.

School groups are free on Friday, Sept. 23, and volunteers receive free admission for the day of their four-hour volunteer shift, plus a Common Ground Country Fair T-shirt and other benefits. MOFGA members receive complimentary fair tickets based on membership level. For information and tips about attending the fair, visit mofga.org.