Common Ground Country Fair is unique. And believe me I use that word advisedly. There really is nothing else like it. There are sights, sounds and smells you will not experience at any other agricultural fair in the world. Or at least none that I know of. Perhaps in some far, far land where fairies rule and sugar plums grow on trees there is another event that can compare to this wonderful weekend. But I have my doubts.
I am going to share some of these sights with you now. Maybe I can get the sounds and smells out to you next year. Or even better come to the fair next year and experience them for yourself.
My friend Mandy, the Roller Derby Queen, with the shiner she acquired in the rink.
Apple ladders walking by.
The Sewall Orchard booth, with none of their usual, delicious cider; but a very informative sign about why the apple harvest is way down this year. Hint: it’s climate change.
The beautiful, huge bus that brought one of the food vendors to the fair. I heard it was all custom wood paneling inside and very, very nice!
The train that brings the fair-goers in.
Or the tractors, one driven by my friend Ron, that bring the fair-goers in from the parking lots (you are encouraged to carpool!)
Hobbit Holes for chickens.
Two farmers markets. One at each gate. So as you leave you can stock up on all the wonderful organic produce these farmer/members grow on their organically certified land.
The Harry S Truman Manure Pitching Contest. Great for this Presidential election cycle but it happens every year.
The raw materials and their producers.
Trees dedicated to much-missed, long-time activists like Tom Sturtevant.
All sorts of alternative transportation devices.
Volunteers everywhere. This fair is volunteer-powered.
People taking pictures of people taking pictures. That’s my pal, Roger, the Maine Paparazzi.
Stone arches created at the fair by the Stone Workers Guild, right there at the fair grounds, over the last several years.
Here’s the winning food booth. Local Sprouts Co-op. The best butternut squash sandwich you will ever eat. Know any other fair that offers butternut squash sandwiches?