Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
CGCF Fair News Archive

Fair News Archive

2019 Common Ground Country Fair
September 20, 21 and 22

(Always the third weekend after Labor Day)


The 2018 Fair poster is available for $10 (plus $4 postage). Order online at the MOFGA Store or call the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142.

2018 Common Ground Country Fair

A Common Ground Country Fair Thank You
Common Ground Country Fair Ribbons and Awards 2018
2018 Common Kitchen Food Donors
Congratulations to Heiwa Tofu
MOFGA Volunteer Survey
Message from the Fair Director
Volunteer Profile Michael Bunker
MOFGA Volunteer Paul Schlein
MOFGA Volunteer Sari Lindauer


2017 Common Ground Country Fair poster

2017 Common Ground Country Fair

Common Ground Country Fair Amphitheater Redesign
Volunteer Profile: Josiah Orm Hansen

A Poultry Little Miracle
Tami Colburn, Fair Assistant
Committee Thanks Bryan McLellan


Fair News – Winter 2016-2017

Fair News – Fall 2016
Welcome from the Fair Director

Fair News – Summer 2016
Toki Oshima's Vibrant Chard Colors 2016 Fair Poster
Getting to the Fair: Diversified Solutions
40th Fair Anniversary Stories

Fair News – Spring 2016
Share Your Favorite Fair Memory
Participation: Key to the Common Ground Country Fair


Fair News – Winter 2015-2016
A Common Ground Country Fair Thank You!
Another Great Year for Fiber at Common Ground
Thanks to Jamie Pacheco
Fair Ribbons and Awards 2015

Thanks to the 2015 Common Kitchen Food Donors!

Fair News – Fall 2015
Witness the Big Bake at Common Ground
Check Out the EMS Crew at the Common Ground Fair

Fair News – Summer 2015
Poster Design Winner Arika von Edler
Good Food Runs the Common Ground Country Fair

Fair News – Spring 2015
2015 Common Ground Country Fair Poster Unveiled!


Fair News – Winter 2014-2015
A Common Ground Country Fair Thank You!
Another Great Year for Fiber at Common Ground!
Common Ground Country Fair Ribbons and Awards 2014
Poultry Exhibit Highlights
Thanks to the 2014 Common Kitchen Food Donors!

Fair News - Fall 2014
Message from the Fair Director, April Boucher
Welcome, Fair Volunteers!
Thanks to Fair Donors
Thank You to the Volunteers Who Coordinated the 2014 Fair
Public Policy Teach-In: Antibiotics and Your Dinner Plate
Keynote Speakers
    Chaitanya York – Finding Common Ground
    Ben Falk – Farm and Homestead Resiliency
    Andre Leu – The Myths of Safe Pesticides

Fair News - Spring 2014
2014 Common Ground Country Fair Poster Unveiled!
Summer Fair Assistant


Fair News – Winter 2013-2014
A Big Common Ground Country Fair Thank You!
Another Great Year for Fiber at Common Ground!
Fair Director Leaving To Pursue Other Interests
2013 Common Kitchen Donors

Fair News – Fall 2013
Message from the Fair Director
Public Policy Teach-In – Maine’s GMO Labeling Campaign – Where We Go from Here
Special Thanks to the Fair Steering Committee
Thank You to the Volunteers Who Coordinated the 2013 Fair
Keynote Speakers
   Sandor Katz
   Deb Soule
   George Siemon

Grace Keown’s ‘Oxen Team’ Design Wins Common Ground Art Contest

 


Fair News – Winter 2012-2013
Thanks from the Fair Director
Fleece Tent Has Another Great Year
2012 Common Ground Country Fair Awards

Feeding the Fair Volunteers - Common Kitchen Donations

Fair News – Fall 2012
From the Fair Director
Back in 1976 when Chaitanya York persuaded, enlisted and inspired an entourage of MOFGA members and friends to put on the first Common Ground Country Fair, not all expected a strong turnout. Not that they thought the Fair wouldn’t be a success, but it opened many eyes when upward of 10,000 people made the trip to the Litchfield Fairgrounds for MOFGA’s inaugural celebration of rural living.

Fair News – Summer 2012
Maine Wildlife Biologist Wins Fair Art Contest

Fair News – Spring 2012
Volunteers Make an Impact at Common Ground


2011 CGCF Poster

Fair News – Winter 2011-2012
Successful 35th Common Ground Country Fair
2011 Fair Steering Committee
Fleece Tent Has Another Banner Year
Fair Awards
2011 Common Kitchen Food Donors

Fair News – Fall 2011
Message from the Fair Director

Fair News – Summer 2011
Dacia Klinkerch's Vibrant Veggies


2010 Fair Poster

Fair News – Winter 2010-2011
A Successful Fair, Thanks to All
Fleece Tent Has Another Banner Year
2010 Awards
2010 CGCF Common Kitchen Donors List
2010 Common Ground Fair 5k Results

Fair News – Fall 2010
Welcome to the 34th Common Ground Country Fair!
Lively Rooster Art by Holly Meade Animates 2010 Common Ground Country Fair Poster

 


2009 Poster

Winter News – 2009-2010
Common Ground: The Essence of Sharing
Another Successful Year for the Fleece Tent
Thanks to Fair Volunteers
Thanks to Common Kitchen Donors
2009 Fair Awards

Fall News – 2009
“The Apples of Maine” Poster is a Winner
Reminder: Bottled Water Sales Eliminated for 2009 Fair
Coffee at the Fair

Spring News – 2009
John Bunker Wins 2009 Poster Art Contest
Bottled Water Sales Eliminated for 2009 Fair


Winter News – 2008-2009
A Great Celebration – Thanks to You! – Jim Ahearne
Successful Seed Swap at Fair – Adam Tomash
Fleece Tent Sets Another Record in 2008!

 

Fall News – 2008
Grace Keown’s “Hay Barn” Design Wins Common Ground Art Contest
Keynote Speaker Profiles


Summer News – 2008
Jim Ahearne Hired to Direct Common Ground Country Fair
Plant NOW for Your Exhibition Hall Entry
Youth Encouraged to Raise, Display Poultry
Grow Food to Feed Fair Volunteers

Spring News – 2008
Exhibition Hall
Sow Some Wheat, Show Some Wheat!
Railroad Closing - It appears that Fairgoers will have one less mode of transportation to the Fair this year. March 2008
 



Farewell to Fair Director Barbara Luce
After coordinating the countless logistics of five Common Ground Country Fairs, Barbara Luce has decided to move on to new experiences and challenges. December 2007

Thank You Grace Keown

 

Common Kitchen 2007December 2007
   Wow, what a Fair!
   2007 Donors
   Recipe for Red Lentil Curried Soup

Areas of the Fair: Awards & WinnersDecember 2007

Praying Mantis in the Harvest Moon
Artwork Winner Christi Hadden on Insects, Paddling, Maine and More; The MOF&G interviews the artist, who lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. June 2007

Maine Farmer Keynote Speaker Amy LeBlanc –
"The Importance of Pickles, Or Why I Put Up With Teenagers Working In My Greenhouse"

Posters and Handbills?
June 2007

Agricultural Demonstrations
March 2007
 


2006 Common Ground Country Fair
Great 2006 Fair, Even with the Rain!
Breakwater Students Make and Teach Bread Making in YEZ

2006 Common Kitchen Food Donors

2006 Fair Winners!

2006 Poster Winner’s Pilgrimage Through Life, Land, Art


2005 Common Ground Country Fair
• The Best of the 2005 Exhibition Hall
• Maine's Common Ground Hosts a World of Participants
• Letter from a Fair Enthusiast
• Children's Area Thanks You
• MOFGA Volunteers are Prize-Winning Judges
• Fiddler's Showcase
2005 Fair Awards & Contest Winners
2005 Common Kitchen & Food Donors

Susan Balch Hatches Second Poster Win


2004 Fair Poster

Fair News – Winter 2004-2005

• Thanks To the Fair Planning Team and All Fair Volunteers, by Barbara Luce
• Yogi’s Cafe Takes the Cake in Food Judging: Can’t Beat that Crab Meat
• Another Great Year in the Common Kitchen!
• 2004 Fair Awards & Contest Winners

Fair News – Fall 2004
• Fair Director's Message
• Remembering Forrest Hooper
• Keynote Speakers: Jason Kafka; Lynn Miller; Percy Schmeiser
• 2004 Planning Team

Fair News – Summer 2004
• Poster Winner, Genny Keller – Fifth Try Never Fails!
 


2003 Fair Poster

Fair News – Winter 2003-2004
• Thanks for Another Great Fair
• Fair Awards & Prizes

5K Foot Race Results
Common Kitchen 2003

Fair News – Fall 2003
Common Ground Country Fair: The Most Renewable Battery Charger Ever – by Mort Mather
Heroes of the Common Ground Country Fair – by Barbara Luce
Sandra Steingraber – “The New Rachel Carson” – by Sharon Tisher

Fair News – Summer 2003
Susan Kischitz’s "The Barn Window” Poster Is a Glimpse Into an Artist’s Life
 


2002 Poster

Fair News – Winter 2002-2003
• Thanks for a Wonderful Fair!
• Thanks to Advance Sale Ticket Outlets
• Thank You For Supporting the Common Kitchen!
• 2002 Fair Winners

Fall 2002
• Welcome to the Fair!
• Public Policy Teach-In: Maine Candidates’ Forum at the Fair

Summer 2002
• Dancing Corn Poster Will Delight Fairgoers


2001 Fair Poster

Fair News – Winter 2001-2002
• Congratulations to All Who Made 25 Years of Common Ground Such a Special Celebration!
• Judges’ Awards, Blue Ribbon Winners & Other Greats at the Fair

Fall 2001
• Welcome to the 25th Annual Common Ground Country Fair!
• MOFGA Public Policy Teach-In: An Intriguing Look at the Maine Legislature

Summer 2001
• Twenty-Five Years!
• Plugging Along Pays Off for Rural Maine Artist Joyce Dubay

Spring 2001
• Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs Praises Common Ground
• Opportunities for Experienced Cooks, Chefs and Food Processors at Fair


2000 Fair Poster

Winter 2000-2001
• Common Ground Volunteers Are Amazing!
• Report from the Common Kitchen
• Common Kitchen Thanks
• Donors to the 2000 Common Ground Common Kitchen
• Thanks to the Advance Sale Ticket Outlets
• Exhibition Hall Winners
• Harry S Truman Manure Toss - Winners Report
• Draft Horse Show Results
• Oxen Pull
• 5K Foot Race

Fall 2000
• Welcome to the Fair!
• Geese Poster is a Symbol for the Millennium
• Keynote Address – “Mow Me Less”: Tales of a GE-Resistant Lawn

Spring 2000
• Common Ground Gets Highest Praise in Fair Evaluation Report
• Calling All Table and Bench Builders
• Common Ground Dedicated Tree Planting


1999 Fair Poster

Winter 1999-2000
• Winners at the 1999 Common Ground Country Fair
• Donations to the Common Kitchen

Fall 1999
Heather Spalding: Welcome to the Fair!
Keynote Speakers: Michael Sligh, Brian Donahue
Public Policy Teach-In: Rid Your School of Toxic Pesticides
Summer Intern Kristin Stone
Homebrewing and Winemaking Competitions Depart
1999 Volunteer Coordinators

Summer 1999
Tanner Musters Up Winning Poster Design
Message from the Fair Coordinator

Spring 1999
Common Ground Country Fair Office Relocating to Unity


1998 CGCF Poster

Winter 1998
Thanks for the Permanent Site!
Thanks To All Fair Volunteers
Pedal to Fair & Valet Bike Parking Smashing Success
Unjamming the Traffic
Contest Winners at the 1998 Common Ground Country Fair
Donations to the Common Kitchen
Thanks to the Advance Sale Ticket and Poster Outlets

Fall 1998
Common Ground: Looking to the Past for Future Inspiration
Keynote Speaker Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm
Brian Tokar: Battle the Biotech Agenda
Special Thanks
Timber Frame Exhibition Hall
Summer Interns
Common Ground Will Miss Leila Stockwell
1998 Volunteer Area Coordinators

Summer 1998

Bee Poster Hums with Harmony


Winter 1997-1998
Thanks for Donations!
Thanks To All Fair Volunteers
Schoolhouse Talks to Resume in ’98
Lost and Found: Got the Wedding Ring Blues?
1997 Fair Contest Results
Advance Tickets Pay Off – In Many Ways

Fall 1997
Celebrate Rural Living with MOFGA!
1997 Area Coordinators
A Tribute to Newt Cochran
Volunteer Donald Ketcham Recovering

Summer 1997
Modern Poster Style a Winner

Spring 1997
Y.E.Z., We’ll Do It Again!