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Volunteer Registration Open for the 2018 Common Ground Country Fair

June 1, 2018

Volunteer registration for the 2018 Common Ground Country Fair is now open! You can sign up now for volunteer shifts before, during and after the Fair to help support this great event. Individuals, families and groups are all welcome.

Individuals can register for shifts at www.VolunteerMatters.com/login/mofga. Whether you have a favorite shift you like to return to each year, or are excited to try something new, now is a great time to choose your shifts.

Planning to bring your friends, family, students or colleagues? We love having big groups volunteer, and you can email volunteers@mofga.org to sign up. We have particular areas that are great for groups, and we can help you find the right shift.

We rely on hundreds of volunteers, contributing in myriad ways, to produce MOFGA's annual celebration of rural living. Whether you have a specific skill, experience in a trade or simply an abundance of enthusiasm and creativity, the Fair has a volunteer role for you. Contributing in every imaginable way – from carpentry to plumbing and electrical work, landscaping, traffic control, preparing meals, collecting and sorting recyclables and trash, collecting tickets, assisting speakers, staffing information booths, selling T-shirts, and more – volunteers do just about anything and everything necessary to make the Common Ground Country Fair happen.

Volunteers who work a 4-hour shift receive an organic cotton, made-in-the-USA Fair T-shirt, Fair admission on the day of their shift and a delicious meal served by the Common Kitchen. Work additional shifts and receive additional meals and days of free admission. Working a setup shift during the week before the Fair or a cleanup shift during the days after the Fair will earn the same benefits.

For more information about volunteering at the Fair, visit the Fair Volunteers page or contact Andrew Graham at the MOFGA office, 207-568-4142 or volunteers@mofga.org.

Every year, the Fair ends with a special event on Sunday afternoon and evening – a raffle for all of our volunteers who help on Sunday. Volunteers who have completed a shift that day – and our volunteer coordinators – gather to celebrate their hard work and dedication.  Tables are filled with amazing prizes donated from Fair exhibitors; an apple ladder is often a coveted prize, and our hardworking volunteers also gratefully receive other great items, including, at times, wool socks, pottery, cookbooks, and special items made by our Youth Enterprise Zone exhibitors.

Sunday is a busy day at the Fair, but volunteer numbers are often lower as people travel back home. Consider taking on a shift in Parking, the Common Kitchen, Compost and Recycling, the Children's Area or another key area of the Fair. We'll be glad to have you.  You can register at www.VolunteerMatters.com/login/mofga or email volunteers@mofga.org for more information. We'll see you at the Fair!

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