Thursday, September 26, 2013


The Maine Common Ground Fair is unique as fairs go.   The area around Unity and Freedom, Maine was settled during the sixties, seventies and eighties by people that were believers in subsistence farming and back to nature living in the model of Scott and Helen Nearing.  

Maine Common Ground Fair is a spin off of this community.   The fair is a symbol of organic farming, alternative power and self sufficiency.  All products demonstrated at the fair must be certified as Organic by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.    There is vegetable and live stock judging; farm, hand crafting, alternative energy, oxen and horse pulls, sheep herding demonstrations and numerous free classes on everything from vegetarian cooking to home canning to composting.  

There are no commercial rides at the Common Ground.  Instead you will find stilt walkers, Morris dancers, singers and folk music performers, and special entertainment for the kids.  

Common Ground is the type of fair you might have found in nineteenth century New England.

The first place my wife (coming out of the John) and her sister (to the right) head for after the hour and a half ride

Vegetable stands line the entrance walk. 

Pumpkin carving

Vegetable judging inside the pavilion

Sister-in-law, wife and brother-in-law
Beautiful wife center - thousands attend - all the tents in the background are craft and displays.

Stilt walkers followed by children dressed as vegetables.

Bag piper in the middle

Crafts and craft people

Demonstration: canvas covering a hand built canoe.

And then there are the food tents: all food must be natural or organic to be allowed to be served at Common Ground

Morris Dancers

Common Ground is always held the third week end of September.   A totally different experience.

You-all come.
the Ol'Buzzard


  1. It looks like a wonderful event! Just my kind of thing. And I love Morris Dancers too with their little bells on their legs!

  2. Those scythes look like they would be awkward to use as the handles look to be almost straight.

    The one with the guy using the broadaxe to make a beam reminded me of how my dad was good at doing that. He could take a log and square it up in a short time. Still have one or two of those holddowns to keep the log from rolling.


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