Common Ground visitors asked to purchase tickets in advance
Tickets for the 45th annual Common Ground Country Fair are on sale. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association event is scheduled to take place September 24-26 at Unity.
“We look forward to supporting a healthy and safe event in person this year,” said April Boucher, director of the fair, according to a press release from the association. “In order to facilitate a safe event, we ask all festival-goers to purchase tickets before arriving at the gates to minimize traffic jams and queues, and so that we can limit attendance to a number that takes in charge of social distancing. ”
The events and layout of the fair have been reworked to reduce traffic jams and long lines, and increased disinfection will be implemented. The fair will always feature hundreds of exhibitors and activities focused on sustainable living, from fiber arts to green building, live music, kids’ activities and organic Maine food.
The framework of the fair is added to the draw. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, which also serves as an exhibition center, features a sustainably managed woodland as well as organic orchards and demonstration gardens. This landscape serves as the backdrop for the demonstrations on low impact forestry, organic farming and gardening, livestock management and other aspects of rural life that will take place during the fair.
Keynote speakers will include Karen Washington, co-owner and farmer of Rise & Root Farm and co-founder of Black Urban Growers; Amara Ifeji, a 19-year-old climate justice activist; and Stacy Brenner, organic farmer and state senator, will address food justice issues, including food security, climate change, land justice, and farm workers’ rights.
Tickets for the event are available on mofga.org. Visitors will receive their tickets by email and can download them to a smartphone or print them out for scanning at the boarding gate. Festival goers who do not have internet access can purchase tickets over the phone by calling 207-568-6049 during opening hours on Wednesdays.
Advance rates, available until September 22, are as follows: adults 18-64, $ 14; persons aged 65 and over, $ 10; youth 13-17, $ 10; children 12 and under, free daily; and people with disabilities, free of charge every day for them and a caregiver.
School groups are free on Friday, September 24, and volunteers receive free entry for the day of their four-hour volunteer shift, as well as a Common Ground Country Fair t-shirt and other perks.
MOFGA members receive free exhibition tickets depending on membership level. All tickets must be reserved in advance, including free tickets.
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