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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Common Ground 2016

Autumn in Maine means country fairs galore! I missed out on all the fairs last year, so I was very excited to attend the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity this year. The Common Ground Country Fair is a three day-long fair focusing on food, arts, and more but all of it revolves around a central theme: celebrating rural life in Maine.

The Common Ground fair fosters a sense of community by connecting local farmers, artists, makers, and doers with people from all over Maine. An estimated 60,000 people attend the fair each year. I was seriously overwhelmed by the choices-- the food, the produce, the demonstrations, the artwork, everything. There was certainly not a lack of things to do and see at this fair.

Swag from Taproot and the Beehive Design Collective
From the Beehive Design Collective
I loved seeing this, and the "Stolen Spring" sticker, because I've seen firsthand how detrimental the bottled water industry is to communities. When I used to live in Fryeburg, I lived half a mile from one of Nestle/Poland Spring's water pumps and it was extremely unpleasant, to say the least. This summer Maine was in a drought, peoples' wells were running dry, and they were forced to go buy Poland Springs water--- water that was from their town. I'm really just skimming the surface here and I don't want to go off topic, but I implore you to read more about this issue and urge you to not support the bottled water industry.


I wish I had taken more photos but my hands were full all day with some of the best chai tea I've ever had, organic produce, Indian corn, and brochures. My eyes were also watering because I'm weak when it comes to adorable farm animals. I just want to take them all home and love them. Thankfully Spencer was there to stop me from buying a new pet rabbit or 5.

I'm already excited for next year's fair!
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