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Old 09-09-2012, 07:31 AM
 
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Looking forward to attending the Fair for the first time!

I'm wondering -- for those who have been -- is it huge? How's the parking and where's the best place to park?

Do people have seedlings and soil for sale? Should I bring a cart or something to carry stuff in? Or isn't it that type of event?

Thanks for any tips or info!
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:49 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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It is great! Plenty of parking but it takes a while to get in from what I remember. We used to take the train from Unity station down. Do they still run one?? You might want to bring a bag to carry some stuff in. Make sure it's green though (the common attitude). And check out the Scythe Company stall. Interesting man who educates on all things suach as that (OK, bias alert. My brother). We are hoping to get there this year again after a too long hiatus.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:14 AM
 
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Oh wow, that's pretty cool, Mr. Tin! Does he actually sell scythes? I would buy one.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:35 AM
 
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Here's the thread from 2010-2011

Common Ground Fair Starts Today
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:00 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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Oh wow, that's pretty cool, Mr. Tin! Does he actually sell scythes? I would buy one.
He (and a few others) work with a woman who is the owner. They get the steel from Europe and buid the snath, etc. They also do a bunch of video lessons as well as courses at fairs around New England and places in the county. They sell them all over the world, literally. Shipped more than a few to Hong Kong, Sweden, Australia. It is quite the operation. They will most likely be at Common Ground.
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:11 AM
 
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There is free parking on two sides of the fairgrounds. If you come in from the Unity side, do NOT allow the part-time police officer standing in the entrance road direct you into the privately owned pay lot on the right. He will try to tell you that the FREE fair parking lots down the road by the fairgrounds are full. Don't believe him. Tell him you have to drop someone off near the entrance and drive on by. I've complained about this for years, and the MOFGA folks just shrug their shoulders. They've complained, too, but someone has an in with the sheriff's office apparently and they can't seem to stop it. Besides charging an arm and leg, the private pay lot is a looong walk from the fairgrounds.

Take a backpack to carry all the literature and goodies that you pick up. A cloth bag with handles for purchases is also a good idea. A lot of people carry water, although there are water fountains on the fairgrounds. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. If you're a caffeine addict, bring in your drink of choice. Coffee is not sold on the fairgrounds.

Cellphone reception at the fair is spotty, to say the least, so don't count on coordinating your meet-ups with friends that way. Set a time and a place ahead of time. Get a copy of the MOFGA paper early and study the schedule to see if there are any events or talks you have a special interest in.
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:27 PM
 
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I think you'd enjoy it. The only ride is horse drawn. The music isn't loud and blaring. Food is organic and produced in Maine for the most part. The artisans are wonderful! There are numerous speakers and demonstrations. If you're going to see the booths, barns, garden, high tunnel, farmers market (my favorite part) and everything else, you'll need to plan for a full day. You'll probably want to bring a camera.
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:37 PM
 
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Great tips everyone!

I can't wait. I plan on buying from Johnny's Seeds, for sure, and I will have a look at those scythes! I already mow with a human-powered mower, so that's not much of a stretch. I am short though, I'm sure it would have to be custom-made.

Thanks again, you guys. I can't wait, it will be fun!
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:30 PM
 
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Don't limit yourself to Johnny's. Fedco Seeds also has a popular booth, and they have a wider selection IMO.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:04 AM
 
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^^

Oh right, Coaster. I think it was Maine Writer that mentioned them on another thread, and I checked out their site. Fedco also have trees, it looks like.

Thanks for all the parking tips, too! See, I would never know any of that.

I can't rep any of you guys any more, but consider yourselves repped!
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