UNITY — The 44th year of the Common Ground Fair will be a little different because of the pandemic but that hasn’t stopped organizers from adapting to change.
Since 1977, the Common Ground Country Fair has been a symbol of connectivity for vendors and fairgoers alike.
This year the fair will be switching to a virtual set up with the same ideology in mind.
“We’re really hoping to at least provide some of that community support and that you know we are still here, and we know your still here, said Fair Director, April Boucher. “We’re going to get through this and were going to learn something to and support each other.”
Close to 200 businesses and organizations will participate in this year’s virtual events, which include an online market place, directory, food producers, crafters and much more.
Boucher didn’t shy away from the excitement and positive thoughts she believes this years event will bring.
“You’re going to be able to get your vegetable and fruit fix,” said Boucher. “You’ll be able to see all the wonderful things people are growing.”
With the switch to a technology-based event, members at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) have made adjustments to accommodate everyone.
Boucher said, “We realize with technology, not everyone is into technology so we made our fair book more interactive this year.”
A local production team and the community radio station WERU-FM will be providing everything you need to see, hear and feel to be a part of the experience.
This includes events like educational workshops, an online exhibition hall and a content library where people will have access to everything whenever they want.
Boucher said, the ability to have the use of this technology to reach people, especially in a time like this, makes the difference for not just the local community but the people that would usually come from around the country.
In order to have a safe experience, Boucher and the MOFGA wants to remind everyone of their one rule.
“The grounds are going to be closed to the public,” said Boucher. “So we are hoping you can join us online at fair.mofga.org”
The event is scheduled for Sept,. 25-27 and the marketplace will be running through Jan. 8, 2021.