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Common Ground fair attracts thousands to Unity

Posted Sept. 23, 2012, at 5:53 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 23, 2012, at 7:22 p.m.
SeVeah Hilton dances to the music of Inanna on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, during the 36th annual Common Ground Country Fair in Unity.
SeVeah Hilton dances to the music of Inanna on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, during the 36th annual Common Ground Country Fair in Unity. Buy Photo
Parents watch as children slide on cardboard down a grassy hill on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, during the 36th annual Common Ground Country Fair in Unity.
Parents watch as children slide on cardboard down a grassy hill on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, during the 36th annual Common Ground Country Fair in Unity. Buy Photo

UNITY, Maine — Thousands of people turned out over the weekend to take in the 36th annual Common Ground Country Fair, enjoying the three-day event that celebrates rural life in Maine.

Events included livestock shows, exhibition hall judging, live music and contradances, workshops, talks and demonstrations on topics in farming, organic gardening and lawn care, seed saving, cooking with local foods, energy-efficient building technologies, and environmental, health and social issues.

Keynote speakers included Shannon Hayes of Sap Bush Hollow Farm in New York, the author of “Radical Homemakers” and “The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook”; Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides; and Sarah Smith of Grassland Farm in Skowhegan.

Events were scheduled through late Sunday afternoon.

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