We headed up to Maine for our annual pilgrimage to the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine, staying at our favorite sheep farm Airbnb. The season was officially Autumn, the mornings were chilly, and the sheep were entertaining.
At the fair, for the youngest member of the family, there was face painting, hula hooping, garden parade marching, bread baking over a fire, and farm animal admiring. I attended a workshop on equine first aid and homeopathy which was pretty interesting. I was familiar with homeopathy for humans, but wouldn't have made the jump to think to use it on horses. I also watched a talk by Chris Lombard on making connections with your horse, which was pretty inspirational. Here is a short video of him and Rocky, his beautiful palomino.
There was also lots of Maine fiber, a farmers market packed with harvest season goodness, art and products made by Maine artists, and workshops on everything from goat hoof trimming, making your own coffin, logging with draft horses, using herbs for medicine to social and political action topics.
The Common Ground Fair is not the typical county fair event of fattening greasy food, country music, not-quite-safe-looking spinning rides, and first prizes given for the largest zucchini. There are no rides except for the pieces of cardboard that are required for sledding down the grass hill (no ticket required). I did see someone weighing a large pumpkin on an old fashioned scale, but I'm betting the pumpkin was grown organically. The music venues are varied and there is a contra dance for all ages. It is a place where you can truly feel free to be yourself, where you can learn new skills, open your mind to new ideas, and just enjoy being in a picturesque rural Maine setting. I'm already looking forward to next year.