Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Common Ground

High: 67°
Low: 40°
Conditions: Mostly sunny and calm
This week marks the start of autumn, and we can think of no better way to celebrate it than the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardener's Common Ground Fair. One of the largest of its kind in North America, Common Ground brings about 60,000 visitors to Central Maine over the course of three days for food, fun, and a little social activism. The fair is a special kind of place: its fried dough is 100% organic whole grain, its midway is filled with folk artisans and peace and justice groups, and the only rides there are the ones you catch on a friendly horse or two. It's a great place to be a canine naturalist--whether you have two legs or four.
Heirloom Apples For Sale

Sheep Dog Herding Demonstrations

Gourd Bird Houses

Oxen Pulls

Fleece Tent

Fleece Maker

mmmmm. . . honey

Fair Shuttle Bus

Winter Shuttle Bus

Winter Shuttle Bus Driver

Food As Art

Food For Lunch

Food On Parade

Friend, NOT Food

Loaf Love at First Sight


Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

I'm furry partial to the winter shuttle bus driver!

My mom and I are furry jealous - that looked like SUCH fun!


Maverick the Pirate said...

Harrrrrr Ari
looks like a fun day Harrrrr. Hope you got lots of that food Harrrr.
Cap'n Maverick the Pirate

frugalmom said...

That looks like great fun. And I bet, great food. Who wouldnt like fried dough? Really? And the fleece maker? Too cute.

Tracey and Huffle said...

I'm asking mum if we can move to Maine. It looks much more fun there than Melbourne.

Huffle Mawson, Honorary Husky and Explorer Cat

Eve said...

Ha Ha! Tell Ari get back to work! What a nice fair. Glad the weather was PERFECT!!

John Theberge said...

I've never been to the Common Ground fair but I think it would be right up my alley. We've had a couple of frosts since last Thursday, the same day you had your first one.

The Daily Echo said...

But was there a Husky Fur tent?? You need to give your Husky buddies a head's up for next year's event. We 'd be happy to help them out.

Me and my puppies said...

... and a good time was had by all!

The Army of Four said...

CUTE shuttle bus driver! :) But... who herded all those sheep dogs? They ARE nicely grouped!

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

I go crazy for horses! Do you?


Booker the Treeing Walker said...

We want a personal fleece-maker! What a great face! Isn't it funny - sad - that the first look at anything ORGANIC is that it is puny, bumpy, odd and inadequate? Those apples look so NORMAL compared to the symmetrical, uniform pile at the grocery store! We know: in a taste-test, REAL apples will win every time!

Kathiesbirds said...

Wonderful photos! Love the food as art! Looks like fun!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

That looks like so much fun. Great food, friends and animals to see..

Big, Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Country Girl said...

I went too, what a great time. Great pictures!

Lorenza said...

Sure you had a great day!
My mom loves honey!
Kisses and hugs

umekotyan said...

Good evening Ari.
The festival of autumn is wonderful.
Organic vegetables are naturally abundant.
And, it is a bottle gourd also in Japan with.
It is pretty, and it is also glad to see the red pepper.
There is food with nature about many.
We wish to express our gratitude for the autumn harvest. :D

from loved ume tyan

D'Azul Siberian said...

Wow Ari, you do the most fun things. We like the winter shuttle bus and want to meet the driver.

D'Azul, Where Siberians Rule

Jen said...

beautiful pictures! they make you wish you were there!!

Dmitri said...

Where can I hire the sleepy husky livery this winter? Do they get to sleep on the job like that, or do they get all their zzzs before the snow comes?

Katherine and Pippa said...

We dry out chillies too, and love organic stuff, but so difficult to do all year.