The Cute Potato Guide to the Common Ground Fair

The Common Ground Country Fair is happening this weekend, and the team is looking forward to returning for some serious fall fun.

The kids were just one- and two-years old when we last visited Unity. We brought a compact stroller along for the trip, even if it meant cramming it into the wagon that transports families to the entrance. If your children are older, walk the woodland path to the CGF. It’s a short hike and definitely worth the added time. The large pine trees that line the trail are dare we say, magical.

When you arrive at the entrance, grab your tickets, as well as a map of the fairgrounds. If you are really efficient, print out the map before you go.

Walk directly to the Children’s Area and try not to be tempted by the incredible array of food, crafts, and gardening information available. Your kids will thank you. You will thank you. The crafts and activities in the kids’ section are so much fun. You’ll be glad to get there early to avoid lines. At 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day, there’s also a colorful, garden parade. Sign up if you can. It’s hard to resist little kids dressed as veggies.

CP #1 loved having free reign over the paint.

CP#1 making a hay craft and wearing a headband she made with Mom.

Once your children have grown tired of arts and crafts (if that’s possible), walk over to the Farmers’ Market nearby, where you can find samples of everything from cider to ice cream. Rather than tackle the lunch crowds and more long lines, we pack a lunch and pick up a few special treats at the market.

The CP kids enjoying blueberries and apple cider.

After lunch, grab a seat for the Border Collie Demo or if there’s time in between shows, take the kids to the livestock display to see an impressive variety of chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and ducks. Visiting the animals is our duo’s second favorite part of the fair (after the kids’ activities). Large livestock is also on view nearby.

CP#1 admiring award-winning roosters and geese.

With so much to see and do, our gang tuckers out by late afternoon. We like to find ourselves a nice slice of pie or cheesecake to share (DP typically takes on missions like these). The sugar boost is all we need to pile back in the car and make the long journey home.

PS: For more tips, see MOFGA’s helpful Suggestions for a More Efficient Travel Time.

Common Ground Country Fair

September 21, 22 and 23
Gates open at 9 a.m. each day

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