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Common Ground Country Fair brings tens of thousands to Unity Featured

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UNITY - One agricultural fair attracts tens of thousands of people to Unity every year offering a little bit of everything.

"It's definitely different than other agricultural fairs," said April Boucher, the fair director.

For over 40 years, the Common Ground Country Fair has been reconnecting visitors with a rural way of life.

"If you look around, there's a lot of people interested in how to make their space, their homes, more sustainable, how to incorporate different types of agriculture in their lives," said Matt McInnis, a vendor.

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association organizes the event, bringing more than 60,000 people to Unity over three days.

"It's wonderful to have so many people come together, so many ideas, and so many connections get made, and so a lot come back because of the feeling of family really," Boucher said.

"You get to see a lot of different people all into the same area, it's really cool," said Bob Esposito, visiting from New Hampshire.

With more than 700 vendors and exhibits, the fair can be a little overwhelming at first.

"It's great, it's really big, a lot of different exhibits and variants on woodworking and stuff," said Esposito.

"A lot of the food here is sourced local and organically, so you'll find foods here you won't find elsewhere," Boucher said.

From farmers markets to sheep herding, every food and every demonstration is celebrating organic agriculture.

"In part it's a connection to Maine and local crafts, local connection to the land, I think people are trying to go back to that," said Kimberly Buchwald, who is visiting from New Hampshire.

"We find a greater need to work together and ensure the future, organic agriculture is part of the solution," said Boucher.

Once a year, it's bringing people together to find common ground.

"A lot of it is about community, because the community really sets the basis for all the educational talks, people who volunteer their services and expertise," said Boucher. "That really makes Common Ground Country Fair what it is."

Kayla Fish

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!