Even though this was only our second year, I can sense the Common Ground Fair quickly becoming a favorite family tradition.
This was our kind of fair! Super family friendly, complete with an incredible Children's Village.
We were joined at the fair by some new friends, the B's. Little C is ready to join their family, as you can see from the picture above (that's her on the left). N. and I snuck off to a felting workshop together while the brave papas took the kids to see the eight mule hitch! I don't know who had more fun at the fair, the kids or the grownups!
There's nothing like small-batch raw milk ice cream!
Everywhere we looked there were the most amazing colors...
... and beautiful handmade items.
There is something so beautiful and peaceful about the quiet clanging of harness and snorting of the horses as a field gets plowed without petroleum--foreign or otherwise.
The hay jump is an ever-popular activity. She's so much more confident this year!
More incredible autumn colors!
And the sweet baby alpacas.
So, yes, we had a wonderful two days at the fair. Even the drive was fun, because we carpooled with Farmer Kat and Zac (he's a farmer too--our raw milk supplier--but for some reason Little C hasn't dubbed him such). We went to workshops on seed-saving, felting, wood-lot management, healing with herbs, and many more. We slid down a hill on cardboard and ate the most incredible food, ALL of which was sourced in Maine! (No coffee or chocolate at this fair!) Mostly we hung out in the Children's Village, because really, that's the best part of the fair. There was face painting, nail hammering, and of course, the hay jump. There was also a crew of young fiddlers and tons of arts and crafts, so we pretty much had a ball. The best part of the fair (besides just hanging out with all my peeps!) was just being in these masses of people (Um, yeah. 50,000 over 3 days!) who all CARE to some degree or another about our human existence and how we can live on this earth in harmony. It was just so great to be able to look around and say, "SEE??!! I'm not crazy!!!" But I didn't do that. I just got my Sweet Ani crown and reveled in being *normal* for a little while. Ah, yes, a good time was had by all.
Another highlight was running into some old friends from college, and getting to meet their wee one for the first time. They also have a very cute 5 year old, with whom Little C flirted in the hay!
SouleMama has some great Fair pictures at her blog as well!