So this past weekend was the Common Ground Fair, a great place to people watch. Did you know hippies are still with us? Or is it only in Maine? And not just the 50 and 60 year olds from the 1960′s (though they are there, those that are still living off the grid and those that have more corporate lives). I digress… a wide assortment of people come to the fair.
I go there to work. Usually to share info about invasive plants, but this year we also were hawking our book. I always enjoy talking to people, and hearing their stories, and providing helpful suggestions where I can.
This year I gabbed with The Humble Farmer. He has a distinctive voice, and after a few minutes I blurted out “Oh, I know who you are“. And then I started laughing because he was wearing a hat that said “The Humble Farmer“. I was clearly paying more attention to what he was saying than what he was wearing. He commented “who else wears a tie to the Common Ground Fair?” and I replied “people wear all sorts of stuff to the fair“. He even video interviewed me. I think it was because “look familiah” to him and he couldn’t figure out why. I told him my biological family has been in Maine since the 1700′s, and I look much like them. “Newcomahs” he says. They all live in the general area that he does, so I still think this must be it.
I always get some time to play.
The kid’s parade is a hoot. Embiggen if you desire.
Fun stuff in the parade (besides the cute overload with all the little kids): an assortment of bugs, vegetables, a rain cloud, snake, slug, and the drummer playing with squashes!
Got to check out the agriculture display. I asked some young guy tidying the tables “What possesses people to enter this thing?” (as I looked at a bunch of potatoes that looked like, well potatoes). “Pride I guess” (oooh, one of the 7 deadly!) and he continued “do you see anything interesting there?”. Um, potatoes. They look just like the potatoes from my garden.
Nonetheless, there are some interesting things in here. I was much more taken overall with the second place winners. What can that mean?
I forget what kind of squash this is, other than warty. Second place is wartier. But it has a small rot spot on the bottom. Who doesn’t have some small spot they don’t want folks to see on their bottom??
There was also this thing called skirret. It seems interesting, but do you have to peel it?
and then there were the fiber entries
There was a lovely sweater, sort of a fisherman knit, lots of cables, seemingly of wool, but it was so far back we couldn’t touch or photograph it.
And speaking of sweaters, the Phaeolus sweater is soaking, ready for a block. I tried a variety of buttons, and none of them look good, so I guess I’ll do little hooks and eyes like the pattern suggests. Here it is before I finished sewing in the ends.