The annual Common Ground Country Fair, produced by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association at its grounds just off Route 220, will run Friday through Sunday, Sept. 24 through 26. Several stages will host music both traditional and contemporary.

The Amphitheater features fiddle showcases and other large-scale events; the Spotlight Stage hosts smaller, more intimate performances; and the Maine Folk Traditions Stage houses contra dances with live music. Tucked in-between are performances at the Children’s Area, on/in the Sunflower Stage and roving around the grounds. This year’s staged lineup leans heavily towards the indie folk/popsters who have been appearing at Belfast’s Roots & Tendrils of late, with a good representation of the state’s fine fiddle tradition as well. Scheduled performances, subject to change, follow.

Friday, Sept. 24

10 to 11 a.m.: Katherine Rhoda, Spotlight Stage.

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Bound to Have a Little Fun String Band, Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: The Milliners, Spotlight Stage.

Noon to 1 p.m.: Dave Peloquin and Bob Webb, Amphitheater.

12:30 to 2 p.m.: Ti Acadie plays contra dance, Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

1 to 2 p.m.: Maine Fiddle Camp Allstars, Amphitheater.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Travis Cyr & The Strings of Calamity, Amphitheater.

2 to 2:50 p.m.: Vanessa Torres, Spotlight Stage.

3 to 4:30 p.m.: Bound to Have a Little Fun String Band plays old-time fiddle dance, Maine Folk Traditions Stage

3 to 3:30 p.m.: Putnam Smith, Spotlight Stage.

3 to 4 p.m.: Ti Acadie plays traditional New England/Quebecois dance, Amphitheater.

4:30 to 5:45 p.m.: Emilia Dahlin, Spotlight Stage.

4:30 to 6 p.m.: Jerks of Grass, Amphitheater.

5 to 6:30 p.m. Maine Fiddle Camp Allstars play contra dance, Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

Saturday, Sept. 25

10 to 10:45 a.m.: Emma Walsh & Chuck Donnelly, Spotlight Stage.

11 a.m. to noon: Bound to Have a Little Fun String Band, Maine Folk Traditions Stage; and The Gawler Family, Spotlight Stage.

Noon to 1 p.m.: Vaudeville troupe Over A Cardboard Sea, Amphitheater; and Sacred Harp Shape Note Singers, Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

12:30 to 1:45 p.m.: The Toughcats, Spotlight Stage.

1 to 2 p.m.: Balkan Women’s Choir plus international folk dancing, Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

1:45 to 3 p.m.: Gabriel Zacchai Trio, Amphitheater.

2 to 3:30 p.m.: Perpetual E-motion dance, Folk Traditions Stage.

3:30 to 5 p.m.: Bound to Have a Little Fun String Band dance, Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

Midcoast ticket outlets

Belfast

Belfast Co-op

The Green Store

Camden

Nature’s Choice

Liberty

Liberty Graphics

Rockland

Good Tern Co-Op

The Reading Corner

Unity

Mac’s Hardware

Unity College Bookstore

Waldoboro

The Well-Tempered Kitchen

3 to 4:30 p.m. Space vs. Speed, Amphitheater.

4 to 5 p.m.: David Dodson, Spotlight Stage.

5 to 6:30 p.m.: Frank Ferrell and the Feral Cats contra dance, Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

5 to 6:15 p.m.: Inanna Sisters In Rhythm, Amphitheater; and Perpetual E-motion dance, Spotlight Stage.

Sunday, Sept. 26

10 a.m. to noon: Annual Fiddlers’ Showcase, Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

10 to 10:45 a.m.: Raging Grannies, Spotlight Stage.

Noon to 1:15 p.m.: Dog Wants Out, Amphitheater.

Noon to 1 p.m.: Sacred Harp Shape Note Singers, Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Martin Swinger, Sunflower Stage.

12:45 to 1:45 p.m.: Eric Bettencourt, Spotlight Stage.

2 to 3 p.m.: John McIntire calls family contra dance, Maine Folk Traditions Stage; Jacob & The House Of Fire, Amphitheater; and Marie Moreshead, Spotlight Stage.

3:15 to 4:45 p.m.: Maine Fiddle Camp Allstars, Spotlight Stage.

3:30 to 5 p.m.: Roosevelt Dime, Amphitheater.

Tickets, trains and more

Gates open at 9 a.m. each day, closing at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 5 p.m. Sunday. The fair goes on, rain or shine. Daily admission is $10, $8 for those older than 65 and free for those younger than 13 or handicapped. Those who bike to the fair get $2 off and that is not a bad idea, as getting to the fairgrounds off Route 220 can be a challenge by car, given the attendance. The Brooks Preservation Society will be running the former Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad trains between Unity and Thorndike and the fairgrounds. An all-day pass costs $10, $5 younger than 10; for a schedule, visit brookspreservation.org/MOFGA/Schedule.htm.

Of course, there is a lot more than music at this annual celebration of rural traditions. For a complete Common Ground Country Fair schedule, see the ubiquitous fair tabloid or read it online at mofga.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.