The annual Common Ground Country Fair, produced by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association at its Crosby Brook Road grounds just off Route 220, will run Friday through Sunday, Sept. 20 through 22. Several stages will host music both traditional and contemporary.

The Amphitheater features large-scale events and groups likely to fill a dance floor; 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's Sunflower Stage. Scheduled performances, subject to change, follow; most run 60 to 75 minutes.

Friday, Sept. 20

10 a.m.: Mark Brandhorst offers the first of the weekend’s several Learn to Play the Spoons demos on the Maine Folk Traditions stage.

10:30 a.m.: Jonboy Nemo Band plays on the Spotlight Stage.

11:30 a.m.: Leah Wolfsong and Reinaldo Cortez perform on the Spotlight Stage.

Noon: Down East Friends of the Folk Arts host a DEFFA Sing-Along on the Maine Folk Traditions Stage; and Perpetual e-Motion plays in the Amphitheater.

12:30 p.m.: Audrey Ryan plays on the Spotlight Stage.

1 p.m.: Learn to Play the Spoons demo on the Maine Folk Traditions stage.

1:30 p.m.: Milk & Honey Rebellion plays in the Amphitheater.

1:45 p.m.: Meteroa plays on the Spotlight Stage.

2:30 p.m. OC and Sarah perform on the Sunflower Stage.

3 p.m.: Curlew performs in the Amphitheater.

3:15 p.m. T’Acadie plays on the Spotlight Stage.

4:30 p.m.: Red Bird plays rootsy reggae on the Spotlight Stage; and Spencer performs alt pop in the Amphitheater.

Saturday, Sept. 21

10 a.m.: Shanna Underwood and Wanderlust play on the Spotlight Stage; and there's a Learn to Play the Spoons demo on the Maine Folk Traditions stage.

11 a.m.: The Gawler Family plays on the Spotlight Stage; and Women With Wings perform on the Maine Folk Traditions stage.

11:30 a.m.: Ladybugs perform on the Sunflower Stage.

Noon: Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm perform in the Amphitheater.

12:30 p.m.: The Toughcats play on the Spotlight Stage; and Ferry Beach Ecological School performs Eco Skits and Songs on the Sunflower Stage.

1 p.m.: Balkan Women’s Choir singing and folk dancing on the Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

1:30 p.m.: Muddy Marsh Ramblers perform in the Amphitheater.

3 p.m.: The Ale House String Band perform in the Amphitheater.

3:30 p.m.: 11:30 a.m.: Ladybugs perform on the Sunflower Stage.

3:45 p.m.: Cinder Conk plays on the Spotlight Stage.

5 p.m: The Emilia Dahlin Trio plays on the Spotlight Stage; and Perpetual e-Motion plays in the Amphitheater.

Sunday, Sept. 22

10 a.m.: The annual Fiddler’s Showcase on the Maine Folk Traditions Stage begins (signup 9:30 a.m.).

10:30 a.m.: Martin Swinger plays on the Spotlight Stage.

11:30 p.m.: Bangers & Mash play on the Spotlight Stage; and Song Dog Puppeteers perform on the Sunflower Stage.

Noon: Mike Bennett and Balantama play in the Amphitheater; and there will be Maine Sacred Harp shape note singing on the Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

12:30 p.m.: Martin Swinger plays on the Sunflower Stage.

1 p.m.: Carrie Currie plays on the Spotlight Stage; and there will be Rattle the Windows clog dancing on the Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

1:30 p.m.: Denny Breau plays in the Amphitheater.

2 p.m.: Learn to Play the Spoons demo on the Maine Folk Traditions stage.

2:15 p.m.: Putnam Smith plays the Spotlight Stage.

2:30 p.m.: Song Dog Puppeteers perform on the Sunflower Stage.

3 p.m.: Family contra dance gets underway on the Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

3:30 p.m.: J.G. and the Boofs perform in the Amphitheater; and Blue Northern Band plays on the Spotlight Stage.

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 or take the train to the fair get $2 off and those are good ideas since 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, which includes fair admission, costs $18, $15 for senior citizens and $5 age 3 to 12 (free younger); for a schedule, visit brookspreservation.org).

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.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.