As is tradition, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association unveiled the next Common Ground Country Fair poster at the annual Agricultural Trades Show, which took place Jan. 1 at the Augusta Civic Center.

The 2019 poster features two Dexter heifers posing with oats and red and crimson clover. Dexters are raised for dairy, beef and draft power, making them an excellent triple-purpose breed for homesteads.

Artist Kevin Martin of Vinalhaven created the design, offering an engaging and fitting image for the 43rd annual Common Ground Country Fair, Sept. 20 through 22 in Unity. The poster is available now through MOFGA's online Country Store at mofgastore.org.

And the trustees of the Union Fair and Maine Wild Blueberry Festival have launched their annual contest to choose a design suitable for use in publicizing the 2019 Union Fair, set for Aug. 17 through 24. All entries must be submitted no later than March 31.

Entries should reflect the themes of this traditional agricultural fair including, but not limited to, blueberries, agriculture, fairs/carnivals, farm animals, 4-H, crafts, harness racing, etc. Posters should reflect both the aspects of a traditional agricultural fair and the Maine Wild Blueberry festival. Artwork should be poster size, approximately 14-by-20 inches, and need not include lettering, dates, etc.

Medium is artist's choice, but must be in color. The selected design will be used in the production of posters and other media, so colors should be strong; and design bold and graphic, avoiding elements that do not reproduce clearly such as shading.

Contest entries will be accepted from the public; all rights to the selected design will become the property of the Union Fair. The selected poster artist will be awarded $500. It is hoped that the artist will be available, through not required, to attend one or more days during fair week to be recognized and to sign posters, etc.

All entries must be accompanied with an entry form, available at unionfair.org or contacting George Gross at njmoxie1@verizon.net. Entries should be mailed to Union Fair – Matthews Museum, c/o George Gross, P.O. Box 582, Union, ME 04862; or dropped off at the Union Town Office on Common Road, to the attention of Jay Feyler.

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