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Common Ground Gears Up 

The Maine Organic Farmer and Gardener Association is getting ready to host one of Maine’s biggest annual fairs.Preparation for the 33rd annual Common Ground Country Fair in Unity has been smooth according to organizers.Since the fair began in 1976, a focus has been to get out information on how to live more sustainable, energy efficient lives.Tens of thousands of fairgoers are expected to converge in Unity beginning on Friday. “Set up has been going great. We’ve probably got 2/3 of the tents set up,” Said the Associate Director of MOFGA, Heather Spaulding. “We’ve got lots of volunteers and over the course of the week and weekend we’re probably have 1500 volunteers who we’ll have help put on this wonderful show.”Organizers want fairgoers to take extra precautions this year in regards to triple-e, the virus transmitted by mosquitoes.Doctor Dora Anne Mills of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says she’s concerned since triple-e has killed seven horses in Waldo County, where the fair is held, and it’s considered a high-risk area.They say to cover up with extra clothing and wear insect repellent.