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    Dozens dressed as vegetables walk in a garden parade Saturday at the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, held by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.

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    People view tables filled with prize-winning produce Saturday on the second day of the fair, now in its 41st year. Staff photo by David Leaming

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    Sherri Mitchell was keynote speaker, and her story of personal turmoil captivated the audience. In January, she lost a cousin, and this year, two nephews took their lives. Staff photo by David Leaming

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    Richard Roberts, left, of the Maine Grain Alliance in Skowhegan, speaks with a man interested in grains and flours Saturday.

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    Hundreds of people held hands Saturday during the emotional closing of a talk by Sherri Mitchell, who stressed the need to protect the planet and care for one another. Staff photo by David Leaming

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    Vendors and customers filled the grounds Saturday, including this farm selling produce.

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    A group shares some laughs and food Saturday. From left are Becky Myers, Don Frye, who wore his fair brochure as a shield in the bright sun, and Patti Dowse. Thousands turned out for the 41st annual fair.

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    Vendors and customers fill the expansive food section Saturday as a worker grills sausage and vegetables at the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity.

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    Hundreds gathered in the common area Saturday to listen to attorney, teacher and spiritual activist for indigenous people Sherri Mitchell. "Acknowledge the preciousness of every, single life," Mitchell said.

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    Kai Fast said she was impressed and moved Saturday after listening to Sherry Mitchell's keynote speech in Unity.

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