We started off an hour later than we were hoping, but 9 AM was still a pretty good start. We made our way down to Unity for the Common Ground Fair. It being my first time, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. We had a lot of fun! Monkey enjoyed the music and people watching. T and I got some good ideas for next year's garden (specifically, the tomatoes!). Monkey also loved all of the animals, but like most toddlers, she lost interest in the sheep dog show after less than 15 minutes.We spent most of the day there checking out all of the booths and exhibits. The hand knit goods reinforced my desire to learn how to knit.
From Unity, we took the long way home (long, out of the way route). We drove to Skowhegan to visit Oak Pond Brewery. It's owned by a husband and wife duo. He gave us a tour and then gave us samples to try. T very much enjoyed Laughing Loon, but he also liked the Nut Brown Ale and Pale Ale. We brought 1/2 gallon each of Laughing Loon and of the Nut Brown home. If you bring the bottle back, cleaned and ready to fill, you can get a refill for $5. Great deal!
From there, we took Route 2 back towards Bangor instead of hopping on the I-95. We stopped at Conant Orchard in Etna (it's right on Route 2 - you can't miss it). We got a paper grocery bag full of apples for $11. That is an awesome price considering we spend $10 a peck at Treworgy Orchards in Levant. The price was great, but for overall experience, I still recommend Treworgy Orchards. They have a petting zoo, corn maze, the apple orchard, hay rides, a pumpkin patch and an ice cream bar.
From there, we headed on home. It was a very full day!