As I sit down to put my thoughts on paper, it is only 26 days until we open. Where has this year gone? My Office Staff, the Executive Board, Department Heads and many others have been working hard to put on the very best fair that has become tradition in Topsfield for many years. This is the 195th year of this great event and I have to say we are all looking forward to the many exciting and new experiences that we will have at this year's fair. The Opening Saturday morning begins with the Grand Parade. We will also feature two Monster Truck shows in the Arena at 5pm and 8pm. Tickets are on sale for $15.00 at the office and online - they have been selling extremely well.
In the Grandstand, the Dock Dogs will start off the first weekend and The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show on the last weekend. During the week, we will feature the local act The Fools from Ipswich on Monday, Angie Miller (American Idol finalist) on Tuesday, Bobby Vinton on Wednesday, Britt Nicole on Thursday, and Tate Stevens (X Factor winner) on Friday. These acts round out a full mix of entertainment to delight young and old in the Grandstand area.
On the second Saturday we will have two paid concerts. The morning concert will be Coco Jones from the Disney Channel and Cher Lloyd will be performing in the evening. These shows have maximum appeal to the younger fairgoers and add to all the anticipation of a great fair.
This year we have been working very closely with the State Police, ATF, and the Topsfield Police on enhanced security measures for your safety. As part of this, we will be having bag searches at all of our gates and I hope that you will be patient with us as we attempt to make sure every person that comes on our grounds is safe and comfortable with their surroundings. We live in changing times and yet it is very important to all of us at the fair that the fair family has a good time as in years past in an environment of family and education.
Our theme this year is "Make Time for a Great Time" and that is what we will be having each and every day at the fair.
The 4-H display will be in their new home, the same as last year in the Grange, Farm & Fair Museum and the new sign will have 4-H on it. The 4-H'ers are looking forward to seeing all of you in the building and don't forget to get your raffle tickets to allow this great program to continue and grow. If you are thinking of joining, please let them know and start the fun.
This month we are hosting our Second Annual 5K Topsfield Fair Scholarship Benefit Road Race. The race will be held on Sunday, September 29th, starting at 10 AM. Last year the fair gave out $27,000 in college scholarships to 27 students in Essex County. The pledge of the Executive Board is to continue with even more scholarships as a commitment to all of you and the youth of Essex County.
Those of you who are volunteers have demonstrated your unselfish commitment to the world around us through your donations to this year's Volunteer Picnic. Your generosity has helped to make the lives of our neighbors and friends just a little easier. The Society was able to help four charities in Essex County. This year's donations have increased our commitment to the communities around us to over $15,000 over the past five years. Because of your benevolence, which is appreciated by the individuals who need a little extra help right now, you make me very proud to be the manager of "The Best Fair in America".
The Fair has been very busy selling pre-fair tickets, ride tickets, and tickets for the two paid shows that we are having in the Arena on the second Saturday. They can be purchased online or at the Main Gate ticket booth (at the front entrance of the fair).
On October 8th, we will have Military Day. Men and women in the military may present current valid military ID at any admission gate on that day, and we will allow these military personnel and immediate family members free admission to the fair. These families have given so much to us, and this is a way for all of us to say thank you for all that they do for our country. If you see them on the grounds, please walk up to them and say thanks in person. Timmy Perkins will be our Grand Marshal at our parade and honored on Tuesday, Military Day for his service in Vietnam.
We have been working at implementing many more ways to save energy on the fairgrounds. One example that you may notice is the new lights in the Arena. I hope that you like the new look.
I want to thank my family, friends and all of you for your continuing support and for allowing us to present the 2013 Topsfield Fair.
JAMES P. O'BRIEN
General Manager, Topsfield Fair
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Get your pre-fair tickets now, and tell your neighbors! Tickets are on sale in the ticket booth and online now, with ride strips selling at $22.00 for 11 rides, and admission tickets for $9 each. See you at the Fair!
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