Top 5 Reasons to Run the Fair

Posted September 13, 2015

Check out the Fair, crowd free! Everyone gets to see the fair once it has already opened, but how many people can say they got to explore the Topsfield Fair crowd free? Check out all your favorite spots as you run through the fair and along scenic Topsfield. Our race after party puts all other parties to shame. Our race after party...

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How to Get Involved in “Year of the Sunflower”

Posted July 9, 2015

The biggest way to get involved this year is by entering in our new exhibit categories made especially for this year’s theme!  The Farm Photography Contest has added “Year of the Sunflower” categories for Youth and Adults.  The Educational Department has added a special youth “Year of the Sunflower” poster contest as well.  Adults have always been able to enter...

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Fairest of Them All Bridal Expo

Posted March 7, 2015

Tomorrow (March 8th), 100 local brides will flock to Coolidge Hall on the Topsfield Fairgrounds for the Essex Agricultural Society’s “Fairest of Them All” Bridal Expo. The Expo, which will be open from 11AM to 4PM, will be an event to remember, with a live DJ, lots of demonstrations, and food samples.   We have a wonderful assortment of vendors...

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We Have a New Friend!

Posted October 8, 2014

  The 2014 Topsfield Fair is proud to announce our newest sponsor, National Grid.  They have a long standing tradition of supporting local events, and is committed to the communities they serve. National Grid is an electricity and gas company that networks their consumers to energy sources.  In Northeast America alone, they connect more than 7 million gas and electric...

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Meet Abbey D’Agostino!

Posted September 26, 2014

If you haven’t heard of Abbey D’Agostino, you will soon.  The 22 year old Topsfield native already took Dartmouth college by storm and is now getting ready to take her talents to the national level. She is a passionate and fierce competitor, Abbey is easily the most decorated athlete in Darthmouth history.  She is just beginning to start her professional...

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Show Us Your Best Cookie!

Posted September 15, 2014

If you think you have the greatest oatmeal cookie recipe, then we have the perfect contest for you!  This year’s Cookie Celebration supported by Goodie’s Ice Cream theme is “Favorite Oatmeal Cookie.”   Entries will be judged based on flavor, texture, appearance, and originality/creativity.  First place wins a blue ribbon (for bragging rights), $40 (to buy more ingredients to make...

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Topsfield Fair Runs for a Cause

Posted September 11, 2014

If you like running for a good cause, then we have great news for you!  The Topsfield Fair Annual Road Race is back for another year!  Join us on September 28th, at 8AM for check in and 10AM for race start! Every year the Essex Agricultural Society donates over $25,000 in scholarship money to rising seniors throughout Essex County.  This...

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Top 7 Things About Growing a Giant Pumpkin

Posted September 8, 2014

Recently I went to visit Woody Lancaster of Topsfield, who won the Giant Pumpkin competition in 2013.  I had never seen a Giant Pumpkin being grown before, my pumpkin experience up until this point was picking one out at a local farm from my house around Halloween.  When talking with Woody, I soon realized I knew absolutely nothing about what...

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Danielle Bradbury is coming to the Topsfield Fair!

Posted August 20, 2014

  NBC’s The Voice winner, Danielle Bradbery, is coming to the 2014 Topsfield Fair! The seventeen-year-old country music singer from Cypress, Texas, sung her way into our hearts when she won Season Four of The Voice in 2013.  She holds the title of being the youngest contestant ever to win the show.     While on the show The Voice,...

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Six Fast Ways to Save Money at the Fair!

Posted August 18, 2014

Here at the fair, we know a lot of people are on a budget!  We decided to put our best ideas together to come up with a list of tips for you to have the most fun, without spending too much money!   1) Buy Pre-Sale Tickets Pre-Sale tickets are only $9.00 and can be used on a weekday or...

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Let the Good Times GROW!

Posted August 14, 2014

        This year’s theme is brought to you by Jenna Melvin from Danvers, MA and could not be more perfect for this year’s fair!         In a literal sense, “Let the Good Times Grow” applies to the agriculture part of the fair.  After all, we are the world’s oldest agricultural fair.  It represents all the great things we have that...

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Free Monster Truck Pit Passes!

Posted August 12, 2014

Happy Entertainment Tuesday from the Topsfield Fair!  Want to win FREE pit party passes to this year’s monster truck show?  All you have to do is purchase tickets to our Monster Truck Show before 9PM tonight (August 12th) and you’ll be entered into a random drawing for pit party passes! The trucks will take over the arena on Saturday, October...

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The Mounties Are Coming to The Topsfield Fair!

Posted August 8, 2014

The 2014 Topsfield Fair is proud to announce that The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, more commonly known as “The Mounties,” are coming to the Fair’s Arena!  Known for their red coats and Stetson hats, The Mounties are members of the federal and national police force of Canada who volunteer for musical ride duty after two years of active police work....

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Axe Women Loggers of Maine Coming to 2014 Topsfield Fair

Posted July 23, 2014

Come see the Axe Women Loggers of Maine at the 2014 Topsfield Fair! These all female timber sports athletes travel throughout North America entertaining at fairs, sports shows, and festivals.   This group of six world titleholders are champion axe throwers and choppers.  Their skills include underhand chopping, standing block chopping, hot sawing, cross cut sawing, axe throwing and log...

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America Coming to the 2014 Topsfield Fair!

Posted July 22, 2014

The 2014 Topsfield Fair is proud to announce that America will be back to perform Wednesday October 8th in the fair’s Grandstand.  America, a folk rock band established in London in 1970, has had several number one hits and won a Grammy for best new musical artist in 1972.  Some of their best-known songs include “A Horse With No Name,”...

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Topsfield Fair – Now Hiring!

Posted July 21, 2014

The Topsfield Fair will be hosting on the spot interviews for all candidates interested in working as temporary employees at the 2014 Topsfield Fair. Interviews will be held on Monday, July 28th from 10AM to 7PM, and Tuesday, July 29th through Friday, August 1st from 10AM to 4PM. Candidates will be interviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, so no prior...

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The Houston Bernard Band is coming to the 2014 Topsfield Fair!

Posted July 16, 2014

The 2014 Topsfield Fair is pleased to announce that The Houston Bernard Band will be performing at the Trianon Stage on Sunday October 12 at 3:00 PM. Houston Bernard is a country singer from Oklahoma that is deeply connected to his rockabilly roots.  His music videos have been broadcasted on MTV, Logo, and other stations as well as all over...

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Confederate Railroad Coming to the 2014 Topsfield Fair!

Posted July 15, 2014

The 2014 Topsfield Fair is thrilled to announce that Confederate Railroad, will be performing on Tuesday October 7 at 7:00 PM.  This country music band entered the scene back in the 90’s when they signed with Atlantic Records.  Their hit song “She Took It Like A Man” went directly to number 26 on the charts.  Two more singles followed; “Jesus...

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Monster Trucks Coming to the 2014 Topsfield Fair!

Posted July 8, 2014

Come see giant trucks with pick up truck bodies, massive suspension, and extremely large wheels crush smaller vehicles and man made barriers.  The names of the trucks include The Illuminator, Green Mountain, Avenger, and Brutus.  The whole family will not only be entertained, but amazed and astounded when they attend the Monster Truck Show coming back to the Topsfield Fair...

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North Sea Gas Coming to the 2014 Topsfield Fair!

Posted July 8, 2014

The 2014 Topsfield Fair is pleased to announce that North Sea Gas, one of Scotland’s most popular and highly entertaining folk bands, will be performing on Monday October 6 at the Grandstand.  Not only does this band feature guitars, but they also use mandolins, fiddles, bouzoukis, whistles, bodhrans, and banjos to enhance their dynamic Celtic/Scottish sound.  They have recorded over...

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The Meadows Brothers

Posted July 2, 2014

[youtube]   ARTIST SUMMARY: The Meadows Brothers will perform on the Topsfield Fair Picnic Area Stage on Columbus Day, Monday, October 13th, 2014. Dustin and Ian Meadows, who together make “The Meadows Brothers”, have created a quintessential band. They possess four main qualities that we know will make them a sure-fire hit with our Fair Patrons – variety, individuality, talent, and passion.   VARIETY & INDIVIDUALITY: From  Bill...

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Ayla Brown at 2014 Topsfield Fair!

Posted July 1, 2014

Massachusetts native, Ayla Brown, is singing her way to center stage at the Topsfield Fair! Originally from Wrentham, MA, Ms. Brown was a contestant on American Idol season 5 where she placed in the top 16.  A woman of many talents, she is also a former NCAA basketball player and a graduate of Boston College with a degree in communications....

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Nerveless Nocks

Posted July 1, 2014

The Fair is excited to present the Nerveless Nocks – an aerial stunt show! The Nocks have earned universal acclaim for their daring stunts on skyscraping sway poles, completely free of guy wires and safety means. The Nocks can bend their sway poles to a perilous 40 degree angle. They also feature an unbelievable and risky mid-air sway pole exchange,...

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The Racing Pigs Are Back!!!

Posted June 30, 2014

Missed the Racing Pigs last year at the Topsfield Fair? They are back this year and ready to race! Robinsons Racing Pigs have been entertaining fair-goers for many years with their athletic abilities in the water and on the racetrack.  Come watch the Paddling Porker Show as they race four at a time, diving into a twenty-four foot swimming pool...

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100 DOP is back!

Posted June 25, 2014

It’s official – at 1PM today (June 25, 2014) we reached exactly 100 days until the 2014 Topsfield Fair! Do you know  what that means? Our daily countdown to the Fair is officially on, featuring posts on our Facebook and Twitter every day from now until Opening Day, with entertainment announcements, reminders about Exhibitor’s Handbook, and LOTS of giveaways! We’ve got...

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Meet Jenna – 2014 Theme Contest Winner!

Posted March 31, 2014

As a life-long resident of Danvers, I have attended the fair with family and friends every year since I was born. As far back as I can remember, my dad and I would take a day off from school/work and go to the fair and spend the day eating our favorite fair foods (Vegetable Tempura!) and playing the midway games...

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8 Things You Simply Need to Know About Our Enhanced Security

Posted October 2, 2013

  The Topsfield Fair is being proactive. We know that if there had ever been an incident, we would have regretted not being as prepared as possible and not doing everything we could to prevent it. There have been no threats of any kind, we simply want to be educated and keep ourselves and our patrons safe. The Topsfield Fair...

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Posted September 15, 2013

     Roll up your sleeves and roll out some dough for the 2013 Fleischmann’s Yeast “Best Baking Contest,” an annual recipe contest hosted at the Topsfield Fair (and exclusively at 33 more state and county fairs). The contest helps a good cause: for each entry nationwide (between July and October, 2013) ACH Food Companies will contribute $10 to the...

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Welcoming back a FAN FAVORITE!

Posted August 6, 2013

[youtube=] – The Topsfield Fair is glad to be welcoming back a fan favorite to the 2013 Topsfield Fair – the Demolition Derby and Double Figure-8 Race! Each year, the Arena stands fill as we round out the end of the Fair with these great events. The Double Figure-8 Race starts at 3:30PM and the Demolition Derby starts at 7:00PM....

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Annual 5K Walk/Run Race

Posted July 28, 2013

The Topsfield Fair will be hosting the second annual 5K Walk/Run Race to help support the Essex Agricultural Society’s College Scholarship fund. The Topsfield Fair 5K Road Race will take place on Sunday, September 29, 2013. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. Race starts at 10:00 a.m. The race begins and ends at the Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston Street (Route 1)...

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Krista Angelucci at the 2013 Topsfield Fair

Posted July 27, 2013

Krista’s name should ring a bell to many people – she has an extensive musical background and is based right out of Massachusetts! In fact, Krista grew up in Billerica, only about half an hour from the Fairgrounds! You may have also seen her at some of your favorite events (other than the Fair, of course!). On top of performing...

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It’s Now or Never!

Posted July 25, 2013

This week’s 100DOP Question is: “Will you be exhibiting with us this year?” Deadlines for entries forms (and even some actual entries) will be here soon! With only 72 days until the 2013 Topsfield Fair, it is hard to believe there is only two weeks until the first Exhibitor’s Handbook deadline. The first competition deadline is the Amateur Winemaking and...

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Topsfield Fair – before we settled.

Posted July 24, 2013

     This week’s Win It All Wednesday’s question is: What is the street address of the Topsfield Fairgrounds?      The Topsfield Fair seems like a staple for Topsfield, MA, but the Fair has not always called this town its home. The Essex Agricultural Society started the Fair in 1818 as a cattle show to “promote and improve the...

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The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show

Posted July 23, 2013

The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show is a historical, educational, humorous show, filled with audience participation. The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show has been performing and competed at Logging Shows and Sport Shows for over 28 years. The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show will take place on Saturday, October 12th, Sunday, October 13th, and Monday, October 14th in the Grandstand. There will be...

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Discount Tickets – Debunked!

Posted July 21, 2013

This week the Topsfield Fair’s 100DOP question is: Are you buying discount tickets this year? If not, why?      We always get a wide variety of answers to the “Why not?” half of this question. We took the three most common comments about why people don’t buy Discounted Tickets and given explanations, solutions, etc! If your reason isn’t covered,...

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Jessica Prouty Band

Posted July 20, 2013

When you take four unique, but inspired musicians and unite them, you can’t expect much better results than that of the Jessica Prouty Band. The band is composed of four extremely talented members, who pride themselves on having original music that doesn’t conform to any specific genre or stereotype. For example, Jessica Prouty, the lead vocalist and bassist, enjoys Southern...

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Freebie Friday – Take your picture with a Giant Pumpkin

Posted July 19, 2013

The 2013 All New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off will begin in the Arena at 4 pm in the arena. Pumpkins will start being unloaded at 1 pm. The 2012 Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off held at the  Fair was, without a doubt, the most exciting Weigh-Off to date. The world’s first one ton pumpkin, grown by New Englander, Ron Wallace from Greene, RI,...

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Posted July 17, 2013

To enter into this week’s Win It All Wednesday contest and enter for the chance to win a Topsfield Fair Swag Bag, visit and answer this question: What are this year’s Fair dates?   The 2013 Topsfield Fair will start on Friday, October 4th and end Monday, October 14th.  On Opening Day, Friday, October 4th, the gates will open at...

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Best of Friends at Topsfield Fair

Posted July 16, 2013

Attention Boys Like Girls fans: Two of the band’s members will be performing a FREE show at the 2013 Topsfield Fair with their band Best of Friends. Best of Friends is a folk/Americana band with John Keefe and Morgan Dorr of Boys Like Girls, along with some of their closest family and friends. Their debut album is out and available...

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2013 Job Fair

Posted July 14, 2013

The Topsfield Fairgrounds is announcing that they will be holding a job fair for the 2013 season. If you are looking for a temporary job this fall, and you enjoy people and a fun atmosphere, Topsfield Fair is looking for you. The Fair is looking to fill temporary positions for the 2013 Fair, which runs from October 4th – October 14th, 2013....

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For the Year at the Topsfield Fair

Posted July 13, 2013

On Friday, October 11, 2013, For The Year will be playing on the Trianon Stage at the Topsfield Fair. They will be playing three free shows, which are included in your general admission tickets, at 4:00, 5:00, and 6:00pm. For The Year is a local band from Middleton, Massachusetts and they were described as “one of the rising stars of...

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2013 Topsfield Fair Theme – Make Time for a Great Time

Posted July 11, 2013

After announcing the Topsfield Fair’s first ever theme contest, over 200 submissions flooded into the Fair’s fanpage. The staff judged all of the entries, and announced the Top 5 theme entries on Monday, April 15th. The finalists consisted of “Barn in the USA”, “Fun for the Whole Herd”, “It’s a Family A-Fair”, “Make Time for a Great Time”, and “Old...

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Monster Trucks – at the 2013 Topsfield Fair!

Posted July 9, 2013

Calling all Monster Truck lovers! You’re in luck- this year the 2013 Topsfield Fair will have two Monster Truck shows on Saturday, October 5th! Located in the Arena, the shows will start at 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Tickets cost $15 each and are limited so make sure to order yours ASAP as they will sell out. Please note, this...

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Calling All Winemakers!

Posted July 7, 2013

The Topsfield Fair is excited to be hosting our annual Winemaking Competition at the 2013 Fair. Homemade Wine entries are being accepted now until Wednesday, August 7, 2013. Entries, along with registration forms, should be dropped off at the Topsfield Fair’s Administration Building (207 Boston St, Topsfield, MA). Entries will be awarded points based on the following categories: Appearance, Aroma...

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Aloud at the Topsfield Fair

Posted July 6, 2013

On Saturday, October 12th, 2013, the Topsfield Fair will welcome Aloud to our Picnic Area Stage.  They will play three free shows, included with your general admission to the Fair – at 7:00PM, 8:00PM, 9:00PM. This Boston-based rock band has been together for over a decade! On lead vocals, guitar, and keys are husband-and-wife duo Henry Beguiristain and Jen de...

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Agricultural Adventure

Posted July 5, 2013

This week’s 100 Days of PreFair, Freebie Friday is: Earn a ribbon by completing the Agricultural Adventure program! The Topsfield Fair’s “Agricultural Adventure” program was created by our Education & Outreach Coordinator in the days leading up to our 2011 Fair. Our goal with the program was to create a fun, but educational, guide to the Agricultural Buildings. Follow the...

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Topsfield Fair Sponsors

Posted July 3, 2013

This week’s Win It All Wednesday contest prompt is: Name one of our sponsors (hint:see below!). Click here to enter! One winner will be randomly selected to win a special Topsfield Fair Drink Tumbler. The Topsfield Fair would like to say thank you to everyone who is sponsoring us for the 2013 season! We are excited to be welcoming to...

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Entertainment Announcement – THE FOOLS

Posted July 2, 2013

Think back to the 80’s. Then think back to “It’s A Night For Beautiful Girls” and “Psycho Chicken”. That’s right – at the 2013 Topsfield Fair we will be welcoming to our Grandstand Stage: The Fools!  The Fools have sold over 2 million records and have performed live in front of over 3 million people! Besides for being a great...

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Rent the Fairgrounds

Posted June 30, 2013

Did you know that you can rent out different parts of the Fairgrounds for special events? Over the years, we have hosted a variety of events on the Fairgrounds, including weddings, birthday parties, horse shows, dog shows, craft festivals, art galleries, and more! It hosts our annual Fair, and our annual 5K Walk/Run Race, as well as many other fundraisers....

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Karina at the 2013 Topsfield Fair

Posted June 29, 2013

Topsfield Fair is excited to welcome Karina to our Picnic Area stage on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013. Karina will play a one hour set starting at 5:30PM. To many people’s surprise, the voice you’ll hear isn’t coming from a seasoned industry professional – it’s coming from this 14 years old girl from Lowell, MA. Karina sums up her musical talent...

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