It’s Now or Never!
July 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... Read More
Topsfield Fair – before we settled.
July 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... Read More
The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show
August 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, 2013 in the... Read More
Discount Tickets – Debunked!
August 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... Read More
Freebie Friday – Take your picture with a Giant Pumpkin
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,... Read More
2013 Job Fair
August 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... Read More
2013 Topsfield Fair Theme – Make Time for a Great Time
August 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”,... Read More
Monster Trucks – at the 2013 Topsfield Fair!
August 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... Read More
Calling All Winemakers!
August 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:... Read More
August 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.... Read More
Entertainment Announcement – THE FOOLS
August 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... Read More
Rent the Fairgrounds
August 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... Read More
Hold a chick, pet a calf, and have fun with many of our other farm animals!
August 2013- This week’s Freebie Friday is: “Hold a chick, pet a calf, and have fun with many of our other farm animals!” Topsfield Fair patrons come from all over the state, region, country, and even the world. Many of you come from inner-city areas and have never seen an actual farm. Even more of you have never interacted with... Read More
Volunteering at the Fair
August 2013- Today’s #100DOP question is: “Have you ever volunteered at the Fair before? Do you want to in the future?” Each year, we have hundreds of volunteers who come out and help in a variety of different manners. Many patrons don’t realize that when you walk into one of our Agricultural buildings, it is more than likely you are... Read More
100 Days of PreFair!
August 2013- Can you believe it? Today, June 26th, is the 100 day mark until the 2013 Topsfield Fair! In honor of this amazing milestone, we’re introducing the 100 Days of PreFair (100DOP). Topsfield Fair will be talking to our fans every day for the next 100 days – until the Fair arrives! We have a great line-up of posts... Read More
“Mounties” March at the Fair This Year
August 2012- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police or “Mounties” have performed their spectacular musical ride at the Fair in our previous years. This year, THEY ARE BACK! With a full troupe of 32 scarlet coated riders and their horses, the Mounties are ready to prove once again just how skilled they are as performers when they maneuver into various intricate... Read More
Burnham is Back!!
August 2012- Just last week Burnham announces their scheduled performance at the fair this year on their Twitter page, for all to see. But it is safe to say that after their performance at the fair last year Burnham has created a rather large, devoted fan base here at the Topsfield Fair who have already marked their calendars for another... Read More
The Topsfield Fair Is Proud To Be An American
Founded in 1798, the United States Marine Corps Band is the oldest continuously active professional musical organization in America. The group has over 500 performances a year and this year two of those performances are right here at the Topsfield Fair! You can come and see the U.S Marine Corps Band play for free twice a day for two days!... Read More
Frankie Avalon’s Coming to the Fair!
August 2012- With three generations of talent within the industries of music, TV, and movies, we are proud to announce Frankie Avalon’s performance at the Fair this year. For those more mature audience members, you may recall Frankie’s fame as a teenage idol when his tunes were played at the finest establishments. After playing in the band Rocco and the... Read More
To Chew Or Not To Chew?
August 2012- Would you ever think that deep fried bubblegum would come to mind while looking for something to eat at the Fair? Seems shocking, but this new treat will be making its debut at the Fair this year! After doing some research, we found that deep fried bubble gum was a big hit at the State Fair of Texas... Read More
John Michael Montgomery
August 2012- Hey y’all guess who’s coming to the fair this year? Country Super Star John Michael Montgomery! Guess who can see him for free? YOU CAN! On Friday, October 5, 2012 you can come to the Fair and see John Michael Montgomery perform live for FREE! Mr. Montgomery is a country singer phenomenon and has found unbelievable success in the... Read More
August 2012- Ever wondered how you could have the most fun with your canine friend? The Dock Dogs know just how, and will provide astounding entertainment for all ages this year at the Fair. Known for their incredible leaps and athletic abilities, these dogs will sure be welcomed for their appearances at the 2012 Topsfield Fair! In the Super Elite... Read More
Performance Spotlight: The Flying Wallendas
August 2012- This year at the fair, the Flying Wallendas will be providing spectacular performances that will certainly prove to be jaw-dropping! For those who are not familiar with the Flying Wallendas, let’s recall a man’s recent journey across the death defying Niagara Falls by tightrope! He was a part of the Wallenda Family! Yes, this group, or should we... Read More
Ready? Set?! GO!!
August 2012- This year, we will be hosting our first annual 5K Road Race! Yes, that’s right; you may now RACE to the fair! We are looking forward to a great turn out, as all proceeds will go towards the Essex Agricultural Society’s College Scholarship Fund. The race will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2012 on our fairgrounds. Runners... Read More
Bacon: Not Just A Breakfast Food
August 2012- Bacon is leaving the breakfast table behind and is coming to the Topsfield Fair this year covered in chocolate. Yes that’s right, that last sentence just said chocolate, you read it correctly. We’re proud to announce that the Topsfield Fair will be serving a new food this year called Pigs in Mud, otherwise known as chocolate covered bacon.... Read More
Want to work at the fair? We will be hosting a JOB FAIR!
August 2012- Looking for a temporary job? Want to be a part of America’s oldest agricultural fair for it’s 2012 season? Stop by our JOB FAIR tomorrow, July 19th from 5-8 PM or Saturday, July 21st from 9 AM – Noon at Coolidge Hall on our fairgrounds. All positions are temporary and require individuals to be available during this year’s fair... Read More
Artist Spotlight – North Sea Gas
August 2011- North Sea Gas is found far from home here at the Topsfield Fair. This two man band originates from Scotland and provides attention catching, authentic folk music. They’re known for using non-traditional instruments for the United States, such as Bodhrans and Bouzoukis. They also incorporate mandolins, guitars, whistles, fiddles, and banjos. Further increasing the unique quality of their... Read More
August 2011- Here at the Topsfield Fair we are always looking for new products to showcase and this year we have quite an interesting product that us here in the office are very excited to try. It is called Slushy Magic! The basic idea is that the user can turn any beverage into a slushy drink. We are not exactly... Read More
NEW RIDE! The Vertigo!
August 2011- This here blogger is quite afraid when it comes to rides. I mean, I had to have the ride conductor stop the Tilt-a-Whirl at the fair two years ago because I was feeling sick. And take a look at this picture from Six Flags a few weeks ago to the left. Needless to say, I am not good... Read More
ABC’s of the Fair
August 2011- ABC’s of the Fair! A-ll about agriculture B-ee Building has 4 observation hives with a total of 16,000 honey bees C-ow Barn hosts 60 cows and calves D-uring the fair, there can be at least 30 volunteers and demonstrators at any one time in Coolidge Hall alone E-xibitors can be any age F-udge served in over 25... Read More
Artist Spotlight – Sean Kingston
August 2011- Nowadays, many artists take to social media to try to make it big. Sean Kingston did just that and succeeded. He was discovered from Mypspace and was quickly signed to Beluga Heights Records. His first single “Beautiful Girls” hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 list. The song also went on to be number one in... Read More
August 2011- It is not a shocker that one of the hottest new fair foods is deep fried. What IS shocking is that the “food” is actually a popular beverage. Have I confused you yet? One man at the San Diego County created a popular treat with the flavor of Kool-Aid. The recipe is quite a secret but is basically... Read More
Artist Spotlight – Randy Houser
August 2011- Randy Houser was born with musical talent in his blood. His father played at small venues around Lake, Mississippi, Randy’s hometown, and greatly influenced his son. From a young age, Randy knew he wanted to be a musician, and at only 13 years old, he started his first band. He continued performing through college until 2002 when he... Read More
Artist Spotlight – Phil Vassar
August 2011- Phil Vassar debuted on the country scene as a songwriter in the late 1990’s. He wrote for artists that include Jo Dee Messina, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, and Neal McCoy. Handful of the songs became number ones and earned him the title of American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publisher’s (ASCAP) Songwriter of the Year in 1999. ... Read More
Easy as Pie! Enter the Pillsbury Pie Baking Championship at the Topsfield Fair!
August 2011- Got a great pie? Pillsbury® invites pie lovers to take part in the Topsfield Fair pie baking contest. Your passion for pie could lead to a $5,000 national grand prize from the makers of Pillsbury Pie Crusts. Topsfield Fair this year operates Friday September, 30th through Monday October, 10th 2011. To enter the 2011 Pillsbury Pie Baking Championship,... Read More
Are you the next chocolate champion?
August 2011- If you cheer for chocolate, check out the 2011 Ghirardelli Chocolate Championship at the Topsfield Fair! Topsfield Fair this year operates Friday September, 30th through Monday October, 10th 2011. The competition calls for tempting treats, cakes and desserts featuring decadent Ghirardelli chocolate. From individual sweet snacks, to rich desserts that can serve a party, anything that delivers the... Read More
Compete in Topsfield Fair’s Fleischmann’s Yeast Bread Baking Contest
August 2011- Don’t miss the 2011 Fleischmann’s Yeast “Bake for the Cure” at the fair, a nationwide recipe contest that celebrates bread baking and raises breast cancer awareness. There’s $400 in cash prizes at Topsfield Fair, plus $3000 in national grand prizes. Topsfield Fair this year operates Friday September, 30th through Monday October, 10th 2011. For each entry nationwide, ACH... Read More
Aritst Spotlight – Burnham
August 2011- Alex, Andre and Forrest Burnham have been performing together for seven years, which is pretty remarkable because the three brothers from Vermont are, respectively, just 18, 16 and 14. Early on Burnham took over their family living room and converted it into a jam space where they honed their skills playing for four to five hours a day.... Read More
Artist Spotlight – Mike Posner
August 2011- At 22 years old, Mike Posner has quickly become a singing sensation. His career began in 2009 when he released a mixtape that he had recorded in his college dorm room on iTunesU. Shortly after it’s release, “A Matter of Time” hit Number 1 on iTunesU. As Posner’s album became more and more loved, major-labels began a bidding... Read More
Hundreds of Contests to Enter at 2011 Topsfield Fair
The following press release is courtesy of Thompson Communications: The 2011 Topsfield Fair, running September 30th – October 10th will offer hundred of contests for both amateur and professional entrants. Contests, some which include prize money while others are just for bragging rights, include: Art (Amateur & Professional) – Painting, Graphics, Photography, etc. Entry Deadline: 9/2 Beekeeping – Honey Products, Beeswax Candles, Arts &... Read More
Topsfield Fair Featured on Fox 25!
August 2011- Last Friday, I got the chance to attend a Fox 25 Zip Trip. For those of you not familiar, the local Fox News broadcasts from a different town/city each Friday and last Friday was Topsfield, MA’s turn! The staff here in the Topsfield Fair office all took a field trip to Topsfield Commons to be a part of... Read More
Woody Lancaster’s Giant Pumpkin
August 2011- Nestled away in a residential neighborhood in Topsfield, MA is the garden that Woody Lancaster grows his giant pumpkins in. I recently visited Woody to check in on how his pumpkins were doing. Its only August and these local pumpkin jewels are already about 700-800 lbs. Woody explained to me that these pumpkins, Dill’s Atlantic Pumpkins, are mostly... Read More
Artist Spotlight – Ayla Brown
August 2011- Massachusetts born and raised Ayla Brown is no ordinary girl. Her father is Massachusetts junior senator, Scott Brown and her mother is former WCVB-5 reporter Gail Huff. She is one of the top female high school basketball players in the state scoring 2,358 career points making her the 6th all time leading scorer in MA between men and... Read More
Topsfield Fair featured on FOX25 Zip Trip
August 2011- Topsfield Fair featured on FOX25 Zip Trips this past weekend, http://t.co/QGMmMSm @fox25mornings @topsfieldfair To watch http://t.co/QGMmMSm Read More
Artist Spotlight – Joey + Rory
August 2011- Husband and wife Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek together make up the duo that is simply, Joey + Rory. Staring as a songwriter, Rory has written songs for country artists like Blake Shelton, Clay Walker, and Easton Corbin. Joey+Rory together got their start on CMT’s Can You Duet where they were third place finalists. After being... Read More
The Ticket Booth is open!!!
August 21, 2011- Ladies and Gentlemen, the Ticket Booth is OPEN! As of 9:00AM this morning our Main Gate Ticket Booth is open and ready for business! Come by Monday through Friday 9:00AM to 4:00PM and purchase your discounted presale tickets! You can get EVERYTHING here, from admission and ride tickets to food vouchers and concert tickets, and better yet... Read More
Artist Spotlight – AllStar Weekend
After becoming a fan favorite on Disney’s Next Big Thing (NBT) (under the band name ALLSTAR), Zachary Porter, Nathan Darmody, Cameron Quiseng, and Michael Martinez signed with Hollywood Records to record their debut album, Suddenly Yours. The group quickly released many singles which became hits on RadioDisney. AllStar Weekend got the opportunity to tour with last year’s Topsfield Fair performer,... Read More
Buy Your Pre-Fair Tickets!
August 8, 2011- Did you know you can buy tickets before the fair and save $$$? Buy discount admission tickets and ride tickets NOW! $8.50 for admission ($10-$12 at the fair) and $20 for 11 rides! Also before they sell out, buy Mike Posner tickets and AllStar Weekend with Burnham tickets! Like the fair A LOT?! Buy a Three-Day Pass... Read More
Announcing ALLSTAR WEEKEND
The Topsfield Fair is proud to announce AllStar Weekend as our special guest with Burnham! Catch the concert at the Fair for $15 (plus fair admission) on October 8th, 2011 at 11AM. They will be performing in the Topsfield Fair Arena with General Seating, so be sure to get here early to get the best seats! Make sure you also... Read More
Welcome to @The Fair!
Welcome to the brand new Topsfield Fair blog, @The Fair! We have revamped our blog and are planning exciting things this season! Stay tuned and make sure to subscribe to our blog to stay connected to America’s Oldest Fair! Read More