Topsfield Fair – before we settled.

Posted July 24, 2013

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...

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The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show

Posted July 23, 2013

  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...

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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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2013 Job Fair

Posted July 14, 2013

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...

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2013 Topsfield Fair Theme – Make Time for a Great Time

Posted July 11, 2013

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”,...

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Monster Trucks – at the 2013 Topsfield Fair!

Posted July 9, 2013

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...

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Calling All Winemakers!

Posted July 7, 2013

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:...

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Agricultural Adventure

Posted July 5, 2013

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....

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Entertainment Announcement – THE FOOLS

Posted July 2, 2013

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...

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Rent the Fairgrounds

Posted June 30, 2013

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...

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Hold a chick, pet a calf, and have fun with many of our other farm animals!

Posted June 28, 2013

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...

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Volunteering at the Fair

Posted June 27, 2013

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...

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100 Days of PreFair!

Posted June 26, 2013

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...

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“Mounties” March at the Fair This Year

Posted September 26, 2012

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...

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Burnham is Back!!

Posted September 24, 2012

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...

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The Topsfield Fair Is Proud To Be An American

Posted September 18, 2012

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!...

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Frankie Avalon’s Coming to the Fair!

Posted September 17, 2012

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...

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To Chew Or Not To Chew?

Posted September 13, 2012

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...

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John Michael Montgomery

Posted August 24, 2012

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...

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Dock Dogs

Posted August 24, 2012

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...

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Performance Spotlight: The Flying Wallendas

Posted August 17, 2012

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...

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Ready? Set?! GO!!

Posted August 15, 2012

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...

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Bacon: Not Just A Breakfast Food

Posted August 7, 2012

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....

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Want to work at the fair? We will be hosting a JOB FAIR!

Posted July 18, 2012

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...

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Artist Spotlight – North Sea Gas

Posted October 4, 2011

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...

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Slushy Magic

Posted October 3, 2011

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...

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NEW RIDE! The Vertigo!

Posted October 1, 2011

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...

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ABC’s of the Fair

Posted September 28, 2011

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...

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Artist Spotlight – Sean Kingston

Posted September 27, 2011

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...

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Fried Kool-Aid

Posted September 26, 2011

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...

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Artist Spotlight – Randy Houser

Posted September 20, 2011

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...

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Artist Spotlight – Phil Vassar

Posted September 13, 2011

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.  ...

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Easy as Pie! Enter the Pillsbury Pie Baking Championship at the Topsfield Fair!

Posted August 31, 2011

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,...

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Are you the next chocolate champion?

Posted August 31, 2011

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...

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Compete in Topsfield Fair’s Fleischmann’s Yeast Bread Baking Contest

Posted August 31, 2011

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...

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Aritst Spotlight – Burnham

Posted August 30, 2011

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....

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Artist Spotlight – Mike Posner

Posted August 23, 2011

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...

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Hundreds of Contests to Enter at 2011 Topsfield Fair

Posted August 19, 2011

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 &...

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Topsfield Fair Featured on Fox 25!

Posted August 17, 2011

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...

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Woody Lancaster’s Giant Pumpkin

Posted August 16, 2011

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...

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Artist Spotlight – Ayla Brown

Posted August 16, 2011

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...

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Artist Spotlight – Joey + Rory

Posted August 9, 2011

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...

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Artist Spotlight – AllStar Weekend

Posted August 2, 2011

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,...

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Posted August 1, 2011

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...

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Welcome to @The Fair!

Posted July 18, 2011

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!

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