Accessibility at the Fair
We, at Topsfield Fair, pride ourselves in making the Fairgrounds and its venues accessible to all of our guests. Most of the Fairgrounds is paved to accommodate our guests in wheelchairs and on scooters. We have manual wheelchairs available to rent for $20 on a first come first served basis at the gate next to Parking Lot A/River Gate. Guests in wheelchairs receive complimentary admission; an escort pays for general admission.
Accessible Parking (Handicapped Parking)
Every Fairgrounds parking lot has accessible parking. The largest number of spaces is in Lot A/River Gate, the entrance to which is on Route 1. All accessible parking is located near an entrance gate. On busy days, spaces in our lots are occupied early.
We, at Topsfield Fair, pride ourselves in making the Fairgrounds a comfortable place for all of our guests. Most of the Fairgrounds is paved to accommodate our guests in wheelchairs and on scooters. Conveniently located near the Picnic Area, a private Nursing Mother’s Lounge and an Adult Changing Room are nestled among the pines, in the same area as our haven for the Kids' Safe Zone, which is staffed whenever the Fair is open. Hand wash/hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the Fairgrounds.
ATM’s are located outside the Main Gate and throughout the Fairgrounds. See map for locations.
Canines Performing at the Fair (Dog Performers, K-9s)
The State Police K-9 Unit and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit hold canine demonstrations throughout the week. Check the Daily Program to see when these popular shows are held.
We encourage questions, comments, and suggestions so that we can provide the best experience possible for our guests. We will try to respond to every correspondence. We can only get better when we hear about what we are doing well and how we can improve. Call us at (978) 887-5000 or email us at email@example.com.
Daily Program (Schedule)
Once finalized, our daily program is available on our website www.topsfieldfair.org.
Demolition Derby/Figure 8 Racing (Auto Racing)
On the final day, Columbus Day, two of the Fair’s most popular events are held in the Arena and are free with admission. The Figure 8 Racing is held at 3:30 PM and the Demolition Derby is held at 7:00 PM.
Directions to the Topsfield Fairgrounds
The physical address of the Topsfield Fairgrounds is 207 Boston Street in Topsfield, MA. A GPS device might consider the Topsfield Fairgrounds a “Point of Interest.”
Discounted Admission Tickets (Deals, Discounts, Coupons)
Our $12 pre-Fair admission tickets may only be purchased BEFORE the opening of the fair. The tickets may be used any day that you chose to attend. All Grandstand shows with free with general admission! Pre-Fair tickets can be purchased online, at our Main Gate Ticket Booth beginning in late August, and at many local retailers. The ticket booth will be open until the day before the Fair opens.
Discounted Ride Tickets (Deals, Discounts, Coupons)
Discounted ride tickets of 10 (one ride per ticket) can be purchased online, at our Main Gate Ticket Booth beginning in late August, and at a limited number of local retailers. The ticket booth will be open until the day before the Fair opens. In the Midway, each ride will have a sign with the number of tickets required but those figures apply only to tickets that are purchased at the ticket booths in the Midway that day. It is important to keep the ride tickets attached to the strip; unattached tickets will not be accepted by the ride operators.
Dogs at the Fair
We love dogs but the only ones we can allow on the Fairgrounds during fair time are service dogs and those participating in events, e.g., police K-9 demonstrations, Dock Dogs events, etc.
The Topsfield Fair is photographed and filmed. Please be advised that Topsfield Fair may use photographs taken during events for publication in print and online, including social media. To purchase photos that were taken during this year's Fair and other years, please visit: https://topsfieldfair.smugmug.com
The First Aid Station is located inside the Main Gate staffed by emergency medical personnel. If there is an emergency, please notify the nearest Fair personnel (those wearing fair ID) for immediate care. DO NOT CALL 911 – the fair has emergency care on grounds.
Free Concerts (Entertainment, Stage)
All entertainment held at the Grandstand and small stages are free with Fair admission!
Giant Pumpkins (Pumpkins)
The New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off takes place on Opening Day in the Arena from 4-10 PM (competitors begin arriving at 1 PM). All of the top entries will be on display throughout the entire run of the Fair. The prize winner will be in the Fruit & Vegetable Building while the runners-up will remain along the periphery of the Arena. Giant Pumpkin seeds are for sale in the Fruit & Vegetable Building.
Gluten-free Vendors (Allergies)
Many of our vendors provide some gluten-free food options but none is specifically designated as gluten-free.
The Fair offers three Information Booths – inside the Main Gate, inside River Gate (Lot A), and near the Fair Trade Building. Information personnel are on duty during Fair hours at these booths to assist guests with their needs, questions, comments, concerns or problems. You will find information about daily events, a fair map, and more.
Lost and Found
All lost and found items should be brought to the Administration Building which is located near the Main Gate. There is also another Lost and Found in the Midway at the Fiesta Show office.
Tuesday is Military Day at the Fair. All active military personnel will be admitted to the Fair free of charge, along with their immediate family members accompanying them when they present their military identification at the gate.
Monster Truck Free Style/Demolition Derby & Pit Party Show Admission
The Monster Truck Shows are separate ticketed events and GUESTS OF ALL AGES REQUIRE TICKETS. Since the shows are held inside the Arena within the Fairgrounds, A GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET IS ALSO REQUIRED OF ALL GUESTS AGES 8 AND UP. Pit Parties, requiring a separate ticket, are offered to those wanting an up-close and personal experience with the Monster Trucks and their drivers for a small additional fee. There is a limited number of Pit Party tickets for sale for each show. Guests are advised to bring ear protection as the noise level is high for the Monster Truck Shows. There will be no Monster Truck show in 2021, but we hope to have it return next year!
Official Topsfield Fair Merchandise
T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, lapel pins and other collectibles of Topsfield Fair may be purchased at our 2 Souvenir Booths – Main Gate and outside Fair Trade Building.
Parades (Grand Parade)
The Grand Parade will step off on Main Street in Topsfield rain or shine at 9 AM on the first Saturday that the Fair runs. However, in 2021 there will be no Grand Parade, but we hope to bring it back in 2022. Weekday parades are held at 5 PM inside the Fairgrounds on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Parking at the Fairgrounds (Off-site Parking, Satellite Parking, Shuttle Busses)
Several large parking lots surround the Topsfield Fair. On the weekends and holiday, there is additional parking at Fair-View Farm on Route 1 North with shuttle bus service to the Fairgrounds. On busy weekend days, there may be additional parking at our satellite parking lot located at North Shore Community College Danvers Campus. Guests are shuttled directly to the Main Gate on buses using restricted backroads to ensure quick passage. North Shore Community College: Route 95/Exit 50 Google Maps address: 1 Ferncroft Road/Danvers, MA
Parking on Opening Day (Deals, Discounts, Coupons)
Parking is free in all Fair Parking Lots on Opening Day, which is the first Friday.
Performers at the Fair (Entertainment)
If you would like to perform at the Fair, application are available beginning in January on our website: https://www.topsfieldfair.org/about/perform-at-the-fair/. Generally, the Entertainment Committee starts making decisions in late-winter and notifies the contacts from the groups that are selected to perform.
If elected or candidates for political office wish to be present for political causes, please read the following documentation. https://www.topsfieldfair.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Policy-for-Political-Candidates.pdf
Re-entry to the Fair
Guests may re-enter the Fair on a single day. They should have their hand stamped prior to leaving the gate and be prepared to go through the security checkpoint again.
Rest Rooms (Bathrooms, Lavatories)
The Topsfield Fair provides rest rooms throughout the Fairgrounds that are continuously attended. Nestled throughout the Fairgrounds are portable rest rooms. We make providing clean facilities a priority to ensure that our guests’ needs are met.
The Topsfield Fair is committed to a safe, secure, and enjoyable fair. We continue to work cooperatively with the Topsfield Public Safety Departments and the Massachusetts State Police to take appropriate actions relating to the safety and security of all fair attendees and staff. All staff and patrons need to go through security which includes bag checks before entering the Fairgrounds.
Sensory Day is an opportunity for a more sensory sensitive experience to the Topsfield Fair for families who have family members with autism or sensory processing disorders. Vendors will have no flashing lights, music or announcements. Sound for entertainment and stages will be lowered and announcements on the grounds will be limited and turned down as well. This will be held on the first Monday of the Topsfield Fair.
For representatives who wish to solicit signatures on petitions for the purpose of a ballot proposition/referendum to voters, or nomination of a candidate for public office, in a city, county or statewide election, please read the following documentation.
Special Admission can be requested and presented on the organization’s letterhead specifying the date the group would like to visit (Monday-Friday) as well as the number of people in the group. Requests need to be submitted to Kate either by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Topsfield Fair, P. O. Box 134, Topsfield, MA 01983. The Topsfield Fairgrounds is accessible with designated accessible parking areas in each of the Fairgrounds parking lots.
We have a limited number of strollers and wagons for rent at Gate A/River Gate, which are rented on a first-come, first-served basis - so we recommend arriving early. Guests are welcome to bring their own to use on the mostly paved Fairgrounds.
To apply to be a vendor at the Topsfield Fair, apply early (late fall/early winter) on our website: www.topsfieldfair.org and clicking on Concessions and Vendors. Most years, we fill to capacity so applying early is critical.
Wheelchair Rentals (Accessibility, Accommodations)
We have a limited number of manual wheelchairs for rent at Gate A/River Gate, located near the parking lot with the largest number of accessible parking spaces. The cost is $20. The wheelchairs are rented on a first-come, first-served basis so we recommend arriving early.
Topsfield Fair, P. O. Box 134, Topsfield, MA 01983
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