The Grand Parade, first Saturday of the Topsfield Fair, will be stepping off from the Topsfield Town Common promptly at 9:00 AM. Participants in this colorful event include: Town officials, an Essex County fire truck competition, Town & State Police, Sheriffs, scout troops, local and fair department floats, animals, and of course a large contingent of local and state politicians. Usually the Masconomet Regional High School Band, the Danvers High School Band, the Proctor School Band, and the Shriner Oriental Band take part. The parade makes its way to the Fairgrounds for opening ceremonies at 10:00 AM, setting the stage for 10 days of fun, action and entertainment. However, in 2021 there will be no Grand Parade, but we hope to have it return next year in 2022.
Three weekday parades take place through the fairgrounds at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. These fun parades include distribution of mardi gras beads, T-shirts, and beach balls. The parades have become very popular with our mid-week crowds.
If elected or candidates for political office wish to be present for political causes, please read the following documentation.
The Grange Building, circa 1922, houses the exhibits of Essex County Granges and the Topsfield Fair Farm Museum. The building itself is a well preserved example of post & beam construction.
The Grange, a fraternal organization founded in 1867, has been a participant in the Topsfield Fair since the turn of the twentieth century. An annual independently judged competition is held among participating Granges whose displays must adhere to published guidelines. Statewide Junior Grange contest displays are also exhibited.
The Farm Museum displays artifacts, photos and a brief history from area farms. Most nights the committee provides entertainment on its small indoor stage. A permanent, functioning Model Train Exhibit brings delight to fairgoers of all ages. This is also home to the Farm Photography Contest and the Fire Prevention Division.
The Grange Museum also serves as the home of the 4-H Department, as well as their numerous competitions, displays, and exhibits, including the Farm Photography Contest.
The Topsfield Fair Christmas Tree exhibit is on display in the New Meadows Demonstration Area. This competition is sanctioned by the Essex County Tree Farmers and the Massachusetts Christmas Tree Association for the promotion of high quality, locally grown, natural Christmas Trees.
Stop over and just out the amazing display and you can purchase a sampling of your own to grow at home!
The New Meadows Demonstration Area is a unique opportunity to learn about different trades while visiting the Topsfield Fair. Stop over and interact with a variety of demonstrators, such as blacksmiths, potters, wood turners and more!
Visit the apple cider mill at Barnyard Donuts, Leavitt Family Maple Sugar Shack, Furniture Institute of New England, Prospect Hill Forge Blacksmith Shop, Association of Revolutionary Turners, the Barn Workshop School and the Topsfield Fair Education Shed.
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