The Arena

Antique Farm Tractor Pull

Topsfield Fair’s Stock Farm Tractor Pull was established back in 1990. The original intent of this contest for antique tractors was to have an event where people who had a tractor in their back yard could come to the Fair, join the pull and have some fun. The Stock Farm Tractor Pull is for exactly that – stock farm tractors from your backyard with no modifications – tractors should be original to that provided by the manufacturer and of a model year of 1970 or older.

Tractors come from all over Essex County, numbering over 100 plus participants in 2008 up from the 60 that were in the first contest all those years ago.

The pull is held on the second Friday in the Livestock Arena. There are ten weight classes, all for tractors weighing less than 13,000 pounds and developing less than 115 PTO horsepower.

Pre-registration is not required. Tractors are formally entered in the pull by weighing in prior to the event. Scales are open prior to the show Friday evening.

Demolition Derby

The Demolition Derby is famous for bringing the fans to the arena and is always a crowd pleaser. You can smash, crash and bash just about anything! Big cars, little cars, buses, mini vans, and more! This event is also standing room only!

Draft Horse Show

There are several reasons why the Topsfield Fair draft horse show is one of the fair’s most popular events. This show combines agriculture with action and demands team work; not simply between driver and horses but it also requires that each horse be part of the complete unit. Classes range from single carts to the exciting six horse hitches, with several competing in the arena at the same time. Exhibitors invest many hours and dollars to insure that their animals, wagons, harnesses and equipment are turned out in superb fashion for the draft horse show.

Classes for the four major draft horse breed are featured in the show, including Belgians, Percherons, Clydesdales and Shires.

Several junior driving classes give youngsters a chance to get the feel of what it means to compete with some of the best draft horse stables in the Northeast, as they learn to put their horses through their paces.

Classes for lady drivers only are also included in the show, ranging from single carts and pairs to a special four horse hitch class, shown by individual breed.

During the last day of the fair, winners of the 6 horse hitches in each individual breed are brought back into the arena to compete for the manager’s trophy which is awarded to the best overall hitch in the entire show. Hitches competing in this class are also awarded points toward an international championship series held later in the year.

Figure "8" Race

“Championship Double Figure 8 Racing” is a form of Action Racing developed by JM Productions a few years ago using compact cars to enhance the excitement for drivers and spectators.

This form of Figure “8”, unlike other forms, is in front of a grandstand, utilizing smaller lightweight cars taking on all the excitement of a full sized Figure 8. Speeds average between 5 and 15 miles an hour and only 5 to 10 cars are allowed on the track at one time. Drivers need to out-think and out-maneuver their competitors in order to win. Because of the challenge this event presents, its popularity is growing and is always standing room only!

Applications are available in the Administration Office Monday – Friday 9 am to 4 pm or visit their website.

Horse Pulling

Aside from cattle shows, horse and oxen pulling is perhaps the most traditional agricultural competition still being held at New England fairs. These pulls are very popular with fair patrons, not only because they are exciting, but because they are such a demonstration of skill, power and teamwork. The pulls are held in our Arena and teams come to Topsfield from several states to compete for some of the best prize money in the area.

Oxen Pulling

Aside from cattle shows, horse and oxen pulling is perhaps the most traditional agricultural competition still being held at New England fairs. These pulls are very popular with fair patrons, not only because they are exciting, but because they are such a demonstration of skill, power and teamwork. The pulls are held in our Arena and teams come to Topsfield from several states to compete for some of the best prize money in the area.

Monster Truck Freestyle & Demo Derby

When the calendar flips to September, it’ll mark a thrilling time for enthusiasts of bone-crushing motorsports action in the Topsfield area when JM Productions invades the Topsfield Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 29th at both 4pm and 7pm with Monster Truck freestyle shows featuring four of the more highly decorated trucks in the industry.

For rabid monster truck fans, there’s a “Party in the Pit” before each show where you can meet the drivers, get their autographs and take close-up pictures of the trucks.

If monster trucks weren’t enough, both September 29th shows will feature a Demolition Derby event.

Derby drivers both near and far are always welcome to participate and be part of the action. For information on how you can be a part of the Demolition Derby, call JM Productions at (716) 980-6533 or visit their website, www.jmderby.com

Insider Tips:

  • All attendees need a ticket, regardless of age.
  • The trucks are very loud consider bringing ear protection and/or not bringing young children/infants
  • Although bleacher seating is available, once it is full, the show will be standing room only. We cannot guarantee seating.

Rodeo

New England Rodeo was a combination of two men’s dreams: a retired professional bull rider, Elias, and a rodeo loving farmer, Manny. In 2009, during a meeting at Manny’s Dairy Farm, this dream finally came true.

With humble beginnings in Lancaster, MA, New England Rodeo has grown to have its own arena and livestock, with its own training center for cowboys and cowgirls who are serious about the sport.

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