Dementia Friendly (DF) Fair Tips

  • Avoid the lines! Pre-purchase Fair tickets at participating locations, online, or the Fair’s Main Gate Ticket Booth.
  • Enter through Lot A, River Gate.
  • Smaller crowds traditionally on 1st Monday.
  • Rainy days are great low-crowd days.
  • Buildings open at 10am, but gates open at 9am. Come early!
  • DF menus available at the Whoo(pie) Wagon, B’nai Brith and Topsfi eld Congregational Church Booth, and marked with the DF fl ower logo.
  • Keep contact info in your pockets. If separated, go to Public Safety building.
  • For more information, ask a DF greeter with a blue t-shirt and a DF fl ower button.

We would like feedback on our initiative, here is a quick survey: Dementia Friendly Survey

Sensory Day 2019

When: Monday, October 7, 2019 – 10:00am to 2:00pm

What: 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 Kiddie Land: Will have no flashing lights, music, or announcements

Sound: On stages and entertainment (Racing Pigs, Racing Ducks, Farmyard, All Hands Drumming) will be lowered

Announcements on Grounds: Limited and volume turned down

Why: To make the Topsfield Fair a more inclusive environment, so all families have better access to the agricultural resources we provide to the community. Families who have family members with autism, sensory processing disorders, or other factors that make attending large scale events, such as the Fair, difficult; often causes these families to be excluded from accessing these types of events. Loud music, flashing lights, and large crowds can be extremely overwhelming and unmanageable to children and adults who have sensory difficulties, we hope this will make it possible for them to visit the Fair.

Opportunity for Fair Goers: Kids Safe Zone! This is a space for families to access if their child needs a quiet space to relax or re-group. Sensory materials are available for them. It is located next to the Picnic Area and Beekeeping Building.

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