Topsfield Fair – before we settled.
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 agricultural interests of farmers and others in Essex County.” It began as a traveling fair, moving from year to year to towns such as Ipswich, Haverhill, Danvers, Peabody, Hamilton, and others, until settling in Topsfield in 1910 on the former Treadwell Farm property at 207 Boston St.
Today, the Fair is still owned by the Essex Agricultural Society and has kept its mission to educate the general community on the importance and excitement of Essex County agriculture through the Topsfield Fair. The Fair has kept its roots and still has a cattle show, but has expanded to also having flower, rabbit and cavies, horse, tractor, 4-H, wine, chicken, fruits and vegetable, and countless other shows/competitions throughout the 11 days.
From South: Take Route 95 North to Exit 50. (Rte 1), Follow Route 1 north to the Fairgrounds on right.
From North: Take Route 95 South to Exit 53. (Rte 97), Follow Route 97 south to Route 1., Follow Route 1 south to Fairgrounds on left.