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Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, Mass: Fun Times at the Oldest Agricultural Fair in the USA

Topsfield Fair, Topsfield, MA
Topsfield Fair.

by Eric Hurwitz. Article updated on 8/14/2019

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The Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, Mass., has come a long way since its inception in 1818.

The original vision of promoting and improving the agricultural interests of farmers and other rural elements in Essex County strongly remains, but sweetened by the many comfort food vendors and ridden to a more entertaining level by an extensive midway. Modern entertainment also plays a huge role with musicians and other celebrities annually performing at the Topsfield Fair stage.

Yummy comfort foods at the Topsfield Fair in Tospfield, MA.
Food vendors at the Topsfield Fair offer some yummy comfort foods.

The 2019 Topsfield Fair runs from Oct. 4-14.  The scheduled feature musical act is Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Other fun events include hot dog eating contests, the New England rodeo,
Dock Dogs canine exhibition show, monster trucks, swimming pigs and a pumpkin weigh-off. Those modern day elements of an agricultural fair are not meant to serve as the primary fun factor, however. The livestock shows and "field days" to showcase machinery, equipment and skills needed for expert farming have a steadfast, prominent role in the Topsfield Fair's success.

While traversing the 30-plus acres that includes 13 agricultural buildings and all those midway rides, you'll see fairgoers taking equal interest in those more traditional events. Those special events and displays traditionally include arts and crafts, blacksmith and dairy milking demonstrations, beekeeping, flower displays, mini train and 4H exhibits, a petting farm, sand sculptures, and wood turning and carving.

Walking the significant expanse of the Topsfield Fair surely proves that being the oldest agricultural fair in the country doesn't mean that it's boring. Thank goodness that what once started as a cattle show has been steered in the right direction by combining fun education experiences with entertainment. We rank it right up there with foliage and apple picking as a top New England fall attraction!

A lively scene at the Topsfield Fair.

The Topsfield Fair is located at The Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St. (Route 1), Topsfield, MA. Tel. 978-887-5000. Log onto the Topsfield Fair Web Site for information on the 2019 season.

Be sure to read feature stories on two vendors that have become very famous at the Topsfield Fair: Winfrey's Fudge and Chocolates and The Topsfield Bakeshop/The Whoo(pie) Wagon.

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