• Topsfield Fair September 30, 2022 9:56 pm

    2,480-Pound Pumpkin Wins Topsfield Fair Contest, Sets New Record

    The 2022 Topsfield Fair kicked off Friday, and with it, the annual All New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off. This year’s winner was Jamie Graham, of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, for his record-breaking pumpkin that topped the scales at 2,480 pounds. The previous record of 2,294.5 pounds was set by Alex Noel, of Abington, Connecticut. Noel came in second place in this year’s…

  • Topsfield Fair September 30, 2022 10:24 pm

    Topsfield Fair Kicks Off, Bringing Food, Music and Giant Pumpkins

    The 204th Topsfield Fair kicked off Friday, a storied event promising everything from parades, music, games, food, all the way to giant pumpkins. The fair began Friday and ends Oct. 10. The fair’s website features daily programs for each day it’s running. Visitors can expect appearances from country music star Trace Adkins, the Essex County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 Unit...

  • Entertainment October 7, 2021 4:52 pm

    Topsfield Fair: Derek Z Meets a Baby Piglet

    Derek Zagami stopped by the Topsfield Fair, the longest running fair in America. Over 500,000 people visit each year to explore the grounds, the events, the fabulous food, and, of course, the animals. Derek made friends with the most adorable baby piglet. Take a look.

  • Topsfield Fair October 2, 2021 11:44 am

    2,092-Pound Pumpkin Wins Topsfield Fair Contest

    The 2021 Topsfield Fair kicked off Friday night, and with it, the All New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off. This year’s winner was Alex Noel of Abington, Connecticut, for his pumpkin weighing 2,092 pounds. The All New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off began at the Topsfield Fair in 1984, as an offshoot of the fair’s Family Garden Largest Cucurbit Contest. That year,…

  • Topsfield Fair October 1, 2021 7:39 pm

    Mass. Residents Excited as Topsfield Fair Returns After COVID Forced Year Off

    Known as America’s oldest county fair, the Topsfield Fair is back after a year off because of the coronavirus pandemic. General Manager Jim O’Brien says ticket sales are significantly better than 2019, despite higher prices. The fair runs through Oct. 11.

  • Topsfield Fair September 22, 2021 2:23 pm

    Topsfield Fair to Require Masks Indoors

    Another major Massachusetts agricultural fair will require guests to wear face coverings indoors. Organizers of the more than 200-year-old Topsfield Fair said Wednesday that the mandate is in line with a Topsfield Board of Health directive issued Monday. “Our goal is to always provide a safe and enjoyable atmosphere at the Topsfield Fair,” General Manager James O’Brien said in...

  • Topsfield Fair July 7, 2021 10:14 am

    Topsfield Fair Announces Return This Fall

    Following a rare absence in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, America’s oldest fair is making a return this fall. The Topsfield Fair, which was first held in 1818, will be back after a one-year hiatus from Oct. 1-11 in Topsfield. Last year was just the fifth time the fair wasn’t held in its history. The 1918 edition of the…

  • Topsfield Fair July 29, 2020 2:36 pm

    2020 Topsfield Fair Canceled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

    The 2020 Topsfield Fair has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers announced Wednesday. “For the past few months we have continued to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and based on the recommendations of local, state, and federal health agencies, the board of directors of the Essex Agricultural Society has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Topsfield Fair,”…

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