The Topsfield Fair | The North Shore Moms


If you haven’t been to the Topsfield Fair yet this year, you’ve got one more (long) weekend to check it out (weather permitting). The Fair runs daily through Monday, October 14th. Now in its 201st year, it has everything you’ve come to know and love about America’s Oldest County Fair.


We went on Tuesday and saw the animals, the award winning fruits and vegetables, the largest pumpkin of the year (huge!), and many smaller pumpkins decorated in every theme you can imagine! My son got his “I pet a rabbit at the Topsfield Fair,” ribbon and learned how to milk a cow.


We stopped at the Whoopie Wagon for whoopie pies and then again for cider donuts. Though we’ve still yet to try a deep fried Oreo…I guess there’s always next year!


We watched some of the animal races. The Duck Races were the favorite, though we didn’t get selected to compete ourselves. And we finished off our time at the Fair on the rides. Last year my son was too short for most of them, but he made up for it this year by trying every ride in Kiddieland. There’s also a huge ride section for larger kids and adults in Midway.

Scheduled event highlights for the weekend include:

Friday, October 11
Jeannie Mack Kids’ Music at 11 am
Farm Tractor Pull at 4 pm
Tom O’Carroll – 6 pm
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – 7 pm

Saturday, October 12 – 4H Day
Cock Crowing Contest & Hen Flying Contest – 11 am
Magician Debbie O’Carroll – 11 am
Mystic Bubble Show – 11 am
Dock Dogs – Big Air WAVE #1 – 4 pm
Amanda McCarthy – 6:30 pm
Creedence Clearwater Revisited – 7 pm

Sunday, October 13 – Grange Day
Hay Tossing Contest – 11 am
Dock Dogs – Big Air WAVE #2 – 11 am
Dock Dogs – Big Air WAVE #3 – 1 pm
Mrs. Essex County Pageant – 2 pm
Draft Horse Show – Supreme 6-Horse Hitch – 6 pm
James McCarthy – 7 pm
Polo Match, sponsored by Polo on the North Shore – 7:30 pm

Monday, October 14
Hay Tossing Contest – 11 am
Magician Debbie O’Carroll – 11 am
Dock Dogs – Big Air WAVE #5 – 11 am
The Reminisants – 1 pm
Figure “8” Race – 3:30 pm
Dock Dogs Big Air FINALS – 5 pm
Demolition Derby – 7 pm
Dave Sammarco Band – 8 pm

If the weather forecast continues as planned–with rain and high winds, please check the Topsfield Fair website for opening updates and event cancellations.

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