204th year of the Topsfield Fair
Friday, September 29, 2023
Monday, October 9, 2023
207 Boston Street, Topsfield, MA 01983, United States
Essex Agricultural Society
- Phone: 978-887-5000
- Fax: 978-887-3016
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mailing Address: PO Box 134, Topsfield, MA 01983
About the Fair
Topsfield Fair is annually organized at the fairgrounds on Boston Street. The fair features animals, 4-H exhibits, midway, food, performances, horse show, demolition derby, tractor pull, rodeo, parades, flower show, and more.
The Topsfield Fair is owned and operated by the Essex Agricultural Society. The first meeting of the Essex Agricultural Society was held in 1818 to promote agricultural interest. The First Cattle show of the Essex Agricultural Society took place in Topsfield. In 1858, Dr. John Goodhue Treadwell willed his 150-acre farm in Topsfield to the Agricultural Society. For about 90 years, the fair was itinerant. Until 1910, the fair traveled around Essex county exhibiting in towns such as Georgetown, Danvers, Haverhill, Gloucester, Salem, Lynn, Andover, and Ipswich.
In 1910, Essex Agricultural Society moved the Fair to be located permanently on the Treadwell Farmland in Topsfield. The fairgrounds were wired for electricity in 1921. In 2018, special events were organized at the fair to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Essex Agricultural Society. In 2023, the eleven-day Topsfield Fair will be held from Friday, September 29 to Monday, October 9.
In 2012, the Topsfield Fair weighed the first-ever one-ton pumpkin, setting a new world record. The pumpkin weighed 2009 pounds (1.005 ton).