, Salem, MA


October 5, 2012

Plenty of fun planned for final weekend of Topsfield Fair

The Topsfield Fair is entering its last weekend, but offers plenty of fun things to do through Monday. Here are three suggestions:


It wouldn’t be a country fair without country music, and Kentucky native John Michael Montgomery will bring the sounds of Nashville to the Topsfield Fair’s grandstand tonight at 7 p.m.

Montgomery has had more than 30 singles on Billboard’s country charts, including two No. 1 hits, and his performance will be simulcast at the Trianon Stage.

Other major acts to perform this weekend include pop rockers Hot Chelle Rae, who will share their party anthems and love songs Saturday at 6 p.m., at a ticketed show in the arena.

A ticket will also be required to hear young singer Bridgit Mendler in the arena at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Audiences may recognize Mendler from the show “Good Luck Charlie” on the Disney Channel. Her first studio album, “Hello, My Name Is...,” is due out later this month.


Vocalizations of an entirely different sort will be heard in the Essex County Farmyard, Saturday at 11 a.m., at the cock-crowing and hen-flying contest.

The rooster who crows the most times in half an hour is the winner, said Ed White, superintendent of the fair’s poultry department.

“The judges try to get them to crow by talking to them, crowing at them — you name it, they do it,” White said.

Around 15 roosters compete, and White has heard some crow as many as 50 times, while others wouldn’t even open their beaks.

“Some get stage fright,” he said. “Some crow the whole time. The public loves it.”

Hens also need encouragement to get started in their contest.

“We throw them up in the air and see how far they’ll fly,” White said.

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