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September 21, 2012

Fair's first weekend offers plenty to do

The Topsfield Fair starts next Friday, bringing agricultural exhibits, good food, fun rides, first class entertainment and exciting events to the fairgrounds on Route 1 for the 194th year.

Among the new and old things to see, hear and do on the fair’s first weekend, here are three suggestions:

Marine Corps Band

From the Halls of Montezuma to the Topsfield Fair, the United States Marine Band will bring its stirring musical traditions to the fairground’s Trianon Stage starting Sunday at 7 p.m.

Their appearance marks a meeting of two great traditions: the country’s oldest fair and the band, which was established by an act of Congress in 1798 and is the country’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization.

The Marine Band’s repertoire includes patriotic tunes and precision military marches, and their audiences often include the nation’s chief executive.

They have been known as “The President’s Own” band since performing for John Adams at The White House in 1801.

They continue to play the executive mansion on a regular basis, at state dinners and special occasions.

A few weeks after performing for Adams, the band played at the inauguration of Thomas Jefferson, and has played at the inauguration of every president since.

The band will also play at the Trianon Stage at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, and at 7 p.m. in the Grandstand. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, it will appear at both 2 and 7 p.m. in the Grandstand.

Dock Dogs

Dock Dogs are dogs doing what comes naturally — leaping off the end of a dock to retrieve something from the water.

If you think your dog has what it takes to compete in one of several categories, online preregistration, which is discounted, ends Sept. 23.

Dogs will be judged for different sets of skills, including how far they can jump and how high, as well as how quickly they can retrieve an object from the water.

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