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September 27, 2012

Take me to the fair

It's all about tradition in Topsfield

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Pumpkins begin arriving at 1 p.m. tomorrow, and weighing begins at 4 p.m.

Scouting style

Tradition is an important part of the Topsfield Fair, which is the country’s oldest fair and is being held for the 194th year.

That makes it the perfect place for the Girl Scouts to celebrate their 100th anniversary, which they will do by holding a fashion show this Saturday displaying the history of Girl Scout uniforms.

“There’s probably about 20 uniforms,” said Leslie Voss, a troop leader from Topsfield who organized the show.

“It started off almost safari style, with a real camping outfit, although back in 1912, girls were wearing long skirts with a hat and belted tunic,” she said. “In the ’20s and ’30s, it became an A-line dress, a light green khaki with a slightly different hat that still had a scarf, and the badges ran up the arm.”

One uniform that may surprise people, Voss said, is an all-blue Mariner Girl Scout uniform from the ’40s and ’50s, for Scouts who were involved in sailing and other nautical activities.

The uniforms, which came from a museum at the Girl Scout Council headquarters in North Andover, will be modeled by current members of troops in Danvers and Topsfield.

All Saturday will be Girl Scout Day at the fair, with free admission for Girls Scouts in uniform and one adult.

“They have to be wearing their sash or vest, or a T-shirt or sweatshirt that identifies them as a Girl Scout,” Voss said.

Bakers’ delight

Apple pie contests are traditional at most country fairs, and Topsfield’s is no exception.

Fifty entries are expected already, and pies will be accepted until Oct. 3, two days before the winner is announced on Friday, Oct. 5, said Priscilla Gerrard of Danvers, co-chairwoman of the foods department in Coolidge Hall.

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