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September 6, 2013

New offerings, old favorites at Topsfield Fair



When: Oct. 4 through Oct. 14, Opening parade through Topsfield Oct. 5, 9 a.m.

Where: 207 Boston St./Route 1, Topsfield

How: Tickets on sale now

More: For full schedule and details, see


1818: founding of Essex Agricultural Society, the nonprofit that runs the fair

450,000 to 500,000: visitors on an average year

380,000: visitors last year, when it rained for eight days

180: security personnel trained for this year’s fair

700: fair volunteers

400: paid fair employees

80: people signed up to show 4H cattle

100: food booths on the fairgrounds

400: entries in this spring’s contest to pick a 2013 fair slogan (winner was “Make time for a great time,” written by Julia Lawrence of Beverly)

$27,000: amount in scholarships the Essex Agricultural Society gave out to Essex County students last year

$275: cost of lifetime membership in the Essex Agricultural Society, which grants you free admission to the fair for life

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