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September 27, 2013

Dive right into fair's opening week events

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After The Human Torch, there will be four or five dives off a 3-meter springboard, and the show will conclude with — what else? — a high dive.

“It’s about 60 feet out there,” Kunze said. “I haven’t put the top section on yet.”

It may not be a world record, but it’s high enough to give you a whole flock of butterflies just watching him climb to the platform.

High divers land feet first, to avoid paralyzing neck injuries. Technique is also used to help the diver slow down and avoid striking the bottom of the pool.

“We use ‘scooping,’ we roll as we hit the water, tuck up and roll over,” during head-first dives, Kunze said. “In a feet-first high dive, we form a little L with our body. Your raise your feet, and the speed with which you enter the water allows you to use the diameter of the pool to stop, rather than the depth.”

There will be three shows on the Arena Road on the weekdays and four shows on the weekends and holiday.

Jilly Martin

What’s a country fair without country music?

At Topsfield Fair, the sounds of Nashville can usually be heard on one of its stages, and this year they will be provided by Bay State native Jilly Martin.

Martin has won several awards from the Massachusetts Country Music Awards Association, and in 2002, she was inducted into its Gallery of Greats.

Not only is Martin from just over the county line, in Chelmsford, but she is also a parishioner at St. Richard’s in Danvers, where she cantors on Sundays and sings at holiday concerts.

Martin, whose grandparents listened to country music, has opened for major acts that include Randy Travis and Miranda Lambert.

Still in her 20s, Martin has started writing more of her own material lately, in the traditional narrative style of country music, and should share a few of these at the fair.

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