Monday July 12, 2021

TOPSFIELD –The Essex Agricultural Society, the organization that runs the Topsfield Fair, announced that the Topsfield Fair will return in 2021. This year’s Fair dates are October 1-11, 2021.

“Having to cancel last year’s Topsfield Fair due to the COVID-19 pandemic was devastating,” said James O’Brien, General Manager, Topsfield Fair. “We are thrilled to announce that the Fair will return this year with no restrictions and we look forward to seeing everyone on the fairgrounds in October.”

Last year was only the third time that America’s Oldest Fair, which began in 1818, was canceled. In 1918 all agricultural fairs in the state were cancelled due to a worldwide influenza pandemic (Spanish Flu) and again during 1943-1945 for World War II. “When the fair returned in 1946, it opened to record-breaking attendance,” added O’Brien. “Knowing how much people have missed going to events, I expect this year’s fair will be a banner year for attendance. In preparation, we have installed additional sinks and hand-sanitizing stations to the hundreds already in place for added safety and convenience.”

Pre-Fair admission tickets are $12.00 each and can be purchased online by visiting: Tickets during the run of the fair are $15.00 each.

The Fair is in need of full-time and part-time staff as well as hundreds of volunteers in order to successfully run the fair. If interested, please call 978-887-5000. The Fair is also accepting applications for vendors. Visit:

A schedule of concerts, which are all free with Fair admission,will be announced soon.

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