Topsfield Fair Named Top Family Event

TOPSFIELD - The Topsfield Fair, the nation’s oldest fair, has been named one of 11 UP-STAND Family-Friendly Awards in 2023. Awarded annually by UP-STAND, the Family-Friendly Awards celebrate accessibility and changing norms associated with family-friendliness at...

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Whittier Could Have Allowed City-Town Voting

REGIONAL – Whittier Regional Vocational High School could have allowed each of its 11 cities and towns under state law to decide individually how to fund its share of the $264 million price tag for a new building. Rowley SelectBoard chair Cliff Pierce and other town...

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Whittier Building Vote Set for January

REGIONAL – Town leaders across the North Shore can only hope a blizzard hits Haverhill but not any of the coastal towns on Jan. 23, keeping Haverhill’s residents from voting in the multi-town election to approve a nearly half-billion-dollar new building for the...

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New Whittier Building Hits a Buzz Saw

REGIONAL – Whittier Tech Supt. Maureen Lynch last week ran into a wall with fewer cracks than her school has as she tried to persuade town and city officials in the Whittier District to support the proposed $440 million new school building. “We have to do something,”...

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Fair Sets One-Day Attendance Record

TOPSFIELD – The Topsfield Fair finished the 2023 event on a high note, setting a single-day attendance record on its closing day. Overall attendance records was “way down” for the year, said the Fair’s General Manager James O’Brien, but the pent-up demand to see the...

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Read to Win

TOPSFIELD – Reading has its rewards. The Topsfield Fair, Fiesta Shows and The International Association of Fairs and Expositions this summer promoted a ‘Read and Win’ program with at 32 libraries in Essex, Middlesex counties and southern New Hampshire. For each...

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Sip a Pumpkin Beer, Listen to Classic Rock

TOPSFIELD -- If you enjoy Dunkin’ Donuts’ spice coffee, you may want to try True North Ale Co.’ Topsfield Fair Giant Pumpkin Ale in the Topsfield Fair’s Beer Garden, especially while listening to the classic rock sounds of Starship, featuring Mickey Thomas and special...

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Essex Agricultural Society Scholarships

REGIONAL – The Essex Agricultural Society, which operates the Topsfield Fair, has awarded 34 college scholarships this year, many of them to graduates from North Shore schools. Most of the scholarships are for $1,000 and are paid to the college during the second...

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