The Topsfield Fair 2016 will arrive at the beginning of October, a prime time to check out the leaves and celebrate the harvest at one of the prettiest events in Massachusetts. For ten days, the schedule is jam packed with fun. During the busiest time of year for this small town west of Gloucester, Topsfield transforms into a top destination with parades, rides and agricultural contests. The fair also is the best time to catch live music and enjoy something great to eat.
Topsfield Fair History and Facts
Called America's oldest agricultural festival, the Topsfield Fair has been going strong since its creation in 1818. That year, the Essex Agricultural Society that was granted a charter to start a fair with the mission to promote the agricultural interests of the local farmers of Essex County. The society's first president was Timothy Pickering an early Harvard graduate and a Revolutionary War veteran.
The current fairgrounds have hosted the Topsfield Fair since 1910 at the former Treadwell Farm. The fair has been held every year since the inaugural cattle show with the exception of three years during the Civil War and three more during World War II. In every other year, people have been gathered at the agricultural fair to celebrate nature's bounty and have some fun too.
Tickets to the Topsfield Fair Massachusetts
Admission rates to the Topsfield Fair 2016 depend on the time you visit. Discounts are available for weekend visits, and full price is charged on the weekends and Columbus Day. Any time, children under the age of eight can enter the fairgrounds for free. A small parking fee is assessed per vehicle.
One day of the fair will have special discounts for members of the military, while another will provide discounts for senior citizens. Additional tickets are needed for the rides and the marquee concerts at the Topsfield Fair Massachusetts.
Directions to the Topsfield Fair
The fairgrounds are located at 207 Boston Street in Tospfield, which is Route 1. The directions are pretty simple. Take Interstate 95 to north to Route 1 at Exit 50. Follow the highway until you find the Topsfield Fair Massachusetts grounds on the right.
If you're coming from the North of Boston region, head south on I-95 until Exit 53. Take Route 97 south until Highway. Head south to the fairgrounds, which will be on the left.
Lodging near the Topsfield Fair Massachusetts
Many Massachusetts hotels are located within an easy drive of the Topsfield Fair, especially when you head south on Interstate 95. Just off the highway at 50 Ferncroft Road in Danvers, the Crowne Plaza Boston North Shore is close to the fair and so much more. Downtown Boston is less than twenty miles away. The 366 guestrooms are large and comfortable, with flat-screen TVs and in-room movies and coffee. You'll also find a casual dining restaurant and the always-fun CoCo Key Water Resort.
Heading north from the fairgrounds, the Country Garden Inn & Spa at 101 Main Street in Rowley is an easy drive up Route 1. Nestled of four landscaped acres, the inn provides a distinctive and serene setting for overnight visits. You'll find traditional guestrooms as well as townhouses with lofts and private hot tubs. All rooms have air conditioning as well as cable TV and daily maid service. Guests also have access to an outdoor pool, complimentary Wi-Fi and continental breakfast.