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What You Need to Know About the Topsfield Fair: Sunday, Oct. 7

Here's a look at some of the special things you will find at the Topsfield Fair on Sunday, Oct. 7. Check for this daily feature here on Hamilton-Wenham Patch through the fair's closing day on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 8.

Sunday, Oct. 7 is the next to last day of the 2012 Topsfield Fair, the oldest fair in the country. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. The agricultural buildings close at 10 p.m.

In the grandstand, the Flying Wallendas return for their second of three days of high-wire performances. They will perform for free at 2 and 7 p.m.

The Mrs. Essex County Pageant takes place at 2 p.m. in Coolidge Hall.

The First Congregational Church of Boxford will hold a service at 10 a.m. at the Trianon Stage.

In the Essex County Farrmyard, the State Police K-9 team will be on display at noon and 2 p.m. and Farm Animal Fun will be there at 10 a.m. and 1, 4 and 5 p.m.

Many other free shows are happening throughout the day across the fairgrounds. The Maximum Velocity BMX Bike Show is on the Arena Road at 11 a.m. and 2, 4 and 6 p.m. The Great American Duck Race and Robinson's Racing Pigs are opposite each other on the Grange Road. The Duck Race happens at 11 a.m. and 1, 3 and 5 p.m. The pigs races go off at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m.

Admission is weekend pricing -- $15 for adults on Sunday. Children under eight are free with a paying adult. Parking is $10 per car at the fairgrounds and $5 offsite at Masconomet Regional High School and North Shore Community College with a free shuttle bus to the fair.

If you go to the fair on Sunday, or have been in the past week, upload you photos to our Topsfield Fair 2012 image gallery. 

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