Friday, Oct. 11 is the eighth day of the 2013 Topsfield Fair, the oldest fair in the country.
Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. at the Essex Agricultural Society's Fairgrounds at 207 Boston St. (Route 1) in Topsfield. The agricultural buildings close at 10 p.m.
The weather forecast calls for a rainy start early and then clouds will stick around for the rest of the day. The high temperature will be in the mid-60s with a light northeast wind.
In the arena, the Hallamore
Clydesdale 8-Horse Hitch will
perform at 1:30 p.m. and the tractor pull will start at 5 p.m.
The Topsfield Fair Apple Pie Contest runs all day in Coolidge Hall with the winner announced at 9 p.m.
In the grandstand at 7 p.m., X-Factor winner Tate Stevens will perform. The
included in the price of admission and will also be simulcast on the Trianon Stage for fans that can not fit into the grandstand.
On Arena Road (the road between the pig barn and arena), a High Dive Show will perform at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Lon Cerel will put on a show for kids with magic and balloons in the picnic area at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
2013 American Honey Queen Caroline Adams will be in the beekeeping building all day.
The Essex County Sheriff's Department's K-9 Unit will be on display in the Essex County Farmyard (across from Coolidge Hall) at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Performers on the Trianon Stage will include Tony Fonseca All Hands Drumming from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Bubble Show at 2 p.m., For the Year from 4-7 p.m. and Spirit House Band from 8-11 p.m.
Admission is weekend pricing - $15 for adults on Friday. Children under eight are free with a paying adult. Parking is $10 per car.