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What You Need to Know About the Topsfield Fair: Saturday, Sept. 29

Here's a look at some of the special things you will find at the Topsfield Fair on Saturday, Sept. 29. Check for this daily feature here on Hamilton-Wenham Patch through the fair's closing day on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 8.

Saturday, Sept. 29 is the second day of the 2012 Topsfield Fair, the oldest fair in the country. It is the first full day that the fair is open. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. The agricultural buildings close at 10 p.m.

Saturday gets started with the Grand Parade at 9 a.m. It starts at Topsfield Common and makes its way down Main Street and Maple Street into the Fairgrounds.

Saturday is Girl Scout Day, honoring the 100th year of Girl Scouts. All girls in uniform will get in free along with one parent.

Gov. Deval Patrick also plans to visit the fair on Saturday. He plans to be there at noon.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police also arrive at the fair for the first time on Saturday, presenting their musical ride in the arena at 2 and 6 p.m.

The Junior King and King Pageant also happens on the Trianon Stage at 11:30 a.m.

There will be a free Dock Dogs shows in the Grandstand at 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 p.m.

Burnham performs live on the Trianon Stage at 6 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults on Saturday. Children under eight are free with a paying adult. Parking is $10 per car. Overflow parking will be available at Masconomet High School and North Shore Community College.

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