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What You Need to Know About the Topsfield Fair: Sunday, Sept. 30

Here's a look at some of the special things you will find at the Topsfield Fair on Sunday, Sept. 30. Check for this daily feature here on Hamilton-Wenham Patch through the fair's closing day on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 8.

Sunday, Sept. 30 is the third 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.

Sunday is the final day of free Dock Dogs shows in the grandstand. Shows are at 10 and 11 a.m. and 12, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 p.m.

The U.S. Marine Corps Band arrives on Sunday night for the first of many performances. The band will be on the Trianon Stage at 7 p.m.

In the arena, there will be horse-pulling - both free-for-all and three horse hitch.

Two other fair favorites - The Great American Duck Race and Robinson's Racing Pigs - run all day too. The duck race is on the Grange Road at 11 a.m. and 1 and 5 p.m. Robinson's Racing Pigs are opposite the duck race along Grange Road and perform at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police also arrive at the fair for the second of seven days, presenting their musical ride in the arena at 2 and 6 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults on Sunday. 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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