Saturday, Oct. 12 is the ninth day of the 2013 Topsfield Fair,
the oldest fair in the country. It is 4-H Day at the fair.
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 foggy start with the chance of an early shower and then then skies will clear and the sun will come out with a high temperature around 60 degrees.
Saturday will feature two musical performances in the arena - one at 11 a.m. by Coco Jones and one at 6 p.m. by Cher Lloyd. Tickets are $15 each or $45 for four to the Coco Jones Show and $25 each or $80 for four to the Cher Lloyd show, in addition to admission.
In the grandstand, it is the first of three days of performances for the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show. Performances are at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and each show in included with the price of admission.
In the arena, between the two musical performances, the Hallamore
Clydesdale 8-Horse Hitch will
perform at 1:30 p.m.
On Arena Road (the road between the pig barn and arena), a High Dive Show will perform at noon, 2 p.m., 4 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. and and 3 p.m. and on the Kiddie Land stage at 1 p.m.
2013 American Honey Queen Caroline Adams and 2013 Essex County Honey Ambassador Stephen Sample will be in the beekeeping building all day.
The State Police K-9 Unit will be on display in the Essex County Farmyard (across from Coolidge Hall) at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
The ever popular Money Pole game will happen in the Essex County Farmyard at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Performers on the Trianon Stage will include 3MB Fencing at 10:30 a.m., The Bubble Show at noon, Jillian Carderelli from 2-4 p.m., The Gloucester High School Docksiders Band at 5 p.m. and Loose Ends Blue Grass band at 7 p.m.
Admission is weekend pricing - $15 for adults on Saturday. Children under eight are free with a paying adult. Parking is $10 per car. Satellite parking for $5 will also be available at Masconomet Regional High School and the Danvers campus of North Shore Community College with free shuttle bus service on back roads with less traffic to get to the fair.