Organizers of the 43d annual Mrs. Essex County pageant, run as part of the Topsfield Fair, are seeking married women living in Essex County, over the age of 18, with “poise, outgoing personality, and a spirit of volunteerism.” Contestants also submit a homemade food item as part of the pageant, which will be held on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. The winner will represent the Essex Agricultural Society at local events and serve as hostess of the fair. Applications may be downloaded from the website at www.topsfieldfair.org. Entry deadline is Oct. 10 at 10 p.m. For more information, contact pageant coordinators Carrie Crouch at 978-683-3256 or Cathy Carroll at 978-975-3172. The fair is scheduled to run from Oct. 4 through Oct. 14.