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From the Archives

From Globe archives: The Topsfield Fair

Ulrike Welsch/Globe staff/file 1977

It’s fall, and time for the Topsfield Fair, the oldest in the country. Started in 1818 to encourage
agriculture interest in Essex County, the fair now also entertains with rides and games

as well as the traditional mainstays.

This photo, from Oct. 3, 1977, shows the judging of the cattle competition at the fair,


as Charles Noyes casts a critical eye at Jimmy Phelan’s entry

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while the latter tries to keep the animal under control.

Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite