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    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,

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    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.

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