Topsfield Fair Makes Successful Return

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TOPSFIELD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio)— The Topsfield Fair made its return this weekend with big crowds after last year's fair was canceled due to the pandemic.

The country's oldest agricultural fair saw a 30 percent increase in ticket sales compared to the last time the fair was held in 2019. The fair's general manager Jim O'Brien said there's a new level of excitement at the fair.

"People are excited, the vendors are excited," O'Brien said. "A lot of them haven't been able to operate since a year and half ago."

The fair's food, animals, and activities were out in full force once again, but one event in particular caught many people's attention—The All New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off. The contest saw a convoy of forklifts carrying the large pumpkins to the scales.

The winning pumpkin weighed in at 2,092 pounds, which is just over a ton. Alex Noel, a native of Abington, Connecticut, grew this years winner. He also won the contest in 2019.

The fair is open until Oct. 11.

WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) has the story.

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