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What You Need to Know About the Topsfield Fair: Wednesday, Oct. 3

Here's a look at some of the special things you will find at the Topsfield Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Check for this daily feature here on Patch through the fair's closing day on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 8.

Wednesday, Oct. 3, is the sixth day of the 2012 Topsfield Fair, the oldest fair in the country. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. The agricultural buildings close at 10 p.m.

It is the final day with a midway ride special on, where you get unlimited rides for $20 on all rides except the bumper cars from 5-11 p.m.

And singing legend Frankie Avalon takes the stage in the grandstand at 7 p.m. Avalon, 72, has starred in dozens of TV shows and movies dating back to the 1950s and had 31 hit songs on the Billboard charts.

If it rains, Avalon's performance will be moved inside to Coolidge Hall.

Another of the midweek evening parades will make its way through the fairgrounds on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

The U.S. Marine Corps Band continues with its 2012 performances at the Topsfield Fair with concerts at 2 and 7 p.m. in the grandstand. Frankie Avalon then visits the grandstand on Wednesday with a free show at 7 p.m.

Starting the day at 10:30 a.m. in the grandstand will be Beulah the Elephant's birthday party.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police also continue their performances, presenting their musical ride at 6 p.m. in the arena.

At 1:30 p.m. in the arena, the spectacular Hallamore Clydesdale 8-Horse Hitch will be on display.

Admission is weekday pricing - $11 for adults on Tuesday. Children under eight are free with a paying adult. Parking is $10 per car.

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