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As heightened security continues following the Boston Marathon bombings in April, patrons at this year’s 195th Topsfield Fair can expect to have their bags searched at the gates, as well as all vehicles driving onto the property.
Explosive-sniffing dogs may also be used at the Route 1 fairground, which this year is expected to attract over 400,000 visitors from Friday Oct. 4 to Oct. 14.
“Everyone has the right to feel safe,” said Jim O’Brien, general manager of the fair. “We want them to feel as safe as they are in their own home.”