It’s that time of year again: The Topsfield Fair runs through Monday, October 9, and it’s bringing back farm animals, games, rides, fried foods, and more for the 199th year.
Started in 1818 as the Essex Agricultural Society Cattle Show in an effort to help provide information to progressive farmers, the fair continues to promote agricultural activities and an atmosphere of fun and excitement. These days, the event plays host to several concerts and agriculture contests.
“People grow up going to the fair and they take their kids or grandkids,” Fair spokesperson David Thomson told The Boston Globe. “I think it’s a nice kind of family activity. There’s something for everyone.”
Nearly 450,000 people are expected to take part in the early autumn tradition this year, according to the Globe. This year’s fair opened September 29, and will run through Monday, October 9.
Check out scenes from the event below:
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.