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Topsfield Fair, P.O. Box 134, Topsfield, MA 01983
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Foods Department - General Information

Co-Chairpersons: Phyllis Berrett -
Priscilla Gerrard -


Rules & Regulations

    NO ITEMS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 11:30 A.M. Once judging has started absolutely NO exceptions will be made. Please allow for traffic. *NOTE DELIVERY TIMES VARY FOR EVENING CONTESTS*.
  3. The contest is intended for amateur bakers only. Professional bakers or those who earn a significant portion of their livelihood from baking may not enter.
  4. All food becomes the property of the Topsfield Fair.
  5. **TWO recipes, each printed on 1 side of an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet, must accompany all exhibits. Please include name, address, and telephone number on the back of each sheet. These become the property of the Topsfield Fair. DO NOT SEND WITH ENTRY FORMS. ALL EVENING CONTESTS SUBMIT 2 COPIES OF RECIPE.
  6. All exhibits must be brought to the fair in a DISPOSABLE container, carefully covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. The fair is Not Responsible for the return of plates, pans etc.
  7. NO package mixes will be accepted. Also, no premade or store bought crust.
  8. The food will be judged in the Family Living Center as soon as the display is set and judges are ready.
  9. THE EXHIBITOR WILL BE ADMITTED FREE ONLY AT THE MAIN GATE ENTRANCE. (Paid parking is available opposite the Main Gate on Route 1.)
  10. Anyone who has entered a recipe and won 1st prize cannot enter the same recipe again the next year.
  11. Only one entry per class, per category will be accepted from each exhibitor (i.e. cookies, muffins, etc.)
  12. Junior class, 5-15. Specify Junior Division and age. Juniors under age 16 are not allowed in evening contests unless specified in contest rules.
  13. All food items become property of the Topsfield Fair.
  14. The decision of contest officials is final.


One of the favorite locations to celebrate individual creativity in this area is at the county and state fair levels as fairs play an integral part of our culture's baking heritage. In an effort to encourage participation in yeast related baking, RED STAR® Yeast has established a fund to promote such activities and enhance the fine programming the local fairs have accomplished for decades.

We will make RED STAR® Yeast and coupons available to all contestants in any of the food categories. In addition, we will provide three RED STAR® merchandise award items to be given to the winners in the yeast bread categories.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $7.50 THIRD $5.00


  1. Favorite Cookie (Not Bars, 6 per plate)
  2. Favorite Dessert - Children (ages 15 & under)
  3. Favorite Dessert - Adult
  4. Favorite Dessert Bar (6 per plate)
  5. Brownies (6 per plate)
  6. Frosted Cupcakes (6 per plate)
  7. Bundt Cake with OR without frosting (whole cake must be submitted)

Sunday, October 1, 2017


  1. Muffins (6 per plate)
  2. Whoopie Pies, any flavor and filling (6 per plate)
  3. Quick Bread (1 loaf)
  4. Two Crust Pie
  5. Favorite One Crust Pie
  6. Yeast Bread (1 loaf)
  7. Sweet Yeast Breakfast Rolls or Danish (6 per plate)

Note: NO cake mixes are allowed in any of the above classes. Heart Smart, Diabetic, sugar free/fat free recipes in each class are also accepted. All Class items may be reheated if oven is available. Prior arrangement is necessary.

There are NO Professional Classes in this year's contest.

King Arthur Flour Favorite Coffee Cake (No Yeast)

Entry Deadline: October 3, 2017

Contest Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017

Delivery: 4:00 - 6:00 P.M.

Judging: 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. at coolidge hall

Announcements: 9:00 P.M.

Favorite Coffee Cake (No Yeast)

Adult Category - Ages 18 years and Up

1st place: $75 gift certificate to the Baker's Catalogue

2nd place: $50 gift certificate to the Baker's Catalogue

3rd place: King Arthur Flour Logo Canvas Tote Bag

All winners will also receive a gorgeous ribbon


  1. One entry per person, Whole Cake, please. Cake may be frosted, glazed or plain.
  2. Pre-entry form is required and is due as follows: Received by October 3, 2017.
  3. Exhibitor must bring the opened bag of King Arthur Flour or submit a UPC label from the flour bag when he/ she submits the entry.
  4. 1st Place winner from 2016 is not eligible to compete in 2017.
  5. All entries must be submitted on a disposable container for judging.
  6. Judging will be based on the following criteria:
    a. Flavor 50 points
    b. Overall Appearance 25 points
    c. Texture 25 points
    TOTAL 100 points

    Failure to follow the rules may result in disqualification.


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Topsfield Fair Apple Pie Contest

Supported by Cider Hill Farm

Entry Deadline: October 4, 2017

Contest: Friday, October 6, 2017

Deadline for Pie Delivery: 3:30 - 5:30 PM

Judging: 6:30 - 9:00 PM

Announcements: 9:00 PM

Standard Guidelines

  1. Class open to ages 16 yrs. and older. 2016 FIRST PLACE WINNERS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE IN 2017 CONTEST.
  2. Recipe may be your own personal favorite or original favorite with complementary ingredients added.
  3. The complete recipe must be submitted with food entry on 1 side of an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet. Please include name, address, and telephone number on the back of each sheet. Two copies are required.
  4. Judging based on crust texture, flavor, overall appearance and originality.
  5. All recipes become property of Topsfield Fair.
  6. Pies may be baked in a disposable plate of your choice - either glass or foil.
  7. No premade, store bought, or crust mix allowed.
  8. Recipes will be judged on crust (20%), filling (20%), overall appearance (30%), and overall flavor (30%).

Topsfield Fair Premiums

1ST PLACE $75 plus Gift Basket from Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury and 1/2 Bushel of Apples from Cider Hill Farm.

2ND PLACE $50 plus 1/2 Bushel of Apples from Cider Hill Farm.

3RD PLACE $25 plus Bag of Apples from Cider Hill Farm.

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Parent & Child Cookie Celebration Supported by Goodie's Ice Cream

Category: Ice Cream Shoppe Favorite Brownie

Entry Deadline: Thursday, October 5, 2017

Contest Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Cookie Delivery: Saturday, Oct. 7 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Judging: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Coolidge Hall

Announcements: 2:00 PM


Flavor 30 points
Texture 10 points
Appearance 30 points
Originality/Creativity 30 points
Total: 100 points

1st place: Blue Ribbon, $40 and Sundae a Month Certificate
2nd place: Red Ribbon, $15 and $15 Gift Certificate to Goodies
3rd place: White Ribbon, $10 and $10 Gift Certificate to Goodies

Contest Requirements

  • All "Parent" contestants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the contest. The child must be between the ages of 6 and 17.
  • The contest is intended for amateur bakers only. Professional bakers or those who earn a significant portion of their livelihood from baking may not enter the PARENT-CHILD COOKIE CELBRATION.
  • A parent may enter different cookie recipes with two different children but not two different recipes with the same child. Contestants who submit recipes under someone else's name will be disqualified.
  • Recipes in which the finished entry contains raw/uncooked eggs (whites and/or yolks) MAY NOT be entered. Egg must reach 160 degrees F. to be considered cooked.
  • 6 cookies per plate.
  • Plate decorations are allowed. The fair is not responsible for the return of plates.
  • All entries must be accompanied by the recipe, typewritten or legibly printed on 8 1/2" x 11" paper. (2 copies) Every ingredient must be listed in exact measurements and the type of ingredient must be specified.
  • All recipes become the exclusive property of Topsfield Fair and none will be returned.
  • The fair's general rules and contest policies will apply when there is a question about a rule. However, in the event of a tie, only one First Place winner can be chosen.
  • All pre-registration forms must be submitted to the Fair Entry Department by the date listed in the contest brochure.
  • The 2016 first place winners are not eligible to compete in 2017.

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Topsfield Fair Favorite Pumpkin Pie

The colors and flavors of fall in New England are here! Please join us in celebrating.

Favorite Pumpkin Pie Contest Sponsored by Mann Orchards

Entry Deadline: October 1, 2017

Contest: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Deadline for Delivery: 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Judging: 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Announcements: 9:00PM


  1. Class open to ages 16 years and older.
  2. Recipe may be your own personal favorite or original favorite with complimentary ingredients added.
  3. Complete recipe must be submitted with entry on 1 side of an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. Please include name, address and phone number on back. 2 copies of recipe please.
  4. All recipes must include at least 1 cup of canned or fresh pumpkin.
  5. Judging is based on texture (25%), flavor (50%), and overall appearance (25%).
  6. Recipes and entries become property of the Topsfield Fair.
  7. Entries should be submitted on disposable plates. The fair is not responsible for return of plates.
  8. No pre-made or store-bought packaged mixes allowed. Also no packaged or pre-made pie crusts.
  9. Entire baked entry must be submitted for judging.
  10. The 2016 first place winners are not eligible to compete in 2017.

1st place: Pie-a-month for a year from Mann's Orchard
2nd place: Gift basket from Mann's Orchard
3rd place: Gift certificate to Mann's Orchard

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Topsfield Fair General Rules & Information

Next Event:

2017 U. S. Senior Open

June 26, 2017 - July 02, 2017
9:00 am until 6:00 pm

The 38th U.S. Senior Open to be held June 26-July 2, 2017 at Salem Country Club in Peabody, MA and will feature a field of 156 of the worlds best professional and amateur senior golfers (over the age of 50).
Complimentary Public Parking: Paking at the 2017 U.S. Senior Open is complimentary. Parking will be located at the Topsfield Fairgrounds (207 Boston St, Topsfield, MA). Buses will take fans to and from the Championship.
Transportation for the Mobility Impaired: Designated parking for wheel chair bound fans will be provided in our public lot at the Topsfield Fairgrounds. ADA-approved shuttles will be running from the parking area and has lift capabilities. Wheelchairs will not be available for rent on Championship grounds. Fans may bring their own wheelchair into the championship grounds. Mobility Scooters will be available on a first-coome, first-served basis near the Admissions/Will Call trailer located in the Championship Main Entrance.

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