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The poultry department has one of the largest poultry shows in the northeast. Our show consists of many species of waterfowl, fancy show birds and a large assortment of bantams. Competitions in turkeys, ornamental and racing pigeons, laying birds and eggs are very popular, with everyone thinking that theirs is the best. All competitors hope that their bird will make the "Court of Honor" where we display the "best of the best."

The part of the poultry building that is the most sought after is the chick hatchery. All during the fair we have eggs hatching and baby chicks on display. This is our busiest area and people spend hours waiting for their special egg to hatch. Natures miracle of life is on display for all to see. Another popular activity that our young fair visitors really enjoy is feeding the birds. Last but not least is the hen flying and cock crowing contests that take place on the second Saturday of the fair, come and root home your favorites.

So, stop by the Poultry Building and see the show.

Fast Facts

The only difference between brown and white eggs is the color of the shell.

It takes 21 days to hatch a chicken egg and 28 days to hatch a duck egg.

It takes approximately 22 weeks for a chicken to start laying eggs.

A chicken lays approximately 260 eggs a year.

It takes 8 weeks to produce a broiler.

It takes 7 weeks to produce a fryer.

The main part of a chicken's feed is corn.

A young female chicken is called a pullet.

A young male is called a cockerel.

The best place to keep eggs is in their carton on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator.

Wash Your Hands

Please remember to wash your hands after leaving any area with animals.

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 world’s 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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