Topsfield MA 9/30/16 Steve Connolly and his wife, Nancy, of Sharon MA with their first place winning pumpkin 2,075.5 lbs during the 32nd All New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at the Topsfield Fair on Friday September 30, 2016. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff)

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Steve Connolly and his wife, Nancy, of Sharon, with their 2,075.5-pound winner last year.

Topsfield is the fairest of them all

199th annual attraction gives city slickers a chance to experience life on the farm (and eat some apple crisp).By Kathy Shiels Tully

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A walk for care, bikes to share, and a queen of the fair

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Topsfield is the fairest of them all

199th annual attraction gives city slickers a chance to experience life on the farm (and eat some apple crisp).

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