EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


October 3, 2013

Fair play

195th Topsfield Fair opens tomorrow with animals, food, music and rides


This year, for instance, performers will include Beverly’s Angie Miller, who finished third in the “American Idol” competition this spring. Fans on the North Shore who voted for Miller when she was on television can show their appreciation in person, when she appears in a free concert Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Grandstand.

She won’t be the only local talent at the fair, which will include appearances by the SpiritHouse Band, also from Beverly, and the Ipswich-based band The Fools.

But the fair will also feature national acts, like English rapper and singer Cher Loyd, and Coco Jones, a singer who appeared in the movie “Let It Shine” on the Disney Channel. There will also be a visit from Bobby Vinton, whose string of hits started in 1962 with “Roses Are Red” and went on to include “Blue Velvet” and “Mr. Lonely.”

For those who prefer sawing to singing, the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show is coming back this year to cut lengths of white pine down to size.

Lee LeCaptain, a champion log-roller and cross-cut sawyer, started the show with his wife, Myra, 28 years ago.

“He was in the nuclear industry, and we were keeping track of the radiation,” Myra LeCaptain said. “We got back to what we like. That’s how we started.”

The six lumberjacks in the show, — which now includes the LeCaptains’ sons — will be splitting wood rather than atoms in events like axe throwing, underhand chopping and chair carving.

Take a ride

For visitors looking for a lift, there are rides at the fair that will boost and spin them to their heart’s content.

These include the new Speed XXL, which stands 118 feet high and holds a gondola at the end of each arm. Each gondola seats four people in a ride that reaches 3G speeds.

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