TOPSHAM — The Topsham Fair is back for its 163rd year with plenty of fun for all ages.

Running from Aug. 8 to 13, the fair has a mix of classic agricultural and skill contests, carnival rides and events, and music. With dozens of featured events, there’s something for everyone at the Topsham Fairgrounds.

As always, the fair kicks off on a Tuesday with the Maine Trail Riders Horse Show, a free all-day event, and harness racing at 5 p.m. More harness racing happens at 5 p.m. Wednesday, too, and the fair proper kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 8, featuring the first pig scramble for six-year-olds hoping to catch a pig to take home. The event will run over multiple days, with different age groups each time.

Wild Horse Country Band, herding demonstrations, ATV mud runs, and the start of judging for contests in the Exhibition Hall, including the Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest, welcome fairgoers on opening day.

The first demolition derby runs at 7 p.m. Aug. 9. On Aug. 10, the truck and tractor pull led by Maine State Pullers runs at 6 p.m. Giant vehicles of various types compete to pull massive weights as far as they can, in a loud, smoky, exciting exhibition.

Aug. 11 features the Redneck Truck Pull at 6 p.m., following the annual Miss Topsham Fair Pageant at 5 p.m. On Aug. 12, the final demolition derby runs at 7 p.m., followed by a fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.

The final day of the fair features a battle of the bands, and Krazy Jake the Comedian to round the fair off on Aug. 13.

Agricultural and skill-based events, like steer and oxen pulls and animal shows make up the heart and soul of the fair from 9 a.m. to dark every day, in the pulling ring and at the Favreau Building.

One favorite is “mutton busting” on Aug. 10 at 5 p.m., where children try to stay on a fully-grown sheep for as long as they can. Another is the Frying Pan Throwing Contest, which is exactly what it sounds like. Open to women ages 15 and older, watch as they compete to throw a frying pan as far and as accurately as possible. The frying pan is provided by the fair, so don’t worry about needing to bring your own.

Have an annoying back-seat driver in your family that always tells you how to drive? Well on Aug. 13 at 1 p.m., they get their chance to shine. The annual Back-Seat-Driver Contest allows them to showcase their nagging skills as they direct a blindfolded driver through an obstacle course in as short a time as possible. There are way too many events to keep listing them all, so for more information, visit

Tickets to the Topsham Fair are $10 on Aug. 8, 9, and 13, and $12 Aug. 10, 11, and 12. On Aug. 8, seniors pay just $3, and on Aug. 13 children of military families are half-off. All ticket prices include access to rides.

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