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Topsham celebrates 156th annual fair Aug. 8-14

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Topsham celebrates 156th annual fair Aug. 8-14

TOPSHAM — The Topsham Fair is rolling out its 156th year of “farm fresh family fun” beginning Sunday, Aug. 8 and running through Saturday, Aug. 15.

On Sunday at 7:30 p.m. the ‘80s tribute hair band Twyce Shy rocks the stage, and fans of a different style of music can catch the Wild Horse Country Band at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. And those people who want to dust off their platform shoes can groove with the ’70s sounds of Motor Booty Affair at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Those who get their kicks watching big trucks in action can take in the Demolition Derby on Wednesday and on Saturday at 7 p.m., along with the Red Neck Truck Pull Friday at 7 p.m. The Antique Tractor Pull will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday.

There’s also the Car Cruise-In at 8 a.m. Sunday, followed that day by a draft horse and pony show at 10 a.m.

Harness racing will be held Sunday through Tuesday at 5 p.m., and then Wednesday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.

A National Wrestling Alliance event is new to the fair this year and will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Fireworks will close out the fair with a bang at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Leon Brillant, president of the fair board of directors, has been helping out at the fair since 1972. A big part of what has kept him involved is the children who attend the event, “to try to make something for them to do and keep them out of trouble.”

He said he’s also met a lot of good people over the years and made many new friends through the fair.

Brillant noted that the fair can always use more volunteer help.

Admission to the fair, held off the Route 196 Coastal Connector, is $6 for adults Sunday through Tuesday, and $7 Wednesday through Saturday. Children under 12 get in for free, and on Tuesdays senior citizens and 13- to 18-year-olds can get in for $3. Parking is free.

Log onto topshamfair.net or call 729-1943 for more information.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net.