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The Topsfield Fair will be hosting the fifth annual Run The Fair 5K to help support the Essex Agricultural Society’s College Scholarship Fund.

The Run The Fair 5K will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2016.  Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. Race starts at 10:00 a.m.  The race begins and ends at the Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston Street (Route 1) in Topsfield. The pre-registration fee is $25 and includes a long sleeve t-shit and, new this year, one free admission ticket to the Topsfield Fair, valued at up to $15.  Race Day registration is $30.  All participants will enjoy refreshments and music after the race.

A Kids Fun Run returns for the second year for children 10 years old and younger.  Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. Race starts at 9:30 a.m. The registration fee is $10.

“The Essex Agricultural Society is the organization that runs the Topsfield Fair,” said James O’Brien, General Manager of the Topsfield Fair.  “This year we gave out thirty-nine thousand dollars in scholarships to high school seniors who are furthering their education by entering college.  This doesn’t include thousands in additional scholarship money distributed by several of our departments, including bee keeping, rabbits, sportsman building, and many others.”

Entry forms can be completed and submitted at Online registration is available for runners paying by credit card.  Runners paying by check need to download the form from the site and mail it to Topsfield Fair, PO Box 134, Topsfield, MA 01983.

“Now in its 5th year, the Run The Fair 5K has become another in a long line of traditions involving the Essex Agricultural Society and the Topsfield Fair,” said Al Craig, President, Essex Agricultural Society. “We look forward to seeing all of the runners, walkers, and spectators on September 25th.”

Prizes will be awarded to the men and women with the fastest time in each of the following divisions: 11-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.