Topsfield Fair & Our Fall Bucket List

Friday night we attended the Topsfield Fair. If you aren’t from the Northeast you may not have heard of it but it is the oldest fair in North America. Since we live in such a historic are in Beverly, MA, like many things, this is essentially in our backyard, just 2 towns away. People come from all over to attend the Topsfield Fair and it is no small affair. This year Kellie Pickler was one of that acts, last year it was Angie Miller. Attending the 10 day fair is a staple of living in the Northeast. It starts in the beginning of October and ends on Columbus Day weekend. Tractor shows, fruit and vegetable exhibits, farm animals, rides and games, concerts, contests, parades, the list goes on and on.

This year was special because it was the first time we experienced it with our 15-month old niece, Jordyn. She is probably too little to understand. However, it was definitely memorable for us, experiencing it through her eyes. She had a blast running around, saying hi to strangers and eating Auntie’s Fried Dough. Of course having a toddler in tow is a little difficult to experience everything, but we made the best of it and had a blast.


Jordyn Marie on the loose at the #topsfieldfair. Is that a toddler or an cute bear that came to life? #toddler #adorable #love

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The Topsfield Fair is the kick off to celebrating fall. Here is a list of our fall bucket list.

Fall Bucket List - At Home With The O'Neils

  1. Apples galore. Apple picking, apple pies, apple sauce, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple crisp.
  2. Baking Apple Pies. Jeannine and her mother have a long-withstanding fall tradition of baking apples pies together when the weather becomes cooler. 
  3. Football.  Chuck turned Jeannine onto Football. Before she used to think it was annoying or at the very least an event to socialize in high school on a Friday night. But now we are both into it and root for the New England Patriots.
  4. Soups & Stews. One of our favorites is Beef Stew although our latest addiction is Loaded Baked Potato Soup. 
  5. Leaf Loving. Raking leaves and then jumping in the piles and going leaf peeping.
  6. Bundle up and go for a walk.
  7. Corn mazes and hay rides.
  8. Pumpkin carving and roasting the seeds.
  9. Drink em up! It’s now time for Apple Cider, Hot Chocolate, Pumpkin and Cinnamon Lattes.
  10. Sweater weather. Packing away the flip-flops and bringing out the sweaters, jackets, mittens and scarves.
Connors Farm 2008

Chuck posing at the Corn Maze in Connor’s Farm in 2008.

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Jeannine giving the goats some love at Connor’s Farm Corn Maze in 2008.

What do you think of this list? What would you add or replace?

Fall Bucket List - At Home  With The O'Neils


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