Say the words "Topsfield Fair" and people who have spent very year at the Fair will tell you what they go for. For some it's the food, the rides, the animals, the giant pumpkin, the big name concerts, the food, the food.
Call me a sap for maple syrup, but I attribute magical powers to the stuff. Before that first sticky drop drizzles my pancake, I know it will transform any ordinary flapjack from sweet to sublime.
At the 2012 Topsfield Fair, a world record smashing giant pumpkin, the first to exceed one ton (2,009 lbs) is encased in a glass mausoleum as the receiving line wraps around the building - who are the people who grow these things?