Records tumbling at Topsfield Fair

TOPSFIELD — First, it was the giant pumpkin on Friday night. Then it was a big belly on Sunday afternoon.

With a strategy of standing rather than sitting, Brandon Wood of Warren beat 15 other hot-dog gobblers in the hot-dog eating contest.

He also set a record by downing 10 quarter-pound dogs in the seven minutes allotted. Organizers said the 10 larger hotdogs are the equivalent of 20 standard size sausages.

The previous record was set by Pete Davekos of Danvers, who ate nine and a half quarter-pound hot dogs in last year’s contest. 

Wood won $204 (to celebrate the 204th Topsfield Fair) from the Bnai Brith Booth, which sponsored the contest.

In Friday night’s signature opening event, Jamie Graham of Tyngsboro broke the Topsfield Fair record at New England Giant Pumpkin Growers’ Contest. Graham’s pumpkin topped the scales at 2,480 pounds. 

The previous record was 2,294.5 pounds, set by Alex Noel of Abington, Conn. Noel came in second place in this year’s contest with a pumpkin weighing 2,234 lbs.