ADAMS — The 42nd Adams Agricultural Fair promises more vendors and more excitement, organizers said.

Two truck pulling competitions join a demolition derby, a birds of prey program, horse pulling contests and many more family-friendly events as the fair kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday. The fair concludes with a 5 p.m. awards ceremony on Sunday.

State Commissioner of Agriculture John Lebeaux confirmed that he is expected to arrive at the fair about 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

"I'm looking forward to spending a couple of hours at the fair," he told the Eagle on Tuesday.

Sunday's Skyfire productions demolition derby begins at 2 p.m., rain or shine. Entry fee for one driver and one mechanic is $30 and additional information is available at a website.

This year, about 40 vendors are expected to sell everything from soap to honey to jewelry and more, said organizers Elizabeth Randall and Patricia Wojcik. The vendor roster is nearly tripled from last year, they said.

Youngsters can jump right into the fair competitive arena by participating with the children's pedal tractor contest sponsored by Maple Grove Equipment. The popular event begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

"There's a big assortment of activities for children and adults," Wojcik said. "I was just told that there should be a display of antique snowmobiles, which is very interesting. Our basic premise is to promote agriculture, horticulture and home arts, so we have the exhibition hall displays. I love the exhibits, and it's such a joy to see the people all coming in, especially the young families."


Popular performer Terry a la Berry is scheduled to perform from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

"Everyone should bring their children to that," Randall said.

Boy Scout Troop 38 plans to erect a campsite and provide demonstrations. The group is setting up a climbing wall that will be free to those wishing to scale the structure, Randall said.

Local folks may enter trucks in the Massachusetts Truck Pullers Association truck pulls. The first event is scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and the second is slated for 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

All rules and regulations must be followed and trucks must be inspected before they can enter the event. Full rules and additional information is available at website; click on the "rules" icon.

Horse pulling contests begin at 11 a.m. Saturday. The fair prince and princess will be crowned at 11 a.m. Saturday as well.

Local bands are on the roster, with "Bits and Pieces" performing at 7 p.m. Friday, "Shyne" at 7 p.m. Saturday, and "Rumor" at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Jennifer Trainer Thompson is expected to deliver a presentation and feature several cookbooks that she's written at 11:15 a.m. Saturday. She is asking people who make their own hot sauce to bring a sample to the demonstration for tasting and follow-up discussion.

Favorites including "Birds of Prey" with Tom Riccardi and the acrobatic dog troupe "Pups in the Air" are slated to perform. The dogs will show off their aerial abilities at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Riccardi will demonstrate the nature of the birds at noon Sunday.

Sheep shearing, games, pony rides, cattle and goat judging and other events round out the fair.

Randall said that a pre-fair concert will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday as the J.P. Murphy band, featuring Patrick Gray and his son Patrick, perform folk and Celtic music at Bowe Field. Admission is $5, she said.

If you go ...

What: Adams Agricultural Fair

When: Friday through Sunday; Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday

Where: Bowe Field off Route 8; signs will direct people to the field and parking area

Cost: Three-day pass, $20; adults $8 per day, children 6 -18, $6 per day; children under 5, free. Bowe Field is located off of Route 8 in Adams.