Photo Gallery | 42nd Adams Agricultural Fair
ADAMS — A tradition like no other in North Berkshire, the 42nd Adams Agricultural Fair on Sunday wrapped up a weekend of food, fun, farming and fender-benders.
The final day's signature event drew the usual capacity crowd surrounding the exhibition ring thirsting for automobile mayhem — all in good fun.
"My favorite part of the fair is the demolition derby," said Heather Morris.
Would the North Adams woman ever enter?
"No, [besides] I'm the safest driver on the road," she quipped.
Sunday is also awards day with judges pinning 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place ribbons on the top-three finishers in 23 categories that include garden vegetables, flowers, photographs, cakes and homemade beverages of wines, hard ciders and beers — Oh My!
All 1,300 were on display in the fair's exhibit hall.
"All these things have to do with life," said the fair's president Pat Wojcik.
In an age of high-tech gadgets and busy personal schedules, the three-day event — especially the competitive exhibits — remains an important part of the community.
"It involves families and kids who learn from what they do at home and their projects," Wojcik noted.
One low-tech piece of farm equipment on display was an Ottawa Log Saw from the 1940s made in Ottawa, Kan.
Steve Marko of Cheshire has owned the gasoline-powered machine for almost a decade, deciding choose the aifr to publcilly dipslay it for the first time.
"When I come next year, I hope to have it running," he said.
The fairgrounds was filled with classic amusement rides, food vendors hawking summertime fare such as fried dough, burgers, hot sausage with peppers and onions and artisans selling their wares.
Live music each day, special food and animal demonstrations, a truck pull and a climbing wall sponsored by Adams Boy Scout Troop 38 helped round out a busy schedule of activities for all ages.
Many of the scouts were on hand helping out, as they often do throughout the year, according to Assistant Scoutmaster Elaine Burdick.
"Our scouts park cars, clean the field ... we do this at most events in town," she said.
Troop 38 is fresh off a week-long canoe/kayak trip in the Adirondacks in northern new York.
The aggie extravaganza also provides a captive audience for fledgling businesses promoting local made products.
Gray Raven Farm of North Adams made it's fair debut, with a fragrant array of goat milk soap and bee-licious all-natural honey.
Dan and Sharon Bergeron started with three goats and two beehives six years ago, but 15 goats and eight hives later, the couple decided last year to start marketing the unexpected surplus.
"We didn't realize how much milk came from a pregnant goat," Mrs. Bergeron said.
The raw honey and goat milk and honey hand lotions are selling, but the big demand is for the 30 varieties of scented soaps, not counting the fall and Christmas seasonal favorites.
With aromas such as watermelon, chocolate and coffee filling the air underneath the Bergeron's vendor tent, the colorfully packaged bathing bars smell good enough to eat.
"A lot of people think they are food," Mrs. Bergeron said.
Contact Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233