America's roots on display at 40th annual Adams Agricultural Fair
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This article was updated on Monday, Aug. 4,. 2014 to correct the name of Dane Greenhalgh, the Aggie Fair Prince.
ADAMS - The Adams Agricultural Fair may be the last of its kind in Berkshire County, but it remains a popular attraction on its 40th anniversary.
Crowds surrounded numerous attractions around Bowe Field, the fair's longtime home, on Saturday. The day's events included a horse pull, a Jeep obstacle course, a tractor pull, live music, a "Birds of Prey" demonstration and more. And, of course, the annual fair Prince and Princess were crowned.
In addition to the main events, the fair also included many attractions celebrating its agricultural roots. Contestants entered their homemade goods - even home-brewed beer - into competition, and the fairgrounds were full of sheep, horses and other farm animals.
One of the morning's most popular events was a Frisbee- throwing, dog-catching demonstration performed by Connecticut-based group Pups in the Air. The dog lovers test the limits of canine athleticism, launching Frisbees through the air for their best friends to catch.
"It's basically combining the person's ability to throw a disc and the dog's to catch it," said Sarah Stewart, who has been involved with the hobby, known as Disc Dogging, for eight years. " It's really a partnership."
Though the trainers showed off their talents, the dogs stole the show. After the demonstration, children and adults alike giddily petted the people- friendly pups. Dogs of all breeds participate, according to Stewart.
"Any dog that can catch," she said.
The Prince and Princess crowns were also awarded Saturday morning. Dane Greenhalgh, 6, of Williamstown, was named the Prince and Nora Therrien, 7, of Savoy, was named the Princess.
The weather, always a question mark during the fair, has held up so far this weekend.
"It's been going very, very well," said longtime fair volunteer Elizabeth Randall.
Randall noted the crowds were especially strong for the horse pull and Jeep obstacle course Saturday. The free bread and cheese samples were popular, as always, Randall noted.
After 40 years, it would be easy to take all of these events for granted. But Joseph Nowak, a fair volunteer who helped establish it in the 1970s, says it's more challenging and costly to run the fair every year.
"We're working hard to keep the fair going," Nowak said.
The fair relies on the generosity of the local community more than ever, as help from the state has declined, Nowak said.
"We're proud to be the last Agricultural Fair in Berkshire County, and it's through the help of a lot of dedicated volunteers," Nowak said.
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