'Battle of the Bands' to kick off 40th annual Adams Agricultural Fair


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ADAMS -- Organizers of the 40th annual Adams Agricultural Fair, which kicks off on Thursday and runs through Sunday, are making sure this is one to remember.

The 2014 fair, which takes place at Bowe Field, will be a mixture of old favorites, such as the demolition derby, and new attractions like a lengthened Jeep obstacle course.

The fair begins with a Battle of the Bands at 6 p.m. on Thursday, but at 5:30 p.m. on Friday there is an opening ceremony with refreshments.

"We try to keep it an educational and old-time fair," said Elizabeth "Betty" Randall, a volunteer fair organizer. "There's poultry on display, we have a cattle barn, we have a lot of sheep, goats, ducks and all that, and we have a big exhibit hall."

And while the traditional and educational value of the fair is something its volunteers take a great pride in, they aren't stuck in the 19th century. This year, there will be a demolition derby on Sunday at 2 p.m., a gasoline-engine truck pull at noon and diesel-engine truck pull at 7 p.m., and a new-and-improved Jeep obstacle course at 10 a.m. All of the events are open to the community to enter in.

"Last year we had a small Jeep obstacle course, this year it will be much bigger," Randall said. "This year we're supposed to have some mud."

The purse for this year's demolition derby is $1,500, which Randall expects to spur quite a bit of local competition.

This year's Aggie Fair Prince and Princess will be crowned at 11 a.m. on Saturday, a long-standing tradition.

In addition to all of these events, there will be live music every night and other forms of entertainment, such as a knife-thrower and frisbee-chasing dogs.

"We have entertainment going on all the time," Randall said.

The complete fair schedule can be found at its website, http://adams-agricultural-fair.org -- another new addition this year.

Once the 40th fair ends, it'll be time to start planning for the 41st.

"We meet all year round," Randall said. "We'll start meeting two weeks after the fair . . . .There's a lot of planning that goes into it, and we have wonderful volunteers."

If you go:

What: 40th Adams Agricultural Fair

When: Battle of the Bands competition takes place Thursday at 6 p.m.. Fair runs Friday, Aug. 1 to Sunday, Aug. 3

Where: Bowe Field, off Route 8, Adams

Admission: Adults are $5 on Friday and Saturday, $6 on Sunday, children under 10 are $1; three-day adult pass is $10. Parking is free.

More information: Online at http://adams-agricultural-fair.org/ or on Facebook at http://facebook.com/pages/Adams-Agricultural-Fair/7548266371

Schedule highlights

Thursday, July 31

6 p.m. Battle of the Bands

Friday, Aug. 1

5:45 p.m. "Up in the Air Discdogger" Show

6 p.m. Cruise in 2014 Street Rods, Classic and Custom Vehicles, Jeeps

6 p.m. One Sharp Marriage (Knife Throwers)

7 p.m. "Bits and Pieces" Dance and Easy Listening Music

7 p.m. Children's Pedal Tractor Contest sponsored by Maple Grove Equipment

Saturday, Aug. 2

10 a.m. Jeep Obstacle Course

11 a.m. Crowning of Aggie Fair Prince & Princess

11 a.m. Horse Pull

Noon Truck pull (gas engines)

12:30 p.m. Sheep Dog Demonstration

1 p.m. Birds of Birds of Prey program by Tom Riccardi

2:30 p.m. One Sharp Marriage (Knife Thrower)

4 p.m. "Hill Billy" Lawn Tractor Pull (Entries Welcome)

4-7 p.m. "Phil n the Void" with Special Guest - Phil Grovers Rock & Roll Revue

7 p.m. Berkshire County Line Dancers

7 p.m. Truck Pull (Diesel Engines)

8 p.m. Tommy T & Black Velvet

Sunday, Aug. 3

11 a.m. Ox pull

Noon One Sharp Marriage (Knife Thrower)

1 p.m. Sheep Dog Demonstration

1:30 "Kickin in the Sticks"

2 p.m. Demolition Derby, rain or shine

5 p.m. Awards ceremony

Ongoing throughout the weekend: Belanger Brothers Amusements; Austrian Haflingers - Sommer Hill Farm; WOW (Watershed on Wheels Visitor Center), a display of antique engines and tractors by Dennis Thomas and demonstrations by: "Hill Billy" wood crafter Jerry Goodermote; wool spinning by Lauren Levesque and the Northern Berkshire Beekeepers Association.


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