Pittsfield's Ethnic Fair caters to all kinds of tastes
Photo Gallery | 2014 Pittsfield Ethnic Fair and Classic Car Show
PITTSFIELD -- The classic cars were loud on Sunday afternoon.
That was according to Ethan Stone, 8, of Pittsfield.
Ethan and his sister Bella, 6, both like the antique cars, which were part of Sunday's annual Ethnic Fair, but sometimes, when they were revving their engines, he covered his ears.
Along with several thousand other residents and visitors, the Ethnic Fair, held on North Street every July, is a destination.
"We come every year,' said Ethan and Bella's dad, Rick Stone. "This year, we ate before we came, because of the weather. But when we do get lunch, we go to the Polish food tent."
The family also included Ethan and Bella's mom, Shelly Stone, and their dog Isabella, a "min-pin" or miniature pinscher.
The weather was on and off most of the day. The rain hit early Sunday morning and lasted until about 11. The skies alternated between sunny and cloudy during the afternoon.
Rain may have kept some people away, but attendance hovered around 2,000 to 2,500, according to Kristine Hurley, a spokeswoman for Downtown Pittsfield, Inc., the entity that runs the event for the city.
"We have a nice draw today," she said. "We've been around so long, people plan their day around coming out, rain or shine."
The rain wasn't necessarily a factor for local residents, but some officials speculated that visitors, fearing a storm, may have stayed away. As it was, many of those who showed up were packing umbrellas.
"This is always a fun show," said Rudy Pfeiler, of Hinsdale. "I think we would have had more cars here but some people weren't sure about the weather."
Pfeiler is a member of the Piston Poppers Club, which coordinates the Classic Car Show portion of Sunday's event.
He is also the owner of a 1923 T-bucket Ford, a sweet little number that was the same vehicle driven by Edd "Kookie" Byrnes in the 1960s detective series, "77 Sunset Strip."
"It's a great car," said Pfeiler of the T-bucket. "I drive it everywhere, downtown, to the grocery store, all over. It's a little tough to handle, and it's very fast. But it's fun."
As always, the food was varied and delicious. Booths featured Polish, Irish, Italian, Malaysian, Japanese, Eastern European baked goods, Ecuadorian, Mexican and barbecued delicacies.
"The nice thing about the food is that almost every year, we get another booth from a different part of the world," said Mario DeMartino, the longtime chairman of the Ethnic Fair.
The entertainment was also varied, according to Fair Entertainment Chairman Warren Dews. The entertainment included Irish, Polish, Gospel and Spanish music or dancers.
The Polka Dots, a local Polish Dance troupe , performed during the mid-afternoon. The dances were polkas and other Eastern European dances, according to one of the choreographers, Tim Gajewski.
There were also jewelry and booths offering other types of gifts, as well. The Kiwanis Club of Pittsfield was sponsoring a fundraiser for a Park of Honor -- a display of flags to be erected in November in Park Square. The flags will have the name of a local veteran.
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