Northern Berkshires cancels fall events

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NORTH ADAMS — The city of North Adams, 1Berkshire and ProAdams have made a collective decision to cancel the 2020 Fall Foliage Parade, Greylock Ramble and RambleFest events.

Due to gathering restrictions in place as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it would not be possible for the 65th Fall Foliage Parade, along with the 53rd Greylock Ramble and ninth RambleFest, to take place this October in a way that ensures the safety of residents, visitors and participants.

Combined, these annual events have the potential to draw over 20,000 participants across the Northern Berkshires.

"Every decision we have made in the interest of protecting public health and public safety in response to the COVID-19 pandemic comes at a cost to our community," North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard said in a statement Wednesday. "Whether it's summer events, Fourth of July fireworks, or now the Fall Foliage Parade and other fall traditions in the Northern Berkshires, I share everyone's disappointment at canceling events that mean so much to our community."

Raymond Gargan, ProAdams co-chairman, stated that the nonprofit group would continue to market Adams and Northern Berkshire as a great place to enjoy the fall foliage season.

"I appreciate the difficult decisions made by the dedicated volunteers who are committed to making Adams and the North Berkshires a better place through annual events such as the Ramble and RambleFest," said Adams Town Administrator Jay Green.

Despite these difficult decisions, the Northern Berkshires welcomes residents and visitors to adhere to the safety precautions and social distancing guidelines and enjoy the natural beauty, culture and cuisine offered in the region each fall.

"While we're encouraged by the return of many important activities in our region, these popular events simply cannot be done responsibly in the current social distancing world that we reside," said 1Berkshire President and CEO Jonathan Butler. "We're hopeful that 2021 will return these traditions in even bigger and better ways."

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