Rodeo event returning for Adams Agricultural Fair

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ADAMS — The 44th annual celebration of the agricultural lifestyle is set for Bowe Field in the first weekend in August and officials are again expecting to draw up to 5,000 visitors.

While traditional favorites will be returning — like the demolition derby, horse pull and petting zoo — a new feature might turn out to be a big hit at the event slated for Aug. 3 through 5.

On Saturday afternoon, the Double M Rodeo will reintroduce an event that hasn't been seen in the region for some time.

"Some of our fair members thought it would be a good event — a good old-fashioned rodeo," said Elizabeth Randall, fair director.

She said plenty of events will feature fur-bearing critters, including a doggie stunt show, livestock judging, Saturday's horse pull and Sunday's ox pull. There will also be a birds of prey demonstration.

A popular returning act, Terry a la Berry and Friends, will provide family friendly entertainment Saturday afternoon, Randall said.

Also new this year will be a beer garden offered during the Saturday night concert by "Bits and Pieces."

The popular baking and canning contests will be back. Entry forms are due by July 31 and are available at the libraries in Adams, North Adams and Williamstown and online at www.adams-agricultural-fair.org.

"There should be something fun for everyone," Randall said.

The Adams Aggie Fair started 44 years ago at the Polanka Picnic Grounds on Mill Street as a one-day affair, she recalled.

That one-day event in 1975, was originally part of the town's week-long SumFest celebration, which is now known as Susan B. Anthony Days. In 1976, dairy and beef cow judging was added along with a flea market, an art show, children's arts performances and displays of farm tools and antique bottles. By 1978, the fair had expanded to three days of events including a horse show.

By 1986, the fair had quickly outgrown the picnic grounds. The town offered the fair a lease on Bowe Field, which was rarely used at the time. Volunteers cleaned up the site and sought grants and other funding to create improvements like the cattle barn, the small animal barn and the pavilion.

Today, Randall said, Bowe Field hosts a number of events and guests on its 13-acre site, including acting as a camping site for attendees of the FreshGrass and Solid Sound music festivals at Mass MoCA.

The field is located at 371 Old Columbia St. in Adams.


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