Berkshire BitsBy Susan Bush
12:00AM / Monday, September 25, 2006
The 25th annual Fall Run weekend celebration drew crowds to Park Street on Sept. 23 and more than an estimated 1800 motorcycles and 2500 riders to the Sept. 24 Shriner's hospital fundraiser.
|Murals painted on Steven Fronsman's Harley-Davidson were hand-painted by Betty Person of North Adams.|
Fall Run Weekend
The Saturday night event included a motorcycle show and two live band performances. Park Street was closed to vehicle traffic and dozens of vintage, classic, and customized motorcycles lined both sides of the street. Among the top bike show prize winners was David Boyer, whose restoration of a 1948 Indian motorcycle earned spectator praise. The motorcycle boasted an original purchase price of $684, Boyer said.
Fall Run photos here Steven Fronsman of North Adams captured a second place finish with a 1978 Harley-Davidson XL 100 bike. Murals were hand-painted on the bike's gas tank. The murals were painted by Betty Person of North Adams, Fronsman said. The bike's flame accents were painted by Charlie Snell. A Fronsman family crest is also painted on the motorcycle.
Fall Run co-founder and street fair organizer Chris Samson said he was happy with the fair turnout. Samson worked with Marty Chittenden and other Fall Run organizers in conjunction with a Downtown Committee to bring the bike event to the street.
Tony and Barbara Falco of Adams participated during the 25th Fall Run.
"Right now it seems to be going well, " Samson said during a Sept. 23 interview. "I really appreciate that everybody has donated their time. The bands, "Johnny's Ghost" and "Longview Gunslingers" donated their time."
All revenues raised at through street fair events and the Fall Run are destined for the Shriner's orthopedic hospital in Springfield, Samson said.
Shriner's hospitals serve children at no cost to their families. The Shriners operate orthopedic hospitals and a trio of burn centers throughout the country; in addition to the Springfield hospital, the Shriners operate a burn center in Boston.
Rain teased without mercy during the Sept. 24 morning, as thousands of bikes rumbled into the Adams-based Fall Run Bowe Field starting point. Run staffers guided the bikes into yellow-tape marked rows upon arrival. Most of the morning remained dry but just 20 minutes before the ride was set to leave the field, a cold, heavy downpour doused bikes and riders with a burst of wetness.
Estimates put the number of Fall Run motorcycles at more than 1800.
The rain ceased minutes before the ride left the field. Riders passed through downtown Adams as part of a 60-mile route that ended at the Mohawk Park in Charlemont.
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North Adams had its share of fun despite the rain. A Children's Road Race at the Joe Wolfe Field drew dozens of young competitors. And a Family Fun Fair was hosted at the Western Gateway Heritage State Park.
Road race winners are: tots age 3 and under, first place Gabriel Lewitt and Caroline Cellana, second place, Brooklyn Hart and Michael Boudreau, third place, Zachary Meczywor an Skylar Moresi; Pre-school aged 4 to 5, Caleb Rondeau and Kelsey Haley, first place, Jacob Fink and Meredith Benjamin, second place, Corbin Rumbolt and Sydney Smith, third place; Pee Wees aged 6 to 7, first place, Cameron Chelstowski amd Meaghan Richards, second place David Cortelli and Elizabeth Wood, third place, Jacob Pierce and Emily Beauchamp; Junior age 8-9 Sully Boland and Casey Gregoire, first place, Cameron Lesure and Taltya Christopher, second place, and Thane Preite and Cecelia Homeston, third place; Senior age 10-11, first place Austin Poulton and Olivia Koperek, second place Cote O'Dowd and Elizabeth Lincoln, and third place, Dalton Cogswell and Alexandria Wood.
Winners were awarded trophies during a ceremony held at the family fair.
Those at the fair experienced some very wet and windy moments when a squall passed overhead and dumped a chilly rain onto those gathered in the park's courtyard. A brisk wind caused a few umbrellas to strain upwards and several vendors were forced to chase items that were blown from tables. A persistent rain began to fall a few minutes later and most fair participants sought cover indoors or left the event.
Anna Rynkowski, 5, participated at activities hosted by the YMCA at a Family Fun Fair.
Prior to the rainy interruption, children rode the park's child-sized "train," played a variety of games, created original designs on pumpkins, and learned fly-fishing techniques.
Multi-photograph slideshows of the Family Fun Fair are posted here
Pumpkin art held the interest of five-year-old Madeline Zelazo at a Family Fun Fair.
Susan Bush may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 802-823-9367.