Winterfest 2014 Brings Hundreds DowntownStaff Reports
01:41AM / Sunday, February 16, 2014
Hundreds of people descended on downtown North Adams to sample local chowder and watch ice sculptures being made. See more photos here.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For the first time in several years, winter arrived for Winterfest.
The storm that blew through the region left more than enough snow for Saturday's 17th annual event.
The festivities included music at various venues, pony rides from Bonnie Lea Farm and marshmallow roasting at the fire pit on Holden Street, ice sculptures crafted by onsite and the popular Chowder Cookoff.
Holding on to to first for the second year in a row was Bounti-Fare with a seafood chowder. The judges — Matt Schilling of The Hub (which came in third last year but didn't enter this year), Ed Damon of The Berkshire Eagle and iBerkshires' Editor Tammy Daniels — also selected Boston Sea Foods for second and Williams College Dining Services for third.
Occasionally, the judges and festivalgoers' picks overlap. That was the case Saturday with the crowd packed into 107 Main St. voting Boston Sea Foods first with the People's Choice Award and handing Williams College second place. Adams Ale House, in its first try, came in third.
Also participating were Richmond Grille, Gramercy Bistro, Aramark/MCLA, Mikey Joe's Barbecue and Drury High School.
The day ended with a skating party at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink.