NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's annual block party takes over Main Street this Wednesday.
The 19th annual Downtown Celebration runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Main, Eagle and Holden streets with food, shopping, entertainment and conversation.
More than 100 participants, including local merchants, vendors, restaurants and organizations are expected this year, offering refreshments, games, crafts, raffles and information.
Attendees can expect to see stilt walkers, magicians, games, and performances.
Quite a few organizations are offering activities for families to enjoy. First Baptist Church will host a children's activity area with bounce-houses and food near the L-Shaped Mall on Main Street.
Northern Berkshire Christian Church is also sponsoring free activities and services near the corner of Main and Ashland streets. People can listen to music, eat hot dogs, play children's games or get a manicure or a haircut.
Child Care of the Berkshires will host a children's area at the mouth of the Steeple City Plaza parking lot with activities, games, and information to keep little ones and their parents entertained. The North Adams Ambulance Service will also be on hand to do car-seat safety checks, and the Berkshire County sheriff's office will run a child ID station. Blackinton Union Church youth group will be giving away free cotton candy, balloons and pens at a table located across from TD Bank.
Last year's event had to be moved to Thursday because of a rain, part of a pattern of Wednesday rainstorms that affected several events. This Wednesday is expected to be cooler with a chance of rain.
This year's event welcomes plenty of entertainers, including Hoopla! who will be demonstrating their hula hooping expertise, as well as, bringing plenty of hoops for attendees to enjoy and participate. The stilt walkers will return along with street performer, Linda Peck, who will be performing "Frozen"-themed tricks and illusions. J Star Gymnastics, Zumba, and Freedom Dance will be doing demonstrations, and crowds can enjoy the music of the Drury High School Band, The Brave Brothers Band, Colour 9, Berkshire Hills Chorus and more.
Parking on Main and Eagle streets will not be allowed after 1 p.m. on Thursday. Cars that remain parked on these streets will be towed at the owner's expense.
Downtown Celebration is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union and Mountain One. This event is free and open to the public.
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