NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The streak of Wednesday rainstorms this summer has caused the annual Downtown Celebration to be moved to Thursday night.
The street fair runs this Thursday from 6 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.
Childcare 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.
North Adams Director of Tourism & Community Events, Veronica Bosley said "Even though the event had been rescheduled all of the activities and info tables will still be there, and the weather looks much nicer for Thursday," said Veronica Bosley, the city's director of tourism and community events. "People will also be able to circulate between our event and Party in the Park, happening at Noel Field."
The celebration will also include performances and demonstrations from a variety of groups. Bands and musicians will include Champagne Jam, Colour 9, Lita Williams, and the Berkshire Hills Chorus. Performers will include magician Johnny Mystic, street performer Linda Peck, stilt walkers from an arts group called Mortal Beasts and Deities, Berkshire Dance Theater, Berkshire Line Dancers, Dysfunk Crew and J Star Gymnastics.
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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