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Last year's Eagle Street Beach Party drew tons of sand and families.

Eagle Street Beach Party And Fiesta Returns Friday

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Children spent the day having fun at the beach during last years event. For more photos of last year's party, check out the slideshow.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Eagle Street will transform into a beach on Friday, July 13, as the city will host a double event — the Eagle Street Beach Party and the Mexican Fiesta.
 
The beach event, which originated in 1999, will take place from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30. More than 250,000 pounds of sand, donated by Specialty Minerals and delivered by the city, will be spread curb-to-curb down the entire street. 
 
Everyone who stops in will receive a prize or a toy. Mildred Elley donated 250 sand pails and shovels while Adams Community Bank will supply the beach balls. Many of the Eagle Street vendors will be giving away gift certificates and other prizes to sand sculptors with the most creative castles or sculptures. No experience in necessary and while spraypaint is not allowed, food dye is. In addition, Persnickity Toys will host a limbo contest with toy prizes awarded to the winners.
 
Afterwards, from 7 p.m. until 10, the third annual Mexican Fiesta will follow with live music by Misguided, margaritas and Coronas. (Make sure you bring your ID.) Dress is casual and Desporados, Jack's Hot Dog Stand, Village Pizza and Supreme Pizza and Wings will provide the food.

The rain date is set for July 20. After the event, the sand will be used at local playgrounds and parks, including Windsor Lake.

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