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Adams Agricultural Fair Marks 45th Year This Weekend

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ADAMS, Mass. — The Adams Agricultural Fair returns this weekend for its 45th year.
 
The annual fair — and the only one held in Berkshire County — celebrates the town's agricultural roots and brings together the local farming community for a weekend of history, live entertainment, and fun.
 
The fairgrounds at Bowe Field open at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, and the event runs through the weekend with a rodeo Saturday and the popular demolition derby Sunday.
 
Touch a Truck, which allows young children the opportunity to see inside large vehicles like fire engines and highway trucks, starts at 6 p.m. on Friday and will feature the Pittsfield Police Department's "Copsicle" ice cream and ice pops van. The children's pedal tractor contest takes place at 6:30 and there will be live music beginning at 7.
 
Gates open Saturday morning at 10 when the judging of adult sheep and goats begins and at 10 on Sunday with more livestock judging and the oxen pulls. 
 
The fair will feature judging and prizes for animals, produce, foods and crafts, along with vendors of food and items, carnival rides and games, craft activities, Western Mass Master Gardeners, live music  (including Terry a la Berry), performances, exhibits and demonstrations.
 
Events will take place throughout both Saturday and Sunday and a complete schedule can be found here.
 
Highlights: 
  • Touch a Truck with Pittsfield's Copsicle at 6 p.m. on Friday
  • Crowning of the "Aggie" Fair Prince and Princess at 11 on Saturday
  • Horse pulls begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday
  • Double M Pro Rodeo begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday
  • Ox pull begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday
  • Adams Police K9 Kumar at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday
  • Demolition Derby at 2 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine.
  • Presentation of awards at 4 p.m. on Sunday
Admission is $10 adults or $25 for a three-day pass. Children ages 5 to 12 are $8, and those 4 and younger are free.
 

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Adams Selectmen See Different Tax Rate Scenarios

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — If the town sticks with a split tax rate at the same shift as this year, residents could be looking at a 49 cent increase over this year’s rate.
 
Assessor Donna MacDonald went over possible tax rate scenarios for fiscal 2020 at the Selectmen's workshop on Wednesday. The board will vote on the tax classifications next week.
 
MacDonald said the total amount to be raised for the fiscal 2020 budget is $16,083,959. Subtracting estimated receipts of $5,054,868 brings this amount to $11,029,090. Debt exclusion has been pulled out of this number.
 
Dividing this by the total valuation of $516,763,257 sets a single tax rate of $22.60. Last year’s single tax rate would have been $22.08.
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