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.
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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CHP Adds Nurse Practitioner, Social Worker at Northern Berkshire Medical Practices
ADAMS, Mass. — Community Health Programs has expanded its Northern Berkshires practices with two new health care providers: a social worker and nurse practitioner.
Thomas R. Plunkett, LICSW, is now seeing patients at CHP Adams Internists and CHP North Adams Family Medical and Dental. His position is part of CHP's expansion this year into behavioral health care.
Most recently a private practitioner in Williamstown, Plunkett provides psychotherapy for adults, children, couples and groups, as well as diagnostic evaluation. He has previously practiced in Pittsfield, with a focus on addiction counseling. He was also co-founder of a residential addiction treatment center in Connecticut and previously served as a behavioral health specialist at Canyon Ranch in Lenox and Pittsfield Futures, a drop-out prevention program.
Plunkett earned his B.A. at Hampshire College and his MSW from Simmons College in Boston.
Adult nurse practitioner Jeffrey Bialobok has joined the CHP Adams Internist practice, where he is now accepting adult patients.
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