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The Hay Day fair includes old-fashioned games like sack races for the kids.
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Williamstown Historical Museum Hosts Hay Day Fair

By Rebecca DravisiBerkshires Staff
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — "Is everyone having a good time?"

The question came through a bullhorn from Patrick Quinn, a volunteer with the Willilamstown Historical Museum, which on Sunday hosted its second annual Hay Day fair.

The crowd of several hundred people cheered back, but Quinn kept going.

"I can't hear you!" he yelled.

A bigger cheer came from the crowd of families and other visitors who came out to the museum's home on New Ashford Road for an old-fashioned small-town country fair with traditional and colonial games for all ages, like sack races and egg-drop races, craft demonstrations, a bake sale, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, pony rides and a petting zoo with baby goats, a cow, chickens and more.

Sarah Currie, the executive director of the Williamstown Historical Museum, said she was thrilled with the large crowd and beautiful day for the fair, which serves as a fundraiser for the museum’s mission of preserving Williamstown’s history.

"I'm astounded and grateful for the turnout," she said. "It was a fabulous, fun family day."

A woman watching her young grandchildren get their faces painted and create spin art echoed that sentiment as she watched their smiles.

"This is a fun fair, isn't it?" she said.


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