The Berkshires Blog

Fairs, Festivals and Pow-Wows (BHGH)

Zucchini-FestivalEver been to a country Fair?  How about a Pow-Wow?  The Berkshires have some great ones and August is a busy time of year.  If you sampled just a few this month, you were hoppin’ busy!

The 38th Adams Agricultural Fair early in the month drew nearly 3,000 people.   The three day event featured an array of poultry, sheep, and food competitions; livestock of all sorts; rescued reptiles,  falconry,  beekeeping , magic, Native American drumming,  knife throwing, a battle of the bands, a horse and tractor pull, a jeep obstacle course and finally – a demolition derby!   Whew!  If you missed it, no worries – the Aggie Fair in Adams is only going to get bigger & better for next year!

Rock, Rattle, & Drum, the Annual Native American Pow-Wow returned to the Berkshires on August 10 & 11 to Bowe Field, in Adams MA.  Celebrating  Native- American culture, and presented by Healing Winds of Lenox, the Pow-Wow exploded with a weekend full of Indian music, dance, educational activities, arts and crafts vendors, and more.  It’s fun for all ages , and a great way to connect with the First Nation Tribes of the Berkshire area.

Another August event is the whimsical Zucchini Festival in West Stockbridge.  Hosted by West Stockbridge Cultural Council, the 10th Annual Festival opened with the Pet Show and Parade and closed 12 hours later with a blast of music – this year with Berkshire’s  own Samba drum and jam band,  The Berkshire Bateria.   There’s always  loads of zucchini zaniness in between too – including music, gondolas, a petting zoo, bouncy house, zucchini costume contest, zucchini weigh-off, zucchini catapult, and zucchini cooked up in all kinds of ways by some of the area’s best chefs.

And finally, one of the oldest fairs in the area, the Berkshire County 4-H Youth Fair kicked-off its  72nd run this year.  The 1 day fair is unique in that it is run by and for youth and is the oldest continually run youth fair in the country.  Free to both attend and enter, it features several exhibition halls and livestock pavilions, live music, games, horses and more.

And if after all that, you still had some energy to spare, I hope you make it to Mass MoCA on August 16-18th for crazy, geek-punk marching band, Mucca Pazza.   Now that’s an August!

Until Next Time-Berkshire Hidden Gem Hunter