ADAMS -- You may have already seen it, or even bought yourself a raffle ticket. If so, on Sunday, Aug. 5, it could be yours.
The "Little Red Barn," on display at Adams Community Bank, is part of a fundraiser headed up by the Adams Agricultural Fair Committee, and organizers hope to raise more than $1,000 through the raffle. Funds will be put toward the new steel pavilion currently under construction for the fair at Bowe Field.
"It was made by John Potter, of Adams, who's known as quite a craftsman," Elizabeth Randall, who's in charge of fair publicity, said. "It was one of 10 constructed, with the concept being that the case is both storage and a base."
Adams resident Arthur Brown, who died in 2006, designed the dollhouses over thirty years ago and charged Potter with realizing his visions. Brown's daughter, Sandra Holzer, donated the house to the fair committee this year.
The house is styled in the fashion of a 1778 Adams farmhouse. It comprises a case with wheels that doubles as a base, and premium, furniture-quality Baltic birch plywood and clear pine parts, labeled by Roman numerals for assembly.
Fair committee member Patricia Wojcik has high hopes for the little red barn.
"People are quite interested in it," Wojcik said. "It's cute -- kids want to play with it and adults like looking at it."
Earlier this year, the committee received a $50,000 grant from the state and were then granted $10,000 from
"The finish is so good; it's amazing," Wojcik said. "My understanding is this type of woodwork is quite unique. It's hand done and every piece is meticulously made and fits properly into its specific place."
The Adams Agricultural Fair is scheduled for Aug. 2-5, with the barn raffle falling on the final day at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for the raffle are available at Adams Community Bank for $5 each.
"It would be a beautiful gift to a child or display item to put in a store window," Randall said.
For more information, visit www.adamsfair.com.
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